See these incredible Disney musicals in the West End
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? There are Disney musicals on tour in the UK too, including Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Disney's Beauty and the Beast â€” the latter show will play in the West End this summer. Begin a lifetime of making theatre memories with visits to Disney musicals in the West End.
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.
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.
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.
Frozen is at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
You find the fun at the theatre, and snap! The job's a game. Well, if the job is seeing Mary Poppins in the West End, then it's definitely a fun game to play! The Disney musical Mary Poppins first opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2004, and now everyone's favourite fictional nanny soars in the Prince Edward Theatre once more.
The Mary Poppins musical follows the titular nanny as she receives a calling to assist the Banks children. At first, the Banks children don't want a nanny, but through Mary's unique childcaring ways, Jane and Michael Banks realise that a world without Mary Poppins feels incomplete.
From P. L. Travers' original Mary Poppins stories, to the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews, and now the Mary Poppins musical, Mary Poppins is clearly a popular character. The Mary Poppins musical is a charming, quaint musical that dazzles all the family. Book your tickets now before you can say "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."
Mary Poppins is at the Prince Edward Theatre.
Is the West End the real home of Disney's Beauty and the Beast? It seems to be that way, as the endearing musical returns to London for a limited engagement. The fairytale follows a young woman named Belle who finds herself imprisoned in a castle with anthropomorphic appliances. Once Belle becomes acquainted with her newfound friends, they work together to break a curse before a rose loses its petals. There's also a fearsome beast that lurks in the castle, but can Belle impress the Beast, and help him love again? Only time will tell.
After the 1991 Beauty and the Beast film, the musical adaptation premiered on Broadway two years later. Beauty and the Beast then charmed West End audiences at the Dominion Theatre from 1997 to 1999. Now, the sun rises on Disney's Beauty and the Beast in London again, with performances in 2022. So be our guest at the London Palladium, and feel human again with a trip to the West End.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is at the London Palladium.
Photo credit: The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast (Photos courtesy of productions)
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