Hans Christian Andersen

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The Snow Queen review – bold, imaginative and richly musical
Young Gerda is sent on an epic quest across mythical Scotland by steam train, cross-country skis, fishing boat and unicorn in Morna Young’s version

Mark Fisher

27, Nov, 2023 @8:00 AM

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The Snow Queen review – flurry of fun needs more sense of adventure
Working best as an origin story, this new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale is poignant but lacks danger

Chris Wiegand

23, Nov, 2023 @4:30 PM

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The Fir Tree review – a must-see festive family fairy tale
Hannah Khalil’s lo-fi retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1844 story cleverly weaves in humour, carols and a contemporary lesson on woodland conservation

Arifa Akbar

22, Dec, 2022 @12:58 PM

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‘They want to dream a little longer’: the deep appeal of mermaids
Wherever you look – in cinemas, theatres, sculpture or down at your local lido – these magical creatures are bewitching an ever growing audience

Lyndsey Winship

26, Oct, 2022 @1:00 PM

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The Not So Ugly Duckling: A Play for Grown-Ups review – learning to fly
Maria MacDonell and Jo Clifford consider the classic Hans Christian Andersen story and don’t shy away from nature’s cruelty

Mark Fisher

18, Aug, 2022 @7:05 PM

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Top 10 magical short stories | Uschi Gatward
From Oscar Wilde to Dorothy Parker and Sherman Alexie, these stories capture enchantments that are often camouflaged in ordinary life

Uschi Gatward

01, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Snow Queen review – whirl through Scarborough's winter wonderland
Polly Lister plays umpteen parts in this spirited Hans Christian Andersen adaptation filmed at Stephen Joseph theatre

Chris Wiegand

06, Jan, 2021 @9:26 AM

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Top 10 books about mermaids | Monique Roffey
Away from Disney’s candied revisions, these stories – from Hans Christian Andersen to Helen Dunmore – tell archetypal truths about women’s experience

Monique Roffey

09, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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#Notmymermaid: the Disney row is ridiculous – who knows what mermaids look like?
The backlash against a black Little Mermaid was instantaneous and ugly. But dark-skinned water goddesses swam in our imaginations long before Ariel

Monique Roffey

16, Mar, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes review – an enchanted evening
Ashley Shaw makes a triumphant return as doomed ballerina Vicky Page

Sarah Crompton

22, Dec, 2019 @2:00 PM

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The Snow Queen; Nutcracker review – cold comfort
The icy monarch meets her match in Scottish Ballet’s sensuous new production, while ENB’s Clara dreams on


15, Dec, 2019 @5:30 AM

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Frozen II review – a charming return but the thaw's setting in
Beloved heroine Elsa has a great new song as she heads into the enchanted forest in this funny, likable but underpowered sequel. Is it time to let her go?

Peter Bradshaw

14, Nov, 2019 @5:03 PM

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