Fire and snow
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.