World Premiere

Scottish Ballet’s 50th anniversary year comes to a spectacular close with the world premiere of The Snow Queen. This glittering new production is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s much-loved tale – which was also the basis for Frozen. It will be set to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, performed live by the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra. 

From the bustle of a winter’s market to the shivers of a fairytale forest, take a journey to the Snow Queen’s palace, where you’ll find her surrounded by the icy fragments of an enchanted mirror. Along the way you’ll meet a colourful cast of characters, from young lovers parted by a spell to a circus ringmaster with a few tricks up his sleeve.

Choreographed by Christopher Hampson and designed by the award-winning Lez Brotherston, this story of love and friendship is sure to delight the whole family. 

Running time: Approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes including a 25 minute interval.


‘★★★★★ Scottish Ballet’s Christmas present to us all is the world premiere of a Snow Queen...a truly memorable high.’

The Herald

‘★★★★★ Frosty and firelit, sweet and sharp, it's another Scottish Ballet Christmas triumph.’

The List

‘★★★★ Each scene carries robust choreography, beautifully delivered to a pick ‘n’ mix of Rimsky Korsakov classics.’

The Scotsman


The Sunday Herald


The Times
The Snow Queen – Performance


We warmly acknowledge and thank the patrons who have generously supported The Snow Queen through our Five in Five Campaign