The juggernaut that is Disney's Frozen movie (2013) has landed in London, but with a twist. Following Broadway, Frozen is now a stage musical showing at Theatre Royal Drury lane.
It is not a slave to the film, in fact, it has many more songs added, more on that later, and no, this is not simply a kids stage adaptation. And it is huge. How have you missed the hype?
First the venue. Theatre Royal Drury Lane is on the edge of Covent Garden, recently re-opened after millions of pounds spent on renovation. And it shows. From the gleaming entrance to the improved legroom (they actually took out seats to make it more comfortable) to the many more toilets than you often find in historical theatres in London. And an impressive bar, balcony for the essential pre-theatre drink.
Opulent ceiling Theatre Royal Drury Lane, West End, London,
Frozen is the show chosen to show off the opulence. Big gleaming theatre, big show. Approximately 2hrs fifteen minutes, including interval, of singing, dancing and enthusiasm onstage.
Personally, I have never considered myself a Disney groupie, vaguely recall seeing the film once a few ago, but found my jaw-dropping, and toes tapping along to the slick performance. Celebrating the themes of the film, the stage adaptation focuses on the bond between sisters, who don't have to be rescued by a man. With obligatory cute characters, including Olaf, the snowman, who enjoys warm hugs.
If you've lost interest reading this, don't be put off by the word Disney, it's a fun energetic performance in a beautifully restored theatre. And you will humming the songs days later. I am. Oh yes, the big new song is called 'I Can't Lose You', which first appeared on tour in America 2019.
And to get there, the nearest tube is Covent Garden… enjoy!
Elsa's dress in the foyer Theatre Royal Drury Lane