Into the unknown: London opening of Frozen musical delayed

West End adaptation of Disney blockbuster at Theatre Royal Drury Lane pushed back six months by coronavirus

The London stage version of Frozen has delayed its opening by almost six months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The musical adaptation of the 2013 Disney blockbuster had been due to reopen the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in October, following a two-year, £60m refurbishment. It will now begin previews on 2 April instead.

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is owned and managed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s group LW Theatres, which has begun redundancy consultations as a result of the devastating effect the coronavirus has had on the industry. West End theatres remain closed, although this week Regent’s Park Open Air theatre announced it will reopen in August for concert-style performances of Jesus Christ Superstar. Outdoor venues were given permission to open from 11 July as phase three of culture secretary Oliver Dowden’s five-stage “roadmap” for reopening theatres.

The casting of Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon as Frozen’s sisters Elsa and Anna was announced earlier this year. Further cast members, announced on Friday, include Craig Gallivan as Olaf, the snowman who likes warm hugs, Obioma Ugoala as Kristoff, Oliver Ormson as Hans, Richard Frame as Weselton, and Mikayla Jade and Ashley Birchall who will alternate the role of the faithful reindeer, Sven.

The show’s director, Michael Grandage, said: “As theatres start to open their doors again, we look forward to celebrating the spectacle of this beloved story with audiences everywhere.” The stage adaptation of Frozen has an additional set of songs by the film’s married composer-lyricists, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. It opened on Broadway in 2018 and was nominated for a Tony award for best musical.

Existing bookings for Frozen will automatically be transferred to a new performance date with the same seats. If the new date is not suitable, an alternative date or a refund can be requested.


Chris Wiegand

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Frozen review – stunning musical extravaganza creates its own magic
Beyond the visual thrills and powerful ballads, this adaptation brings an unexpected depth to the relationship between two tortured sisters

Arifa Akbar

08, Sep, 2021 @10:30 PM

Article image
Frozen musical to reopen London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2020
Disney’s stage show, directed by Michael Grandage, has been running on Broadway for a year

Chris Wiegand

19, Mar, 2019 @11:38 AM

Article image
‘Big sisters are magic!’ Frozen musical set to cause a West End flurry
Jennifer Lee, Disney Animation’s chief creative officer and the writer and co-director of Frozen, describes expanding her hit for the stage, and reveals whether she’s more of an Elsa or an Anna

Lyndsey Winship

30, Aug, 2021 @7:03 AM

Article image
Frozen to be turned into a Broadway musical
Disney CEO confirms that early discussions are under way to adapt the Golden Globe-winning animated hit for the stage

Matt Trueman

14, Jan, 2014 @5:14 PM

Article image
Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon to star in West End version of Frozen
The pair will play sisters Elsa and Anna in the stage version of the Disney mega-hit when the Theatre Royal Drury Lane reopens later this year

Chris Wiegand

10, Apr, 2020 @7:00 AM

Article image
The cold never bothered them anyway: how Frozen made musical magic
The set, costume, video and lighting designers of Disney’s London production – now in its second year in the West End – break the ice about the show’s frocks, crystals and astonishing effects

Chris Wiegand

20, Sep, 2022 @3:23 PM

Article image
Hex: National Theatre cancels opening night of Covid-cursed musical
‘Blighted’ by pandemic, Rufus Norris’s festive production will end current run without a press night but return in November

Chris Wiegand

06, Jan, 2022 @1:08 PM

Article image
Disney's Frozen musical opens on Broadway: 'More nudity than expected'
After a trial run in Denver, the stage adaptation of the animated smash hits New York and a passionate fanbase is already out in force – and in costume

Alexis Soloski

23, Feb, 2018 @4:31 PM

Article image
The golden couple behind Frozen: 'Letting it go is drinking a bottle of chardonnay'
It’s the grand slam – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony – and Robert Lopez has done it twice. The EGOT champ and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, his wife and co-composer, talk about penning songs during fights and picnics – and taking Elsa to Broadway

Alexis Soloski

18, Mar, 2018 @3:00 PM

Article image
Frozen review – Disney's thrilling but occasionally gluggy stage musical won't let audience go
Capitol Theatre, Sydney
Disney’s powerhouse musical makes its international debut on Australian stages – and becomes the only place in the world that it’s still showing

Cassie Tongue

11, Dec, 2020 @1:22 AM