Review: Scottish Ballet's The Snow Queen at Newcastle Theatre Royal
Despite its icy name, The Snow Queen was a heart-warming show which proved how beautiful ballet can be
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale (which, fun fact, also inspired the popular Disney film Frozen), this was a story of love told through sensational music and dance.
We were introduced to three central female characters: Gerda on a quest to rescue her true love, pickpocket Lexi who is always by her side, and the enchanting Snow Queen (who, together with her wolves, stole the show in our opinion).
My partner quietly commented on the exquisite costumes (particularly those of the circus ringmaster), but I was far too focused on the fantastic sets which fluidly took us from the bustle of a market in winter, into an eery forest, and on to the icy realms of the Snow Queen’s palace. A lot of the more intimate scenes were framed by clever lighting. The ballet was to the music of Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and the full Scottish Ballet Orchestra were performing live but the music was so faultless we had to keep glancing down to check.
A shorter show than what we’re used to (it reached its interval after just 40 minutes), this was the perfect tale for first-time ballet goers – but it was far from amateur. From the acrobatic performances of the circus cast to the delicate moves of Lexi and Gerda, it was a showcase of all that ballet has to offer. If you missed it this time, we’re sure it’ll be back on the road again soon.