The Snow Queen (Abridged version)

Short Play

An abridged version of Ron Nicol's popular full-length dramatisation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale.

The Snow Queen (Abridged version)

  • Duration
    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences



A dramatisation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic story.

Gerda, a little girl, searches for her friend Kai when he's kidnapped by the Snow Queen. With the help of a Crow and a Reindeer, Gerda travels to the Far North, where she confronts the Snow Queen in her ice palace and releases Kai.

A one-act version of Ron Nicol's full-length adaptation.


Premiere UK production - 15 July 2017 - The Authentic Performance Academy, North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

Premiere USA production - 15 July 2017 - The Junior Intern Company, Barn Playhouse, New London, New Hampshire


There are seventeen speaking characters with a wide age range and opportunities for doubling and trebling of roles. Several characters can be male or female.

  • Time Period Not Applicable
  • Setting

    Denmark, Lapland, Finland and the Far North

  • Features Fantasy Costumes
  • Additional Features No intermission
  • Duration 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Ron Nicol

Ron Nicol is an award-winning Scottish playwright published in the UK, United States and the Netherlands. He has written more than 50 one-act dramas, comedies, plays for young people, full-length plays and pantomimes. His work has been produced in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada ...

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