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This vastly successful re-imagining of Disney's 1994 continues to conquer after nearly two decades. Conjuring up the African savannah in all its grand, majestic beauty, using elaborate costuming, handsprung puppetry, and soaring African melodies, let the spectacle sweep you from the grey streets of London to theatrical bliss!
First seen on Broadway in 1997, The Lion King began its London reign the next year at the Lyceum theatre, its home to this day. A multiple award-winner, it has now racked up 70 (and counting) worldwide productions and boasts audience numbers in the 100s of millions, eager to experience its legendary stagecraft.
Affectionately dubbed "Hamlet with fur", we follow the trials of a young lion prince called Simba, who one day is destined to rule over the sun-drenched Pride Lands, as the Lion King. After the murder of his father by his treacherous uncle, Scar, Simba is convinced of his own guilt in this, and runs away from his pride, in self-imposed exile.
Rescued by an unlikely pair of friends; Timon the meerkat, and Pumbaa the flatulent warthog, both themselves exiles, Simba grows up to enjoy life, whilst not quite escaping the trauma of his past. When Scar's rule threatens the future of the Pride Lands, will Simba finally accept his responsibilities of adulthood to return and stake his claim to the throne and restore harmony?
The stunning sets and African-themed costuming of The Lion King is the result of extensive research into diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna.
A cast of 40 singers and dancers transform themselves into anthropomorphic animals from the ubiquitous lions, with handsprung manes and masks, through to elegant puppeteered cheetahs and giraffes. The music of the show takes strong influence from African music, specifically Lebo M, whilst carrying a classic quality from Elton John and Tim Rice, who wrote the original score.
Previews from: 24 September 1999
Opening night: 29 July 2021
The Lion King is suitable for and aimed at children aged 7 and above. Children younger can be admitted but must occupy, and pay for a seat, but should they become restless, and/or cause a disturbance, they will be asked to leave and there is no refund. Children under 3 are NOT permitted at all. Customers should also be aware that strobe lighting is used several times during the performance.
Children aged three years and older are admitted providing they can sit in their seats and not to be a distraction for other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy children.
2 hours and 40 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
During half term and school holidays there will be an additional Wednesday 14:30 matinee
Kayi Ushe as Simba
George Asprey as Scar
David Blake as Banzai
Janique Charles as Nala
Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki
Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa
Gary Jordan as Zazu
Jamie McGregor as Timon
Melone M'Kenzy as Shenzi
Mark Roper as Pumbaa
Phil Adele as Ed
Gesztenye Botos, Reece Darlington-Delaire, Shak Gabbidon-Williams, Ryesha Higgs, Candice Holdford, Angela Marie Hurst, Duane Lamonte, Jane Carla Leynes, Deja Linton, Jonathan Lutwche, Kearabetswe Mogotsi, Taela Yeomans-Brown, Gabbidon-Williams, Darilgton-Delaire, Marie-Hurst, Linton, Barnaby Thompson, Shannon Taiwo, Luciano Santos Souza, Kristof Skhonsana, Mlungisi Shabalala, Poseletso Sejosingoe-Mandele, Nosipho Nkonqa, Keitumese Molea, Mkhize Phumlane Jones, Sadia McEwen, Nonhlanhla Makhathini, Stephanie Lo, Francisco Lins, Lamoi Leon, Tramaine Lamy, Garry Lake, Du-Wayne Hinds, Sandile Gontsana, Kevin Fullinck, Kuan Frye, Azola Dlamini, Donna Clovis, Gabriel Brasilio, Thunduxolo Booi and Etian A Almeida.
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Costume Design by Julie Taymor
Directed by Julie Taymor
Choreographed by Garth Fagan
Scenic Design by Richard Hudson
Lighting Design by Donald Holder
LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARDS 1999
Best Choreography (Garth Fagan)
Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor)
EVENING STANDARD AWARD 1999
Theatrical Event of the Year
IVOR NOVELLO MUSIC AWARDS 2000
International Achievement in Musical Theatre
CRITICS CIRCLE THEATRE AWARD 1999 (UK)
Best Designer (Julie Taymor & Richard Hudson)
VISIT LONDON AWARD 2006
VISIT LONDON AWARD 2007
EPIC wonderful Magical
Bringing such an epic landscape to life on the stage is quite a feat of creative skill that has yet to be matched anywhere else on stage.
Bringing such an epic landscape to life on the stage is quite a feat of creative skill that has yet to be matched anywhere else on stage...Read full review
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