It has been announced that British actress and singer Samantha Barks has been cast as Elsa in the West End production of Frozen The Musical, opening at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane in October 2020.
Probably best known for her portrayal of Éponine in the 2012 film version of Les Misérables (reprising the role she also played onstage), Barks first gained fame as a finalist in the BBC talent search show I’d Do Anything. She has also starred in many theatre productions, most recently Pretty Woman The Musical on Broadway, in addition to City of Angels, Oliver! and Honeymoon in Vegas.
The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye revealed that auditions would continue in late January for the role of Anna (Barks’ co-star) and also that a new song would be added to the score for the London show, ‘I Can’t Lose You’. The composition will be first heard in the LA production.
This week Disney Theatrical Productions announced public on sale dates for its new production of Frozen in London’s West End. With music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and book by Jennifer Lee, Frozen – directed by Michael Grandage – opens for priority booking late January 2020, with general on sale on 6 March 2020.
Frozen – produced by Disney Theatrical Productions under the direction of Thomas Schumacher – opened on Broadway in March 2018 and quickly established itself as the biggest musical hit of its season, nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical. In addition to the opening in London, the musical recently embarked on a North American tour, and productions will open in Australia and Japan in 2020, and in Hamburg in 2021.
The highest-grossing animated film of all time, Frozen was released in cinemas in 2013, winning multiple awards, including two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (‘Let It Go’), the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film and the BAFTA for Best Animated Film. It was written and directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Currently in cinemas, Frozen 2 had the biggest ever opening for an animated film worldwide and has already made £27.33M at the UK and Ireland box office, with $739M taken globally after just 12 days on release.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane, owned and managed by LW Theatres, is closed until autumn 2020 for a landmark £60 million restoration project and will reopen as Frozen begins previews.
The production features choreography by Rob Ashford, set and costume design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Peter Hylenski, video design by Finn Ross, puppet design by Michael Curry, and musical supervision and arrangements by Stephen Oremus.