Prince Charles' 'put on ice' quip during theatre tour with Andrew Lloyd Webber

Prince Charles' 'put on ice' quip during theatre tour with Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lord Lloyd Webber, his wife Lady Madeline and Simon Thurley, the chairman of the Lloyd Webber Theatre Restoration project, showcased the revamped stage and spoke to Charles about the theatre’s next big project.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane is set to open its doors to theatre-goers in the next few months after the repeated setbacks created by the coronavirus pandemic.

The West End theatre is set to bring an adaptation of the hit Disney film, Frozen, to the stage.

Stopping in the auditorium of the theatre to take in the refurbishments, Charles asked when the Disney inspired play was likely to open.

Lord Lloyd Webber joked: “Probably 2040”.

Prince Charles quipped back: “It’s what we call ‘put on ice’.”

Charles and Camilla then enjoyed a quick afternoon tea on the balcony before unveiling a plaque to commemorate recently completed renovations.

Earlier this month, the acclaimed theatre composer stated he would open one of his theatres on June 21 – even if stage four Covid restrictions were not lifted.

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In response to Lord Lloyd Webber’s protests, the Prime Minister offered the composer the chance to premiere a showing of Cinderella as part of a pilot scheme to reintroduce the public to live venues.

However, Lord Lloyd Webber rejected Mr Johnson’s proposals, claiming the theatre industry had been treated as “an afterthought and undervalued”.

Published at Wed, 23 Jun 2021 23:35:00 +0000