The Lion King
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Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi award-winning musical will redefine your expectations of theatre.

Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney's beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.

At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

CHILD AGE RESTRICTION: Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted, the show is recommended for children over the age of 6.


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NEW CAST CONFIRMED FOR DISNEY'S LION KING (11 MAY 2017)

The London production of The Lion King welcomes eleven new cast members, including Janique Charles, Gary Jordan and Dominique Planter, who take over the principal roles of Nala, Zazu and Shenzi respectively.

The Lion King marks Janique Charles' West End debut. Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Janique moved to London to join the UK touring cast in 2013. A rising star, she has travelled extensively and brings her experiences to her role as Nala. She joined the London production in May 2016 as part of the ensemble cast, but she now steps up to play the principal role of Nala.

Gary Jordan has performed in London's West End in Grease (Victoria Palace), Anyone Can Whistle (Savoy) and in the UK tours of High Society and Playdays Live. Gary is also a pianist and musical director.

Dominique Planter has been a swing in The Lion King since 2016, this marks her West End debut in a principal role.

The show also welcomes new cast members from The Philippines, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the UK: Lila Anderson, Owen Chaponda, Deborah Dada, Deborah Godchaser, Brian James Leys, Nathan Louis-Fernand, Nonhlanhla Makthathini, Rutendo Mushonga, Luciano Santos Souza and Karlene Wray. They join a uniquely international company, which already includes performers from 11 countries around the world. The company is led by George Asprey as Scar, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki, Richard Frame as Timon, Keith Bookman as Pumbaa, Nick Afoa as Simba, David Blake as Banzai and Mack McGee as Ed.

The award-winning musical is now in its 18th triumphant year at London's Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in 1999, The Lion King has entertained over 14 million theatregoers and remains the West End's best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.



NEW CAST INCLUDING FORMER ALL BLACKS RUGBY STAR FOR LION KING (3 MAY 2016)

Disney have announced that new cast will join the London production of The Lion King from this month. Alongside changes in the ensemble cast, former All Blacks rugby star Nicholas Afoa is to take on the role of Simba at the West End's Lyceum Theatre

Nicholas Afoa made his stage debut in the Australian production of The Lion King in 2013, performing the role in Sydney for the last three years. The New Zealand-born, Auckland-raised performer had a promising rugby career with the All Blacks until he was sidelined by injury. After recovering and dedicating himself to his theatre career, nearly a decade later the 30 year-old beat 400 other hopefuls to the role of Simba in the Australian production. The opportunity to play the role in the West End production will bring Afoa to London for the first time, as he embarks on his second professional theatre engagement.

Afoa is currently in rehearsal and will appear in the production from 10th May 2016. Other new members of the cast include: Etian Almeida, Jonathan Andre, Janique Charles, Zinhle Dube, Sandile Gontsana, Kwesi Jeffers, Stephanie Lo, Sadia McEwen, Khaya Maseko, Daniel Monteiro, Nosipho Nkonqa, Dominique Planter, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Kayode Salina and Ricardo Walker.

Disney's award-winning musical is now in its 17th triumphant year at London's Lyceum Theatre. Since the London premiere in October 1999, The Lion King has entertained over 13 million theatregoers and remains the West End's best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. Tickets are currently on sale until 2nd October 2016 for individuals and 4th June 2017 for groups.



LION KING TURNS 15 (13 OCTOBER 2014

This coming Sunday (19th October) Disney's The Lion King will celebrate its 15th anniversary at London's Lyceum Theatre. The award-winning musical has entertained over 12 million theatregoers and remains the West End's best-selling stage production. It also recently became the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

To celebrate this milestone and to thank Londoners for embracing and supporting the show, Disney today gave away 1500 tickets to the anniversary performance on Sunday 19 October. Lucky theatregoers queued at the Lyceum Theatre from 6am to claim their tickets for this Sunday's performance.

Congratulating the production, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson says: "Congratulations to The Lion King whose long-run has contributed to the phenomenal success of London theatreland. From the bright lights of the West End, to the dozens of smaller theatres to be found across the city, it's a hugely important sector for our economy, generating more than £600 million last year and underlining London's status as one of the world's greatest cities for culture."

Meanwhile, when the sell-out UK Tour of The Lion King concludes in Manchester this March, the tour will have played in 11 cities in the UK and Ireland, bringing Julie Taymor's acclaimed production to over 1.8 million theatregoers. The show has broken box office and attendance records at every venue it has visited.

In January 2015 Disney will release licensed school versions of The Lion King for primary and secondary schools. These 30-minute and 70-minute versions of the show are accompanied by resource materials to help teachers and students learn about stagecraft and performance.

Julie Taymor's internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney's beloved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by over 75 million people across six continents. Ten productions are running concurrently around the globe: In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, The Lion King can currently be seen in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Brisbane and on tours of the UK, North America and Japan. Future productions are set to open in Mexico City and Shanghai.



LION KING WELCOMES 12 MILLIONTH VISITOR (4 AUGUST 2014)

This week, Disney's award-winning musical The Lion King welcomed its 12 millionth visitor at London's Lyceum Theatre. The show will celebrate its 15th anniversary in October in London, where the show remains the West End's best-selling stage production.

Winning over 70 theatre awards worldwide, this captivating stage production follows the adventures of the young lion cub Simba, as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of King.

Julie Taymor's internationally celebrated stage adaptation of Disney's beloved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by over 70 million people across six continents. In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, the show can currently be seen in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Sydney and on tours around the UK, North America and Japan. Recently announced future productions include Mexico City and Shanghai Disney Resort.











Information
Type of production: Musical

Opened: 19 October 1999

Booking until: 02 June 2018

Running time: 2 Hrs 30 Mins

Prices: £49.00 - £194.00

Author / playwright: Roger Allers

Director: Julie Taymor

Music by: Elton John

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