Four ex-Tring Park School pupils named in first cast of West End premiere of Frozen

Frozen is set to take the world of musical theatre by storm next spring

By Holly Patel
Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 4:59 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 5:00 pm

Four former students of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts have been named as leading cast members in the West End premiere of Frozen.

Joe Griffiths-Brown, Hannah Fairclough, Jake Lawrence Small and Matt Gillett, who will all be part of the first cast of Frozen, which will be presented at a refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane from April 2021.

All of the former students are no strangers to performing on a big stage.

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Joe Griffiths-Brown

Joe Griffiths-Brown, who left Tring Park School in 2018, has been starring in smash hit musical Hamilton.

Hannah has previously starred in The Bodyguard.

Matthew Gillett has performed in Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Top Hat and Matilda.

Jake Lawrence Small has starred in Mamma Mia and Shrek the Musical the UK tour.

Matt Gillett

Donna Hayward, director of Musical Theatre Course at Tring Park School, taught all four students.

She said: "They were all very driven and talented students who were, and continue to be, a credit to the school."

Frozen, which has music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and book by Jennifer Lee, opened on Broadway in March 2018 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical.

The show is based on Disney’s Frozen which was released in 2013 and won two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.

It follows Elsa, who is gifted with ice-manipulating powers, and her relationship with her sister Anna as they try to run a nation.