Theatre Royal Drury Lane to be renamed when Frozen the Musical reopens venue
EDIT: LW Theatres has since clarified that 'The Lane' will be the name given to the complex of bars and restaurants as part of the theatre's wider development, and the theatre will continue to be called 'Theatre Royal Drury Lane.'
Theatre Royal Drury Lane will be renamed when it opens following a multi-million-pound refurbishment next autumn.
The theatre, which is owned and managed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatres, is undergoing a £60million restoration project which will see the refurbishment of the Greek Revival front of house design, with new stage facilities, dressing rooms, bars, restaurants, a ‘refashioning of the auditorium to make it able to play in both the traditional proscenium arch and in the round’.
When it reopens in October 2020 with Michael Grandage’s production of Disney’s Frozen the Musical, it will be known as ‘The Lane’, its owners have announced.
The modern theatre opened its doors in 1812 with a production of Hamlet, but there have been four theatres on the same site, and it was first known as Theatre Royal Drury Lane as early as 1674.
Frozen transfers to the West End following its world premiere on Broadway in March 2018. It has music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, with a book by Jennifer Lee. Tickets are set to go on general sale from 6th March 2020.
The production will feature choreography by Rob Ashford, set and costume design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Peter Hylenski, video design by Finn Ross, puppet design by Michael Curry, and musical supervision and arrangements by Stephen Oremus.
Frozen the Musical tickets will be available in March 2020.
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