Snow cones all round! With the release of the first cast pictures, today tickets have gone back on sale for the West End run of Disney’s forthcoming musical behemoth, Frozen the musical. The show will begin previews on August 27 at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane with opening night on September 8. It’s currently booking to April 3, 2022, with several access performances – signed performance (Sunday December 5, 1pm matinee), relaxed (Sunday December 19, 12.30pm matinee), audio described (Sunday January 23, 2022, 1pm matinee) and captioned (Sunday January 30, 2022 at 5.30pm)
Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon will play Elsa and Anna, the royal sisters at the centre of the story, and will be joined by Obioma Ugoala (who originated the role of George Washington in the London production of Hamilton) as Kristoff, Craig Gallivan as the snowman Olaf, Oliver Ormson as Hans, Richard Frame as Weselton, and – alternating the pivotal role of Sven the reindeer – Mikayla Jade and Ashley Birchall.
Obioma Ugoala and Stephanie McKeon
Frozen’s music and lyrics are by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and the production’s book is written by the original Academy Award-winning 2013 film’s screenwriter and co-director, Jennifer Lee, which Michael Grandage will be on directing duties.
The refurbishment of the grade I listed theatre, which was run by the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan in the early 19th century, has taken over two years and cost roughly £60m, including the cost of a number of specially-commissioned new artworks by the young artist Maria Kreyn. “Sheridan went bankrupt, and I’m not convinced I won’t,” the theatre’s owner, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, told an interviewer earlier this month. After all that money and effort, he wants to make sure everyone sees it too – Disney will not be allowed to plaster it with their advertising.