The Snow Queen (Nicol)

by  Hans Christian Andersen, Ron Nicol

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

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


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences
  • 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 lovely script." - Redditch Standard

"A fairy-tale treat!" - Arts Archive

"A delight for family audience!" - Scene One

"Magical!" - Stourbridge News

"Spellbinding!" -  Lowestoft Journal


Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget


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License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The story takes on an open stage with minimal changes to suggest Grandmother's home in Denmark, the Enchantress's garden, a palace exterior, a forest, Lapland, Finland, and the Snow Queen's ice palace.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive


  • 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

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras



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, who has written more than fifty one-act dramas, comedies, plays for young people, full length plays, and pantomimes. His work has been produced in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany ...

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First presented by Glenrothes Theatre Company in Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland in 1996.

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