Review: Frozen the Musical – a Treat for All the Family

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Samantha Barks (Elsa). Credit: Johan Persson

Kate Freud reviews the acclaimed new West End musical, based on Disney smash hit movie Frozen.

As someone with a poor sense of direction, it was reassuring to follow the weaving trail of little girls dressed up as ‘Annas’ and ‘Elsas’ through Covent Garden towards the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where we were headed to see the theatre production of ‘Frozen’.

As soon as you step inside – as I did with my mother and two daughters, Georgia, 7 and Willow, 4 in tow – you are instantly captivated by the magic of what’s to come. I had heard wonderful things from friends who had been to see the show, but nothing can actually prepare you for what’s in store.

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Samantha Barks (Elsa) and Stephanie McKeon (Anna). Credit: Johan Persson

I don’t want to give any spoilers (though I think you would have had to have been living under a rock for the past ten years to have not seen ‘Frozen’ the movie) but let’s just say the way it has been adapted for stage is nothing short of extraordinary.

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Cast of Disney’s Frozen. Credit: Johan Persson

The singing and choreography was superb, and the special effects – all that ice – all the way through the show recreates the drama of the film and is exceptional. Alongside the classics, like ‘Let It Go’ there are some new and absolutely brilliant songs, packed full of humour or drama depending on the moment, and keeping the audience utterly engaged throughout.

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Sven and Obioma Ugoala (Kristoff). Credit: Johan Persson

I was worried my four year old would start to flag and lose interest but she was completely gripped from start to finish, not taking her eyes off the stage. And my mother – a long time theatre goer – said it was the most fun she had had in the West End for years!

It really is the perfect treat for all the family, whatever the generation, and words just can’t do it justice so see it if you can!

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