30 Oct 2020 to 30 May 2021
Disney’s Frozen is set to transfer to the West End, running at the newly-renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane in autumn 2020, with tickets available from the box office from Friday 6th March 2020.
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 tickets on sale from the theatre's box office from 6th March 2020.
A pre-Broadway tryout ran at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado, before the show opened on Broadway at the St James Theatre in March 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.
Frozen played its final performance at the St James Theatre on 11th March 2018, not returning after the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The Frozen musical recently embarked on a North American tour. There will be a production of Frozen in Hamburg from 2021, and there are productions opening in Australia and Japan in 2020 too.
The West End transfer and initial casting for Disney's Frozen in the West End have been announced, with further casting set to be announced in due course, and tickets go on sale from the box office on Friday, 6th March 2020.
"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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Frozen the musical is the live retelling of the world-famous original film. 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. They face an epic journey with magic at every turn. Will they save the kingdom from perpetual winter? Come and experience your beloved characters live on stage along with your favourite songs including Let It Go, For the First Time in Forever, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? as well as a whole host of additional new songs.