Disney’s The Lion King is the much-loved musical stage adaptation of the hugely successful animated film.
Disney’s award-winning musical is now in its 20th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre, having entertained over 15 million theatregoers and become the West End’s sixth longest-running musical of all time.
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti, the awe-inspiring musical is directed by Julie Taymor, who also designed the Olivier Award-winning costumes that transform the stage and auditorium of the Lyceum Theatre into the African plains. Occupied by lions, giraffes, birds, zebras, hyenas and even a stampede of wildebeest, the show is perhaps most famous for its Circle Of Life opening number, which provides one of the most spectacular sights and atmospheres in the West End.
When the young lion prince Simba is born, his evil uncle Scar is pushed back to second in line to the throne. Unimpressed with his future prospects, Scar plots to kill both Simba and his father, Mufasa, becoming king in the process. Young Simba survives the heinous plot but is led to believe that his father died because of him. Devastated, he flees the kingdom and soon finds a carefree life. But without a real king, the pride soon falls on hard times and a hero is needed to bring back prosperity.
Released in 1994, The Lion King quickly became one of Disney’s most popular modern movies. At the 1995 Oscars it won the awards for Best Music: Original Score for Hans Zimmer’s score and Best Music: Original Song for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight. Two of the film’s other songs – Circle Of Life and Hakuna Matata – were also nominated. Both score and songs feature in the stage musical adaptation, along with some new material.
The musical adaptation debuted at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, going on to win six Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre in 1997. The show transferred to the Lyceum Theatre in October 1999, where it was nominated for eight Olivier Awards, and it participated at the Royal Variety Performance in 1999 and 2008 in the presence of the Royal Family.
A spectacular stage production in which astounding spectacle, uplifting heart and beloved music and lyrics combine, Disney’s The Lion King is not to be missed.
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CAST: Scar - George Asprey; Mufasa - Shaun Escoffery; Rafiki - Gugwana Dlamini; Zazu - Gary Jordan; Timon - Jamie McGregor; Pumbaa - Mark Roper; Simba - Nick Afoa; Nala - Janique Charles; Shenzi - Meloné M'Kenzy; Banzai - David Blake; Ed - Barnaby Thompson; Ensemble & Swing - Etian A Almeida, Lila Anderson, Merryl Ansah, Thanduxolo Booi, Gabriel Brasilio, Kanika Carr, Donna Clovis, Azola Dlamini, Kuan Frye, Kevin Fullinck, Deborah Godchaser, Jamie Golding, Sandile Gontsana, Du-Wayne Hinds, Makoto Iso, Wilson Kiiru, Gary Lake, Tramaine Lamy, Lamoi Leon, Francisco Lins, Stephanie Tsz Maan Lo, Nonhlanhla Makhathini, Sadia McEwen, Phumlani Mkhize, Keitumetse Molea, Daniel Monteiro, Ayden Morgan, Rutendo Mushonga, Crystal Nicholls, Nosipho Nkonqa, Darcel Osei, Luciano Santos Souza, Poseletso Sejosingoe-Mandela, Mlungisi Shabalala, Kristof Skhosana, Shannon Taiwo, Matthieu Vinetot CREATIVE: Director - Julie Taymor; Producer - Disney Theatrical Productions; Casting Director - Pippa Ailion & Mark Brandon; Choreographer - Garth Fagan; Costume - Julie Taymor; Lighting Designer - Donald Holder; Set Designer - Richard Hudson; Sound - Steve Canyon Kennedy; Adapted By - Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts & Linda Woolverton; Book By - Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi; Lyrics By - Tim Rice; Music By - Elton John; Orchestrator - David Metzger & Bruce Fowler & Robert Elhai; Musical Supervisor - Clement Ishmael; Additional Music and Lyrics - Jay Rifkin & Lebo M & Mark Mancina & Julie Taymor & Hans Zimmer; Additional Vocal Score, Vocal Arrangements, Choral Director - Lebo M; Executive Music Producer - Chris Montan; Hair and Makeup Design - Michael Ward; Mask and Puppet Co-Designer - Michael Curry; Associate Choreographer - Marey Griffith; Associate Director - John Stefaniuk; Associate Producer - Robert Elhai
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