See these incredible Disney musicals in the West End
Enjoy family-friendly shows for all ages across London's theatres and book your tickets to watch your favourite Disney films come to life in the West End and beyond.
To take a line from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney stories are tales as old as time. Disney films adapt centuries-old fairytales with a sprinkling of fairy dust while adding original songs to further enhance the magic. Some of Disney's well-known films have also been adapted into musicals too, like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Newsies, to name a few.
If you're a Disney fan, there are plenty of Disney musicals to enjoy in the West End. Why not go on a journey to the Serengeti in The Lion King or see a winter wonderland vacation at Frozen? Begin a lifetime of making theatre memories with visits to Disney musicals in the West End.
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It seems almost impossible to imagine the West End without The Lion King. The Lion King began performances at the Lyceum Theatre on 19 October 1999, where it's stayed ever since. In fact, The Lion King is the fourth-longest running West End musical, behind Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia! Talk about that for Disney power!
Like most Disney musicals, The Lion King started out as a film. The 1994 film and the musical follow the same story — a young lion cub, Simba, ventures through the wilderness in order to become King of the Pride Lands and defeat his evil uncle Scar. The Lion King is a family-friendly musical, but there are moments of jeopardy too: Watch out for the evil stampede towards the end of Act One. Get your tissues ready.
When The Lion King first premiered on Broadway in 1994, the musical ran for 2 hours and 45 minutes, including an intermission. On the show’s 10th anniversary in 2004, 12 minutes of dialogue and music was cut from the show, tightening the musical for a slicker feel.
The Lion King's music is by Elton John and Tim Rice, and songs include "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and "He Lives In You." Don't live in The Lion King shadowlands. Experience the Circle of Life for yourself at The Lion King in the West End.
The Lion King is at the Lyceum Theatre.
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Disney's Frozen is inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen novel The Snow Queen. Frozen is a wintry story that focuses on the battle between good and evil; however, there are elements of the Frozen musical that feel like a warm hug. There's a song called "Hygge" — a Norwegian concept that's all about being cosy, and the Frozen setting, Arendelle, is based on a Norwegian town. Thankfully, you don't have to travel to Norway to experience the Frozen lifestyle. It's right here in London at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Frozen first took over our lives in 2013. The Frozen movie follows sisters Elsa and Anna, two sisters who journey across Arendelle to save one another. When the Frozen movie came out, we couldn't get the music out of our heads, especially the Academy Award-winning song "Let It Go" (sorry if it's in your head now). And now, all the Frozen songs from the film come to life in the Frozen musical.
Frozen began London performances in August 2021, and it's taken over the West End. In a five-star Frozen review for London Theatre, our critic said: "The legendary ice queen likely feels at home in the completely redone Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which feels positively palatial with vaulted ceilings, detailed frescos, and golden accents. All it takes for a journey to the kingdom of Arendelle is a step inside its doors, or rather, gates." Find out more about Frozen in London.
When Frozen was about to open on Broadway, Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez wrote a song called “True Love” for the end of Act Two. However, the song didn’t work so it never made it to the stage; however when the U.S. national tour was starting, the writing team penned a new song for the beginning of the second act for the sisters to sing together called “I Can’t Lose You,” which is now in the London production as well.
In Frozen, Elsa doesn’t always wear dresses either. The ice dress is pretty iconic, but in the second act, Elsa needs something to wear that lends her strength when she’s fighting for her sister. She also has to wear clothes when she’s in custody, so wearing pants would be more practical.
Frozen is at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
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Photo credit: Frozen (Photo courtesy of production)
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