About The Snow Queen

By Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Morna Young
Directed by Cora Bissett

Following classic Christmas production of An Edinburgh Christmas Carol the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh presents a brand new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen for Christmas 2023.

Aince upon a time, in a world lang forgotten, strange creatures roamed the land...

When the beautiful and fearsome Snow Queen steals young Kei away to her frozen kingdom, she leaves behind the brave and brilliant Gerda, an Edinburgh lass who will stop at nothing to rescue her best friend.

But the Snow Queen has lodged shards of her magical ice into Kei’s heart, turning him cold and mean. Can Gerda, with the help of friends she meets along the way, track her pal through the magical, wintery world of the Snow Queen and melt his frozen heart before it’s too late?

Join us for a beautiful, festive and musical adventure as we follow young Gerda on her quest to save Kei, and the world, from an eternal winter. Snow, songs, ice palaces, and a dazzling pink unicorn awaits!

5 Stars

"A must-see"

A Youngish Perspective

4 Stars

"a wonderful mix of high camp and Scottish myth"

The Times

4 Stars

"inventive, effervescent and ...joyful"

All Edinburgh Theatre

4 Stars

"brilliantly inventive festive offering "

The Telegraph

4 Stars

"a bold, expansive and richly musical production."

The Guardian

4 Stars

"steeped in Scotland’s fantastical mythology"

The Herald

4 Stars

"a musical extravaganza"

Scots Gay Arts

4 Stars

"a stirringly scored, good-humoured adventure"

The Quintessential Review

Group Discounts

Available on all Gold and Silver performances. Valid identification will be required to verify age or status. Discounts not available on price band A+

Adult groups of 8+

£5 off price bands A and B
£3 off price band C and D


£10 price bands A and B
£9 price band C and D

One FREE adult helper per 10 pupils.
Additional adult helper tickets at adult group 8+ rate (as above)

Individual Discounts

Available on all Gold and Silver performances. Discounts not available on price band A+

  • Seniors (65+): £3 off price bands A, B, C and D
  • Arts Workers: £4 off price bands A, B, C and D
  • Students, Young Scots, Registered Unemployed: £6 off price bands A, B, C and D
  • Under 18s: £10 off all price bands
  • People with Disabilities: £6 off all price bands. If you require an essential companion, please call our Box Office on (0131) 248 4848 to book one free ticket.

Cast and Credits

  • Writer Morna Young
  • Director Cora Bissett
  • Designer Emily James
  • Casting Director Orla O'Connor
  • Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell
  • Composer, Musical Supervisor, & Sound Designer Finn Anderson
  • Musical Director Shonagh Murray
  • Movement Director Jack Webb
  • Fight Director EmmaClaire Brightlyn
  • Associate Director Niloo-Far Khan
  • Producer Laura Clark
  • Dramaturg Jackie Crichton
Ticketing information
Season Ticket Holders

Please be aware that Season Ticket Holders are not entitled to a 20% discount.

Touch Tours

Please book in advance by calling our Box Office on 0131 248 4848

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