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Pre-Christmas world premiere for children's fantasy

Cadogan Hall in Chelsea is the venue for a festive double-bill of magical musical adventures – The Snow Queen and The Griffin and the Grail – both narrated by BAFTA-winner Olivia Colman on the afternoon of Friday 20 December.

This will be the world premiere of The Griffin and The Grail, telling the story of two youngsters who travel through time to the realm of King Arthur. The work has been written by Adrian Sutton, creator of the music for War Horse, with libretto by Jon James.

Olivia Colman, who starred alongside David Tennant in this year’s popular detective drama series Broadchurch, said: ‘The concert will be a lovely way for families to start their Christmas holidays. Both stories are really captivating, and I’m thrilled to be involved in the world premiere of The Griffin and The Grail.’

The Snow Queen by Paul K. Joyce follows Gerda on her exciting journey to rescue best friend Kay from the clutches of the Snow Queen. A semi-staged version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, The Snow Queen has already delighted audiences around the world, and been made into a BBC film featuring Juliet Stevenson and Patrick Stewart.

This enchanting double-bill is bound to appeal to lovers of bewitching tales such as Harry Potter and Narnia, and promises to create an unforgettable combination. The performances will unfold through a creative combination of songs, drama, poetry, choreography, lighting and projections.

The concert – a fund-raiser for the charity LAM Action – not only features Olivia Colman as the narrator, but also the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the prize-winning Burntwood School Girls Choir, RSVP Male Voice Choir and boy and girl soloists.

Tickets (adults: £15-£40, children: £15) are available from the Cadogan Hall website or Box Office on 020 7730 4500. The concert starts at 3.30pm.

Note to editors: LAM Action funds research into a cure for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, one of the world’s rarest diseases – a progressive, incurable degenerative lung condition that only affects women. It also provides support for LAM patients and has strong links with the medical profession, other LAM organisations and groups around the world. For further information visit: www.lamaction.org.

For further information contact Nicki Sampson on 01275 394400 or Judith Skorupski on 020 8983 0779.