The highly-anticipated West End run of the Disney musical Frozen has been officially announced today, and will run at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane next year. The stage adaptation of Frozen, which is the highest-grossing animated film of all time, opened on Broadway in 2018 directed by Michael Grandage, receiving a Tony Award nomination for best new musical. Grandage’s production will open in London on Drury Lane in autumn 2020, with run dates, ticket information and casting details to be announced at a later date.
Disney’s Frozen is set to transfer to the West End, running at the newly-renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane in autumn 2020, with a performance schedule, casting and ticket information available soon.
Frozen was first released in cinemas in 2013, going on to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time, with a worldwide box-office gross of over $2 billion. With performances from Idina Menzel as Elsa, Kristen Bell as Anna, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff and Josh Gad as Olaf, the film won 37 awards, notably winning two Academy Awards for best animated feature and best original song for “Let It Go”.
Set in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle, audiences first meet sisters Elsa and Anna before Elsa’s coronation day. With an ability to make anything she touches turn to ice and freeze, Elsa is fearful of her own magic powers. Later running away from the kingdom, Anna sets off to find Elsa in her newly-built castle, meeting Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, as well as Olaf, a lovable snowman.
The musical will feature original songs made famous in the film, including “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?”, “The First Time in Forever” and the show-stopping “Let it Go”. Written by husband and wife duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the pair have also written the music and lyrics for the stage adaptation, which boasts new songs including “Hygge” and “Colder By the Minute”.
Directed by Michael Grandage, Frozen will run in London as the first production to open at the newly-renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane, currently closed for renovation works. Frozen will open in the West End in autumn 2020, with ticket information, tickets prices and ticket on-sale dates announced soon.
A pre-Broadway tryout ran at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado, before the show opened on Broadway at the St James Theatre in 2018. The original cast of Frozen starred Caissie Levy as Elsa, Patti Murin as Anna and Jelani Alladin as Kristoff. The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards, including best musical, best book and best original score.
While the West End transfer has been announced, details on how to buy tickets will be available here when details are announced, or you can sign up to the LondonTheatre.co.uk newsletter to stay up-to-date on ticket information for Frozen and all other West End shows.
"Frozen is a whole lot of Disney, a little Lloyd-Webber, a little John Williams, a ton of spectacle, and a boat load of that magic elixir, l-o-v-e."
Tulis McCall, New York Theatre Guide
"With its music, its dance, its flurry of likable leads, and snowball after snowball of son and lumière, some of it newfangled, some of it stretching back to 19th-century melodrama, it offers most of the pleasures that we count on Broadway musicals to provide."
Alexis Soloski, The Guardian
"It is also very beautiful to look at. Certainly it does not attempt to lighten a story that’s fundamentally dark. Ms. Katz’s moody lighting, all amber and gold and sepia on Mr. Oram’s Scandinavian storybook castle, suggests Rembrandt."
Jesse Green, The New York Times
"Emerging from the dancing lights of the aurora borealis (as fashioned by lighting designer Natasha Katz) projected on the scrim (by video designer Finn Ross), Christopher Oram’s sets are highly stylized and very theatrical, if not transporting."
Marilyn Stasio, Variety
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Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Frozen tells the story of Elsa and Anna, two sisters in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. Running away from the kingdom, the musical follows Anna as she sets off to rescue her sister and convince her to return, joined by a rugged iceman, a pet reindeer and a lovable snowman.