25 November to 3 January 2016
Reviewed by Deborah Goodliffe
We were able to park a five minute walk away from the theatre and it was free to park during the evening.
The theatre is easily accessible from the front of the building which is the original entrance with foyer area. The new entrance is at the rear of the building and forms part of the cultural quarter of Northampton, which was built recently and has easy access for all abilities.
The toilets in all areas were clean and modern and had disabled and mother and baby facilities. The building was clean with fresh modern decor.
Bar staff were friendly and asked us what we were seeing and engaged in conversation freely.
The theatre itself was small and felt intimate with an approximate 250 seats. A proper theatre! featuring ornate plasterwork, balcony and embellished velvet curtains with hand painted stage curtain that lifted to reveal a small stage.
A brief summary of ‘The Snow Queen’ is that a princess has a baby boy, but the jealous magic troll steals the baby. The princess heart breaks and she banishes herself into the ice and snow in grief where she becomes the wicked ‘Snow Queen’. The Snow Queen is feared by everyone. One day she kidnaps Kai and takes him back to her ice palace and his friend Gerda promises to rescue him. Gerda meets fairytale characters on her journey who help her to find Kai. All the characters teach us something and Gerda becomes brave and strong. When The Snow Queen realises that Kai is indeed her long lost son that she has kidnapped and treated cruelly she repents and becomes kind. Characters include a hilarious reindeer, Father Christmas, a comical witch and an adorable Raven.
The show was absolutely brilliant from the very start! The cast of seven people each played more than one character each. Costumes were superb throughout and the Snow Queen was glorious in glitter and glass that reflected throughout the stage. The script was very humorous and had plenty of adult humour as well as elements that the young audience members could appreciate.
We took a seven year old and a fifteen year old and they both agreed that the staging lights, effects including smoke, music which was sung live by the actors supported by a backing track, were in their words ‘awesome’. There were no weaknesses in performance and the standard of acting and singing was amazing! We felt there were no weak aspects of the evening.
We all enjoyed this performance enormously and would recommend it highly!
Tickets cost from £9.50 to £24 (booking fees may apply).
The Snow Queen is at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton until 3 January 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01604 624811.
Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP | 01604 624811