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The Snow Queen

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A Bristol Old Vic Production


Come on an epic adventure this Christmas with Bristol Old Vic's enchanting new version of Hans Christian Andersen's timeless story The Snow Queen.

Best friends Gerda and Kai are inseparable, growing up in their close-knit village surrounded by laughter and song. Their world is turned upside down when children start disappearing, and the legend of the strangely beautiful Snow Queen becomes all too real.

When Kai too is stolen away, Gerda sets off on an ambitious and dangerous journey to save her best friend. On her way, a hodgepodge of mysterious characters - including a magpie, a garden of colourful flowers and a trusty reindeer - help her discover her true strength.

Featuring cracking live music and original songs, this electrifying coming-of-age tale directed by Lee Lyford (The Nutcracker) celebrates the things that make us different and the value of true friendship.

a shivery, darkly comic delight"


Deliciously dark"


a feast for the eyes"


a visual feast of stagecraft"


The Snow Queen

2 Dec-15 Jan
7pm, 4pm, 2pm

(plus booking fee)

Press Night Thu 8 Dec, 7pm

Ages 7+

@bristololdvic  #SnowQueen

Creative Team

Writer Vivienne Franzmann
Lee Lyford
Tom Rogers
Composer, Lyricist & Musical Director Gwyneth Herbert
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Sound Designer Tim Atack
Projection Designer
Will Duke
Puppetry Designer & Director Marc Parrett
Costume Supervisor Jennie Falconer
Assistant Director Alex Moxon


Emily Burnett, Jessica Hayles, Gwyneth Herbert, Joanna Holden, Zara Ramm, Branko Ristic, Faith Ristic, Steven Roberts, Dylan Wood & Miltos Yerolemou.

Image Design Extra Strong
Image Photography Jack Offord

Ticket Offers


Tickets from £14-£9.50 (plus booking fee)


Family tickets
Four tickets - 2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children
20% off performances* from Sat 10 Dec-Sun 18 Dec, and Tue 3 Jan-Sun 15 Jan
10% off super peak performances* from Tue 20 Dec-Sun 3 Jan
*Standard terms and conditions apply. Top 4 price bands only. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

Groups and Schools

Groups of 10+ £3 off all tickets (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 20+ As above, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)
Groups of 50+ £6 off all tickets, plus 1 in 20 tickets free (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Schools of 10+
£12.50 Upper Circle / £7.50 Gallery tickets available (excl Fri & Sat eve)

Access Performances

Signed performance Sat 17 Dec, 2pm
Audio described performance Sat 7 Jan, 2pm with touch tour 12 midday
Captioned performance Sat 14 Jan, 2pm

Friends of Bristol Old Vic

20% off full price tickets
Limited to 4 tickets per Friend, excl Fri & Sat eves
Not available Tue 20 Dec-Sun 1 Jan

This summer, we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.

Theatre Entrance

You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.

Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.

Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.

Ticket Collection

On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.

For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.

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