The Prickle (@ThePrickle) December 29, 2018
Disney On Ice’s new production (directed by Patricia Vincent) is inspired by Disney’s recent “Dream Big, Princess” campaign, and features a staggering number of favourite Disney characters, including from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Tangled, Frozen, and for the first time in Disney On Ice history, Moana.
The majority of the second half is given over to Frozen, which works brilliantly on ice. The show opens with a spectacular “One Jump” (Aladdin) that outdoes the Broadway production. “Under the Sea” (The Little Mermaid) and “Be Our Guest” (Beauty and the Beast) also feature the full cast of 38, and play out huge, with a dazzling variety of costumes (Ilona Somogyi).
Moana is staged very simply, but spectacular music (David Killinger) and ocean-inspired choreography (Cindy Stuart) lends an emotional kick. Each of the princesses have a duet, which gives this show a much heavier romantic emphasis. The duet between Ariel and Prince Eric is the most impressive, with Eric at one point whipping Ariel’s hair up and down onto the floor by her feet.
This year, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are both celebrating 90 years, and so along with some pixie dust from Tinkerbell, guide the audience through each magical tale as narrators and commentators. It’s amazing to see children bursting out of their seats in excitement, and there’s huge amounts to enjoy for the whole family.
Dream Big with the Disney princesses at The O2 until 6 January 2019.