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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.

Places, Dates & Times

  • Edinburgh

    Festival Theatre

    The Snow Queen Inclusive Performance

    Inclusive performances are designed for people with a range of additional support needs and their families. Frequent attendees of our inclusive performances include people with physical and learning difficulties, others living with dementia, and mothers with very young babies.

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