Everything you need to know about Disney's ‘Frozen’ in London
The Disney song “Let It Go” is arguably one of the best-known songs of all time. Elsa's anthem helped to popularised Frozen as a 21st century cultural phenomenon, so much so that it’s hard to believe that Frozen hasn’t even been around for a decade yet. Frozen is not only one of the best-selling films of all time though. It’s also an epic Disney musical which is set to transform the West End into an icy haven.
Frozen is a musical that brings the Disney characters Anna and lovable snowman Olaf to life, trying to save Arendelle from a lifetime of being plunged into ice. There’s an exciting score by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and incredible costume changes that defy belief.
Here’s our complete guide to the West End production of Frozen at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Frozen tickets are on sale now on LondonTheatre.co.uk.
What is Frozen about?
The Frozen story is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s 19th-century fairytale, The Snow Queen. However it’s been re-energised with a Disney twist, and the Frozen musical retells the story as made famous in the Frozen film.
At the start of Frozen, audiences meet a young Elsa and Anna. They’re two princesses living in a castle, and life should be full of fun and frivolity. But Elsa discovers she has powers that mean anything she touches can turn to ice. Growing up, Elsa conceals her icy abilities but it’s difficult to do so on her coronation day, when she’s passed a sceptre. How does Elsa deal with this? She runs away to her own ice castle, with Arendelle plundered to its own ice age.
Straight away, younger sister Anna sets out to rescue her sister and save the kingdom. She can’t do it alone though, and she’s joined by iceman Kristoff, Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman to battle through the snowstorm. Can Elsa and Anna be reunited, or will their worlds be frozen forever?
Is the Frozen musical the same as the Frozen film?
The Frozen musical and the Frozen film follow the same storyline. So if you’ve seen the Frozen film, you’ll have a good idea on what to expect from the Frozen musical. But with new songs added into the Frozen musical, let the storm rage on and step into Arendelle.
When did Frozen premiere?
The world premiere of Frozen was at the Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado, and was billed as a pre-Broadway tryout. Frozen was in Colorado from 17 August - 1 Oct. 2017, and then came to Broadway the following season.
Frozen previews on Broadway began at the St. James Theatre on 22 Feb. 2018, ahead of an official Broadway opening on 22 Mar. 2018. Frozen then ran at the St. James Theatre to 11 Mar. 2020 and was forced to suspend performances due to the pandemic. Frozen will not return to Broadway when theatres reopen in 2021.
Frozen productions have also been staged in Australia, Japan and upcoming performances are due to take place in Hamburg.
Who wrote Frozen?
The Frozen book is written by Jennifer Lee, best known for writing the Frozen and Frozen II film stories. The American screenwriter also made history with Frozen, as she was the first female director of an animated Disney feature film. Aside from Frozen, Lee also wrote the stories of Disney films Wreck It Ralph and Zootopia.
The Frozen music and lyrics are by husband-and-wife duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Together, they’ve collaborated on projects including Coco, Frozen films and original music used in WandaVision. Robert Lopez is currently the youngest EGOT winner of all time, having won Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tony Awards. He's also the first person to achieve EGOT status twice over.
Who is in the Frozen cast in London?
Samantha Barks will lead the Frozen London company as Elsa. Samantha Barks returns to the West End in Frozen, having previously played Vivian in Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway. She’s joined by Stephanie McKeon as Anna., Obioma Ugoala as Kristoff, Oliver Ormson as Hans, Craig Gallivan as Olaf, Richard Frame as Weselton, and Mikayla Jade and Ashley Birchall alternating the role of Sven.
The Frozen cast is completed by Emily-Mae, Gabriel Mokake, Joshua St. Clair, Jacqui Sanchez, Jak Skelly, Jeremy Batt, Cameron Burt, Lauren Chia, Laura Emmitt, Hannah Fairclough, Danielle Fiamanya, Chris Fung, Matt Gillett, Joe Griffiths-Brown, Emily Lane, Justin-Lee Jones, Jason Leigh Winter, Jacob Maynard, Leisha Mollyneaux, Sarah O’Connor, Jemma Revell, Jake Small, Kerry Spark, Isabel Snaas, Monica Swayne, and Anna Woodside.
What theatre in London is Frozen playing at?
Frozen is playing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been renovated for two years ahead of Frozen’s West End opening. Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the oldest West End theatre and has had crowds since the 17th century. Previous shows at Theatre Royal Drury Lane include 42nd Street and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
What is the running time of Frozen?
The running time of Frozen in London is 2 hours and 30 minutes. During the show, there is a 15 minute interval.
What is the Frozen musical age recommendation?
Frozen in London is suitable for children aged 6 and over. Children under 3 will not be admitted into the theatre.
What songs are in Frozen?
You’ll definitely know some of the Frozen songs. The biggest hits from the Frozen film, including “For The First Time in Forever” and “Love is an Open Door” are in the Frozen musical. But there’s also a few new songs in the Frozen show which you may not have heard of before. Here are all the Frozen songs:
"Vuelie" – Company
"Let the Sun Shine On" – Young Anna, Young Elsa, King, Queen and Townspeople
"A Little Bit of You" – Young Elsa and Young Anna
"Hidden Folk" – Queen, Pabbie, Young Elsa, King and Company
"Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" – Young Anna, Anna and Elsa
"For the First Time in Forever" – Anna, Elsa and Townspeople
"Hans of the Southern Isles" – Hans
"Dangerous to Dream" – Elsa and Townspeople
"Love Is an Open Door" – Anna and Hans
"Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" – Kristoff
“What Do You Know About Love?" – Anna and Kristoff
"In Summer" – Olaf
"Hans of the Southern Isles" (reprise) – Hans, Weselton and Townspeople
"Let It Go" – Elsa
"Hygge" – Oaken, Kristoff, Anna, Olaf, Family and Friends
"I Can't Lose You"∞ – Anna and Elsa
"Fixer Upper" – Bulda, Pabbie, Olaf and Hidden Folk
"Kristoff Lullaby" – Kristoff
"Monster" – Elsa, Hans and Men
"Hans of the Southern Isles" (reprise 2) – Hans and Anna
"True Love" – Anna
"Colder by the Minute" – Anna, Kristoff, Elsa, Hans and Townspeople
"Finale: Let It Go" (reprise) – Company
What were reviews like for Frozen on Broadway?
When Frozen opened on Broadway, critics loved that they were taken to a new, updated Arendelle that’s like being in the movies. In a New York Theatre Guide review, Tulis McCall said: “Frozen is a perfect confection. It is a fairy tale come to live in the present, physical world... 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.”
This was backed up in a Variety review, with Marilyn Stasio commenting: “the magic of the theater comes from its power to open up the world of the imagination… “Frozen” belongs to Elsa, who has the heroic stature and tragic flaw of a true heroine.”
How do I get tickets for Frozen in London?
Frozen performances are currently scheduled at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London from 27 August to 26 Jun. 2022.
Frozen tickets are on sale now on LondonTheatre.co.uk.
Photo credit: Frozen on Broadway (Photo by Marc Brenner)