The Snow Queen, Warwick Arts Centre. Nona Shepphard's adaptation, for Theatre Centre, of the Hans Andersen tale is full of interest and variety of tone, with stunningly beautiful designs by Amanda Fiske, but it could do with further tightening of the narrative line.
A splendid addition to the story is the Fire Queen, played with bravura by Kate Maravan. This brings the play to a thrilling climax as Fire and Snow fight to the death for mastery of the earth in a vibrant mimedance scene to Jeanefer Jean Charles' choreography and Stephanie Nunn's original music.
Strong performances by Niki Holinshed as the tough, loyal Gerda; Susannah Elliott as a snarling, slavering Wolf, and Sandra Yaw as a rumbustious Robber Girl, bring these characters vividly to life but the Rose, Raven and Reindeer (Peter Shorey in various disguises) are ill-served by a camp-comic interpretation.
Suitable for 5 to 11 year olds. Running time 2hrs with performances (matinees and evenings) until January 7. Box Office: 01203 524524.