Frozen the Musical

If you just can't 'Let it Go' then relax, a new version of Frozen looks all set to take the West End by storm. Peter Gray reports.

London Audiences will have a chance to experience the magic and wonder of Arendelle all over again, as Frozen the Musical comes to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in October 2020.

With ground-breaking sets and special effects, this musical version of the famous story has been delighting audiences in the United States for the last four years. Now, the story is set to wow the West End too.

With a book by BAFTA Award winner Jennifer Lee, additional songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and under the direction of Olivier Award winning director Michael Grandage, the production certainly has the right pedigree. 

Frozen tells the story of sisters Elsa and Anna, who just so happen to be princesses. The older of the two, Elsa, has special powers, with the ability to make things freeze with just a withering stare.

After coming to the throne, Elsa accidently unleashes her powers with devastating results. Condemned as a sorceress, the young monarch retreats to the forest, where her powers, now untapped, soon transform the kingdom into an icy wasteland. 

Plans for a musical version of the story were being discussed even before Frozen the movie was released. Unusually for the industry, the company behind the film, Disney, were also behind the musical adaptation of the story.

The new production had its first run out at the Bush Theatre in Denver in 2017. The show’s Broadway debut would come a few months later in March 2018.

Frozen the Musical was not without its teething problems. Costing an astounding $30 million dollars to produce, the new production quickly devoured three choreographers, two set designers and two directors. Two Elsa’s also departed the show during the same period. 

However the production has now got over its initial problems, with the producers looking at ambition plans to open the show in several major cities around the globe. 

Frozen the Musical will open at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane at the end of October 2020.

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What: new theatre
When: booking until June 22
Where: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane