I have always enjoyed watching ice dancing, spellbound by first John Curry and later Torvill and Dean; so didn’t need much tempting to go and see the Russian Ice Stars in Snow White on Ice at Oxford’s New Theatre, a final festive season indulgence before the new year gets underway. Also highly intrigued to see how this form may stand up outside the limited length virtuosic showstopper format of international sporting competition, and in the considerably smaller space of a portable touring ice rink that can fit on a theatre stage, rather than in a massive purpose built stadium. Formal conventions from different worlds sometimes clashed uncomfortably, raising questions as to what is possible in such a transposition, but it is hard to resist breath-taking feats and elegant skating. (more…)

The opening night of the Russian Ice Stars’ performance of Snow White on Ice at The New Theatre Oxford was magical. The audience was an eclectic mix of intrigued adults and excitable children. Likewise, the performance combined incredible skating with a children’s tale and pantomime-style narrator, making this a show that is suitable for the entire family.

The skating was wonderful. The Russian Ice Stars delivered a professional performance and something so unique and rare to see live. The skaters were in complete control and each movement was precise yet natural. Even the somewhat hair-raising, aerial gymnastics were performed with ease. The skaters attach themselves to a wire that pulls them into the air by their arms or legs, all whilst spinning over an ice rink; not something you get to see every day! Juggling on ice was another party trick that the Russian Ice Stars brought to the rink; impressive on the ground, incredible on ice. (more…)

A final holiday treat to close the festive season and start the new year, and a great opportunity to see top Russian ice dancers in what has been described as “ballet on ice”.  Oxford’s New Theatre converts its stage to an ice rink for the world famous Russian Ice Stars who will take you on a magical journey to the heart of one of the best loved fairytales of all time, Snow White.  The original story of an enchanted mirror, a beautiful girl, the ultimate Prince Charming and a shiny red apple comes to life on ice, with ballet, gymnastics and aerial acrobatics to create a breathtaking and mesmerising experience.  This spell-binding show promises to be both lavish and spectacular, dazzling with its sheer beauty and elegance that will thrill the whole family.  Starring Rustie Lee as Fairy News Reporter.

Venue:  New Theatre, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AG

Performances:  Thursday 8th January 7.30pm, Friday 9th 7.30pm, Saturay 10th 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday 11th 3.00pm

Book tickets online here or by phone here: 0844 871 3020

Read David Bellan’s interview with show producer Julian Delplidge for the Oxford Times here