The cold heart behind Disney’s frosty heroine

Rachel Webb plays the imperious Snow Queen in a production at the Groundlings Theatre tomorrow until Friday, December 5.

Rachel Webb plays the imperious Snow Queen in a production at the Groundlings Theatre tomorrow until Friday, December 5.

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Calling all Frozen fans: did you ever wonder who Princess Elsa was based on?

Then go down to the Groundlings Theatre in Portsea and watch their production of The Snow Queen, which starts this Saturday and runs until Friday, December 5 at 7pm.

While the Disney version portrays the queen as a misunderstood outcast, the original fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen casts her as the villain.

In this production, the Snow Queen captures Kay, a young orphan, and takes him away to her ice palace.

But she doesn’t bargain for his sister, Gerda, who sets out to rescue him.

Along the way she encounters the Tsar of Russia, Princess Popishka, the funny robbers and a host of colourful animals including Mossy the Reindeer.

The show is accomapnied by music written especially for the performance by musical director Heather Uden.

The Snow Queen is played by arts therapist Rachel Webb from North End, whose first role was Snow White when she was seven.

She says: ‘I actually play two characters.

‘I am the narrator, and get to connect with the audience in a storyteller role, and then I nip backstage and get changed into this nasty, cold, manipulative woman.’

Tickets: Adults £14, concessions £12, family £18.

For more information visit groundlings.co.uk or call (023) 9273 7370.

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