Frozen musical set to close in West End despite success

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The musical adaption of Disney’s Frozen is set to have its final show on September 8 at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane after drawing in more than 2.8 million people since its beginnings in 2021.

Disney Theatrical Group’s announcement has come as a shock due to the show being hailed by critics and receiving numerous five-star reviews.

The North American tour of the Broadway musical has been running since 2019 and is due to continue while a second sequel to the 2013 film is in the works.

“It has been a joy to be part of the Frozen journey in London,” said the musical’s director Michael Grandage, as reported by The Guardian.

“Working with the team at Disney, the brilliant creative team, and the incredible cast have made this one of my happiest theatre experiences.

“Frozen opened in the UK on the heels of the pandemic, and it was glorious to welcome back audiences, many of whom were coming to the theatre for the first time.

“To introduce so many to the power of theatre and hopefully cultivate a lifelong love for it, has been an immense privilege.”

Frozen was one of many shows to delay its opening by several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In August 2021 it started its run at the venue, owned and managed by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s group LW Theatres, which had a two-year £60m ($76m/€70m) refurbishment.

Samantha Banks and Stephanie McKeon starred as sisters Elsa and Anna, respectively.

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