The London stage premiere of Disney’s Frozen has been postponed, it has been announced, Producers cited the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the UK’s national lockdown with the addition of social distancing requirements playing a significant factor.
In response to the postponed opening date, the production has halted the sale of tickets whilst they identify a new opening date for the highly anticipated West End show.
Tickets holders will be contacted by their point of sale with a revised performance date which will be done in chronological order – so those booked in April and May 2021 will be notified of their new date first.
You can read the company’s announcement below:
“As we start a new year, we are all excited about the time when we will be back in the theatre together enjoying the magic of live performance. In light of the recent government implementation of a full national lockdown, it has become necessary to postpone the opening of FROZEN, which was planned for April, just a little longer.
The health and wellbeing of our audiences, cast and crew are paramount, and we cannot wait to share the production with you as soon as we are safely able to without current social distancing regulations. Therefore, we have taken the decision to temporarily take the show off sale, and to reassess our timeline. We will announce our new opening date as soon as possible.
Guests do not need to do anything at the moment – they will be contacted at the earliest opportunity with their revised performance date. We will do this in chronological order so that fiesta booked into performances in April and May will be the first to be notified of their new date. IF the new date in not suitable, guests will be able to request an exchange into an alternative performance or to request a credit voucher, or a refund if necessary.
We would like to thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding in these difficult times – we are doing everything we can to cause as little inconvenience to you as possible. We promise the wait will be worth it.”Frozen The Musical, Social Media post
The musical has breathtaking costumes and sets by Christopher Oram and choreography by Rob Ashford. Music and lyrics are by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez with book by Jennifer Lee.
What is Frozen about?
A timeless tale of two sisters pulled apart by a mysterious secret, the musical features all the songs from the film including: ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’, ‘For the First Time in Forever’ and ‘Let It Go’ plus new music written for the production.
Who’s in Frozen?
As previously announced, the cast will be led by Samantha Barks (Elsa) and Stephanie McKeon (Anna), as well as Obioma Ugoala (Kristoff), Craig Gallivan (Olaf), Oliver Ormson (Hans), Richard Frame (Weselton), and alternating the role of Sven, Mikayla Jade and Ashley Birchall.
Also appearing are Jeremy Batt, Cameron Burt, Lauren Chia, Laura Emmitt, Emily-Mae (Bulda), Danielle Fiamanya (first cover Elsa), Hannah Fairclough, Matt Gillett, Joe Griffiths- Brown, Emily Lane, Justin-Lee Jones, Jason Leigh Winter, Jacob Maynard, Leisha Mollyneaux, Gabriel Mokake (King Agnarr), Sarah O’Connor (first cover Anna), Jemma Revell, Jacqui Sanchez (Queen Iduna), Jak Skelly (Oaken/Bishop), Jake Small, Isabel Snaas, Joshua St. Clair (Pabbie), Monica Swayne, and Anna Woodside. Chris Fung and Kerry Spark complete the cast.
When will Frozen open?
Whilst nothing has been officially announced, in an interview with Broadway News earlier this month, Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Group said he expected the production to open in June 2021. The show was originally scheduled to open in October 2021.