BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Samantha Barks lands coveted role of Elsa in West End stage ...

Samantha Barks can’t hold it back any more — she’s going to Let It Go and star as Elsa, the ice queen with supernatural powers, in the West End production of Frozen.

The musical will re-open the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, next October. Owned by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatre group, the venue has been undergoing a £60 million restoration, and it looks breathtaking (from what I’ve been allowed to see).

Barks told me she’s ‘honoured’ to have been picked to play the fairy-tale queen whose magical powers are so out of control she’s an outcast in her own realm.

Samantha Barks (pictured) can’t hold it back any more — she’s going to Let It Go and star as Elsa, the ice queen with supernatural powers, in the West End production of Frozen

Samantha Barks (pictured) can’t hold it back any more — she’s going to Let It Go and star as Elsa, the ice queen with supernatural powers, in the West End production of Frozen

Director Michael Grandage, who directed the original production on Broadway (pictured) more than a year-and-a-half ago, said there were many star names hoping to play Elsa

Director Michael Grandage, who directed the original production on Broadway (pictured) more than a year-and-a-half ago, said there were many star names hoping to play Elsa

The musical will re-open the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, next October. Owned by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatre group, the venue has been undergoing a £60 million restoration, and it looks breathtaking (from what I’ve been allowed to see) (pictured, Elsa in the film)

The musical will re-open the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, next October. Owned by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LW Theatre group, the venue has been undergoing a £60 million restoration, and it looks breathtaking (from what I’ve been allowed to see) (pictured, Elsa in the film)

When she first watched the 2013 Disney animated film she was moved by Elsa’s predicament: estranged from her adored sister Anna; stuck at the top of a snowy mountain, in an enchanted ice fortress.

And then there’s that song. ‘When Elsa sang Let It Go in the film, my jaw hit the floor,’ Barks recalled. ‘I’ve had a Let It Go moment,’ she laughed. ‘Everybody has had a Let It Go moment!’

The number, which won Oscars for song-writing husband and wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, has become a universal anthem of empowerment.

‘Elsa has got to learn to control her powers,’ Barks said of her character. ‘She’s a strong woman, and all of a sudden she’s saying: “I’m not going to hold back any more!” That’s so powerful, especially for a young girl. Actually, not just females . . . men are touched by that song, too.’

Barks added that she particularly liked Elsa and Anna’s relationship. ‘The whole show demonstrates the strength of two sisters. There’s no Prince

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