Media Release: Heart-melting production of The Snow Queen at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


The Snow Queen (press photos and tickets available on request)

Written by Stuart Patterson

Directed by Dougie Irvine

Thu 8 Dec – Fri 16 Dec

Tickets information: 0141 332 5057

Heart-melting production of The Snow Queen at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

HANS Christian Andersen’s magical fairytale, The Snow Queen, is being brought to life in an enchanting family Christmas show that will melt the iciest of hearts.

This wintery story of the timeless fairytale, written in 1844, features a spectacular set design by Robin Peoples and wonderfully adventurous retelling of this abiding story with a twist – in this story the girl saves the boy and the icy Snow Queen is played by both a man and woman.

The Snow Queen, played by third year actors, Ainsley Jordan and Luke O’Doherty, has cast a spell on Kay (played by both Adler Hyatt and Anders Drivdal) freezing his heart and stealing him away to her Ice Palace – all part of her wicked plan to turn the world into a forever winter land.

But young Gerda (Alyssa Wininger) has different ideas and undertakes a daring quest to rescue both Kay and the world from the Snow Queen’s icy grip.

The classic children’s tale of adventure, friendship and bravery, is brought to the Royal Conservatoire stage by writer, Stuart Patterson, who created this production in 1983.

With fascinating characters and filled with breathtaking on-stage magic, The Snow Queen is directed by Dougie Irvine.

Dougie Irvine, director, said: “Since it was first written, the story has existed in many different forms – on film and television, in theatre as operas, musicals and dance dramas, and even as a video game.

“The story has a special place for me too – with memories both happy and terrifying – when as a young trainee theatre director I assisted on a version and then scarily had to step on the stage at the last minute to replace an actor who injured himself during the interval!

“This version for the Royal Conservatoire was first produced in 1983 and has been regularly performed since, with its fun, magic and great story telling.

“Working on it has been a delight and everyone – this new generation of student actors, technicians, crew and the supporting professionals – has done a remarkable job.”

Photo credit: KKDundas/RCS

Media contact:

Katie Bell


(t)   0141 270 8387

(m) 07834 785014

Notes to editors:

About the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is ranked sixth in the world for performing arts education is ranked number one in Scotland for graduate employability.

The Conservatoire is a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts. Building on our roots in 1847 as a national academy of music, we are now one of Europe’s most multi-disciplinary performing arts higher education centres offering specialised teaching across music, drama, dance, film and production as well as encouraging trans-disciplinary learning throughout our innovative curriculum.

Around 900 students are currently pursuing degrees at RCS across our specialisms. We work in partnership with the national companies, including the National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera and BBC Scotland, to provide students with the very best learning experiences the Scottish landscape has to offer.

Based in the heart of Glasgow, RCS is also a busy performing arts venue; we host more than 500 public performances each year and issue around 64,000 tickets from our box office annually. Additionally, we teach over 3,000 part-time learners every year through our Junior Conservatoire and Lifelong Learning Departments.

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