DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS has an ongoing commitment to schools and young audiences and supports engagement with live theatre by showcasing its learning potential. DTP has created a variety of curriculum-linked education programmes which nurture future audiences and industry professionals by offering behind the scenes insights and specially-created productions for schools.
A variety of outreach opportunities have also been developed to support under-resourced schools, including Disney Musicals in Schools.
Formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. The company’s inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast, came to London in 1996 where it won the Olivier Award for Best Musical. First seen on Broadway in 1994, it has been produced in 28 countries worldwide.
The next Disney musical to be seen in the West End was The Lion King, which opened at The Lyceum in 1999 winning two Olivier Awards and the Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and is now in its 18th smash year in London. Since it opened on Broadway in 1997 where it received six Tony awards, The Lion King has been seen by more than 90 million theatregoers, and is currently running in nine cities worldwide. Having played 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s gross income exceeds that of any film, musical, or any other entertainment title in box office history.
In a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, Mary Poppins opened in London in 2004, winning two Olivier Awards and an Evening Standard Award. Mary Poppins went on to enjoy a six-year Tony-winning Broadway run and is currently on its second tour across the UK, as well as recently opening in Stuttgart in October. At this time, the production has been seen by over 11 million people.
In 2014 the critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare in Love, co-produced with Sonia Friedman, enjoyed huge success at London’s Noël Coward Theatre and finished its run earlier this year at the Stratford Festival in Canada.
In addition to the company’s West End credits, its Broadway productions include Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA, winner of four 2000 Tony Awards; TARZAN®, now an international hit with an award-winning German production in its 8th year; The Little Mermaid, the top-selling new Broadway musical of its year; Peter and the Starcatcher, winner of five 2012 Tony Awards, will receive its European premiere this winter in Northampton; and the Tony Award-winning hit Newsies, which recently concluded its tour throughout North America.
Disney’s new West End musical Aladdin opened to rave reviews at London’s Prince Edward Theatre this summer. The show is in its fourth record-breaking year on Broadway and its global presence has grown to five productions on three continents, including the cities of Tokyo, Hamburg and Sydney. Worldwide, DTP’s nine Broadway titles have been seen by over 133 million theatregoers and have been nominated for 59 Tony Awards, winning Broadway’s highest honour 20 times.
With 20 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day. Frozen, based on the Bafta and Academy Award®-winning film, is slated to open on Broadway in spring 2018.