Disney’s hit West End musicals The Lion King, Aladdin, the eagerly-anticipated Frozen, and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins will all take centre stage in the Disney in the West End Summer Pop-Up, set to open its doors to fans of all ages in Covent Garden from 23 July to 1 September 2019. It could open up a whole new world.
Located at 21 Long Acre, Covent Garden, in the heart of Theatreland, the Pop-Up will be open every day from Monday to Saturday (10:30am to 7pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm), with a host of free interactive experiences and special events to enjoy.
For the second year running, Disney Theatrical Productions will create a unique space that is a celebration of the very best of Disney in the West End. Building on the success of last year’s Pop-Up which saw almost 50,000 visitors, this summer the store will showcase four of Disney’s most beloved stage shows.
Visitors will be able to explore the iconic masks, puppets and costumes from the Tony Award-winning The Lion King up-close and learn about the inspiration behind many of the show’s impressive designs, as well as enjoy the ‘Circle of Life’ in a fully immersive 360⁰ Lenovo Mirage Solo virtual reality experience.
For the first time ever in the UK, fans of Frozen will have the unique opportunity to interact with the musical and strike a pose in a specially-created photo moment. Visitors may catch a glimpse of Aladdin’s magic lamp, while guests will also be put through their paces with a Mary Poppins spelling challenge of ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’.
There will also be a variety of free events taking place daily on a specially created stage within the Pop-Up that will host exclusive performances and meet and greets with some of the cast members of The Lion King and Aladdin. The space will feature vocal and movement bite-sized workshops led by Disney Theatrical Teaching Artists to give visitors a first-hand flavour of the shows’ music and choreography as well as a Mary Poppins inspired kite making crafty workshop. The full schedule is available to view at disneyonstage.co.uk.
This year marks a momentous year for Disney Theatrical Productions in the UK, with The Lion King celebrating a landmark 20 years at London’s Lyceum Theatre later this year, as well as embarking on a second UK and Ireland tour. In June, Aladdin celebrated three smash-hit years in London and will end its run on 24 August, making way for the return of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh’s award-winning production of Mary Poppins at its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre. Earlier this year, it was announced that a new production of Frozen will reopen the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane in autumn 2020.