As winter settles in, many people are looking for ways to embrace the season and get into the winter spirit. For those who love theatre, there are plenty of plays and musicals that capture the essence of winter or use this time of year as a backdrop to their story. Here are a few shows that are perfect for the colder months:
- The Snow Queen: Based on the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this musical follows Gerda on her quest to rescue her best friend Kai from the clutches of the Snow Queen. With a score that captures the magic of winter and dazzling visuals, this show is perfect for audiences of all ages.
- The Pillowman: While not specifically a winter play, this darkly comedic production takes place in a police state where the protagonist, Katurian, is a writer of twisted fairy tales. Set against a bleak winter backdrop, the show explores themes of oppression, art, and family.
- M. Butterfly: This Tony Award-winning play tells the story of a French diplomat who falls in love with a Chinese opera singer who is not at all what she seems. Set in the wintery streets of Paris, the play is a beautiful exploration of love, identity, and betrayal.
- Strange Interlude: Set in the cold, snowy world of New England, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows Nina, a woman who struggles with the memory of her fiancé, who died in World War I. As she navigates love and loss, the play explores themes of grief, passion, and sacrifice.
- Far Away: This dystopian play by Caryl Churchill takes place in a world where the seasons are reversed, with winter being the hottest and most dangerous time of year. As a young girl grows up in this harsh environment, she learns about the brutal realities of war and conflict.
- The Lion in Winter: Set in 1183, this play tells the story of King Henry II and his family as they plot and scheme against one another to determine who will succeed him on the throne. Full of dark humour, betrayal, and family drama, the play captures the essence of the winter season.
Whether you prefer musicals, comedies, or dramas, there are plenty of theatrical shows that capture the essence of winter. So, embrace the season and enjoy the magic of the season through the lens of the theatre.