The Snow Queen (Nicol)

by  Hans Christian Andersen, Ron Nicol

Full Length Play

Gerda, a little girl, searches for her friend Kai when he is bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice palace.

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  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Skilfully adapted from the famous original story by Hans Christian Andersen, this is the story of Gerda, a little girl who searches for her friend Kai when he is bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice palace. Gerda's innocence charms all good people and animals she meets on the way. They help her to the royal court, and on to Lapland, where good conquers evil and the children are reunited.

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"a fairy-tale treat" (Arts Archive)

"takes the audience on a magical journey (Swansea Little Theatre)

"...a special poignancy and power" (This is South Wales)

"the play has everything" (Heathfield School)

"a great show for the whole family" (Coastal FM)

"moving and wonderfully warm" (Faust International Youth Theatre, Hong Kong)





Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage


  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Flexible casting with varying ages. Several roles can be male or female.


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Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales make up a necessary componenant to any collection of fairy tales. In fact, Andersen's life was like a fairy tale in many ways. Out of the poverty, hardship, and loneliness of his youth, he came to be one of the most honored men of his time. Many of the more than 16 ...

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Ron Nicol

Ron Nicol is an award-winning Scottish playwright published in the UK, the USA, and the Netherlands. He's written more than fifty one-act dramas, comedies, plays for young people, full length plays, and pantomimes, which have been produced in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany, the ...

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1996 Glenrothes Theatre Company, Fife, Scotland.

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