Review: The Snow Queen at the Lyric Theatre

Review: The Snow Queen at the Lyric Theatre

This Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Paul Boyd and the team that brought you the Lyric’s hit musicals Peter Pan, Alice The Musical, and Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Agepresent an all-new version of The Snow Queen, on the Lyric main stage Fri 25 Nov – Sat 31 Dec 2022.

Join Gerda (Calla Hughes) on her quest in Paul Boyd's new musical adventure, a glittering spectacular for all ages adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's much-loved tale of courage, adventure, and friendship.

Gerda works in her grandmother's (Christina Nelson) busy flower shop in the centre of town where, for as long as she can remember, the roses are delivered every morning by her friend, one of the town's young men, Kai (Ben McGarvey). One night an unexpected cold wind blows across the land, and when the windows of the town begin to freeze over grandmother fears the worst - the Snow Queen (Ruby Campbell) has returned. When Kai disappears Gerda sets off on a long journey to find him. In search of a palace that sits amongst the snowy, frozen peaks of Finnmark, she meets lots of colourful characters along the way including Oakie (Christopher Finn), Captain Crow (Darren Franklin), The Prince (Aaron Halliwell).


The love child of Encanto and Frozen, with equally as catchy music, superb singing, lots of fun, so much talent and a great story of friendship, courage, adventure, and family.

What a cast! Christina Nelson is an energetic performer as always. Where does she find her energy? Ruby as the Snow Queen has a phenomenal voice! They all play multiple roles, most obviously Christina with 3 high profile characters, and goodness she does it so well and with a touch of comedy.

Some reviewers might say it’s a great show for kids, but what adult wouldn’t enjoy the escapism for a moment into this Disneyesque world.

We left happy but knackered. Happy because it’s a joyful uplifting show, knackered because the energy on stage just drained us! How they do that night after night deserves the massive round of applause they got at the end.

A fantastic start to the festive show season in Belfast! 

Tickets for The Snow Queen start from £12 and available to book now on

The Snow Queen

The Lyric Theatre is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding and Belfast City Council.

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