Frozen

For the Disney show see Frozen the Musical

Play by Bryony Lavery. One sunny evening, 10-year-old Rhoda goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American academic comes to England to research a thesis Serial Killing - a forgivable act? Then there's Ralph, a loner with a bit of previous who's looking for some distraction....

Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark upon a long dark journey which finally curves upward into the light.

2002 National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre

2018 West End Haymarket Theatre


Frozen - Original London Production 2002

Previewed 28 June 2002, Opened 3 July 2002, Closed 24 August 2002 (in repertory) at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre (now Dorfman Theatre)

The London Premiere of Bryony Lavery's play that was first seen at the Birmingham Rep Theatre in 1998 in a production directed by Bill Alexander

The cast features Anita Dobson as 'Nancy', Tom Georgeson as 'Ralph' and Josie Lawrence as 'Agnetha' who all reprise their roles from the Birmingham Rep Theatre staging. In London they are joined by George Eggay, Jack Pierce, and Stuart Milligan (on video).

Directed by Bill Alexander with designs by Ruari Murchison, lighting by Paul Pyant, music by Jonathan Goldstein and sound by David Tinson.

Frozen in London at the Cottesloe Theatre (now Dorfman Theatre) at the National Theatre previewed from 28 June 2002, opened on 3 July 2002 and closed on 24 August 2002 (in repertory)


Frozen - Original West End London Production 2018

Previewed 9 February 2018, Opened 20 February 2018, Closed 5 May 2018 at the Haymarket Theatre Royal

A major production of Bryony Lavery's play Frozen in London starring Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins

The cast featured Suranne Jones as 'Nancy' and Jason Watkins as 'Ralph', with Nina Sosanya as 'Agnetha'.

Directed by Jonathan Munby, with designs by Paul Wills, video by Luke Halls, lighting by Jon Clark, music by Rupert Cross, and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Suranne Jones' London theatre credits include the role of 'Sandra' in Nikolai Foster's 20th Anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautful Thing at the Arts Theatre in 2013; the role of 'Marlene' in Max Stafford-Clark's revival of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls at the Trafalgar Studios in 2011; and the role of 'Joanne Galloway' in David Esbjornson's West End stage premiere of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men at the Haymarket Theatre in 2005.

Jason Watkins' London theatre credits include 'Jones' in Di Trevis' revival of John Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 1993 the role of 'Trevor' in Loveday Ingram's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce at the Aldwych Theatre in 2002; and the title role in Tim Supple's staging of Lee Hall new adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's comedy A Servant of Two Masters for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Ambassadors Theatre and the Noel Coward Theatre in 2001.

Nina Sosanya's London stage credits include the role of 'Mae' in Debbie Allen's revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in 2010. Jonathan Munby's West End credits include co-directing, along with Gregory Doran, Rebecca Gatward, Mike Poulton's stage adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales at the Gielgud Theatre in 2006 for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

When this production opened here at the Haymarket Theatre in February 2018, Michael Billington in the Guardian said: "First seen 20 years ago, Bryony Lavery's play has lost none of its power to shock... An astute production by Jonathan Munby and a highly accomplished cast ensures that we look beyond the immediate horror of the situation to ask questions about society's, and our own, instinctive hunger for retribution." Paul Taylor in the i newspaper praised this "powerfully acted" production - "Suranne Jones wrenches the heart as a mother who lives in hope for years... Jason Watkins is transfixingly creepy... Nina Sosanya works wonders with the almost impossible role of the Icelandic-American criminal psychologist." Ian Shuttleworth in the Financial Times thought that "Bryony Lavery may overdo the glacial metaphors, but she examines matters with candour and sympathy from a range of angles in what is surely her masterpiece as a playwright. Jonathan Munby's cast act with skill and sensitivity... and one leaves the theatre both emotionally affected and wrapped in thought." Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard wrote: "In truth, Frozen is a piece better suited to an intimate venue. In order to make it fill this large space there are distracting visuals that overtax the central metaphor. Yet even if its subtleties are smothered, there's still a chilling authenticity in the play's understanding that evil tends to come not in radical guises, but in banal ones." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph highlighted that "the night - provocatively - belongs to Jason Watkins, who gives one of the finest performances of his career as the serial child-killer." Dominic Maxwell in the Times commented that, "good play though it is, you doubt it would be playing in the West End without Suranne Jones in the cast." Neil Norman in the Daily Express described how "Suranne Jones is simply terrific as the mother whose prowling grief is caged by denial... Nina Sosanya does what she can with Agnetha, which is a lot... Jason Watkins is astonishing."

Frozen in London at the Haymarket Theatre Royal previewed from 9 February 2018, opened on 20 February 2018 and closes on 5 May 2018