Full lead casting has been announced for the West End premiere of Disney’s Frozen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lance
Joining the previously announced Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon are Obioma Ugoala as Kristoff, Craig Gallivan as Olaf, Oliver Ormson as Hans, Richard Frame as Weselton, with Mikayla Jade and Ashley Birchall alternating the role of Sven.
Others in the cast include Jeremy Batt, Matt Gillett, Emily Lane, Sarah O’Connor, Monica Swayne, and Anna Woodside. The cast also includes Cameron Burt, Lauren Chia, Laura Emmitt, Emily-Mae, Danielle Fiamanya, Hannah Fairclough, Joe Griffiths-Brown, Justin-Lee Jones, Jason Leigh Winter, Jacob Maynard, Leisha Mollyneaux, Gabriel Mokake, Sarah O’Connor, Jemma Revell, Jacqui Sanchez, Jak Skelly, Jake Small and Isabel Snaas, Joshua St. Clair.
Based on the Oscar winning Disney animated film, Frozen centres on two sisters pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one struggles to find her voice and harness her magical powers, the other embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all.
The show has music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, a book by Jennifer Lee and is directed by Michael Grandage.
Director Michael Grandage said: “We’re thrilled to announce casting for Frozen – an incredibly talented group of people who will be creating the London premiere at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane next spring. As theatres start to open their doors again, we look forward to celebrating the spectacle of this beloved story with audiences everywhere”.
In announcing the cast of Frozen, Disney also confirmed the show would now begin previews on 2 April 2021 with a scheduled opening on 14 April 2020. The show had previously been scheduled to open in late 2020. Ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase to confirm new dates or arrange a refund.
The UK Government today announced theatres in England would be able to return to live performances from 1 August 2020 provided safety measures are in place, though many big West End productions have already decided to delay opening to Spring next year.
The highly anticipated musical opened on Broadway in March 2018 where it was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical. It was recently announced that it would not return to Broadway when theatres reopen.