The Lion King London
The Lion King is based on the Disney animated film of the same name and has become a classic in the world of musical theatre. The Lion King tickets London are always in popular demand so it is always worth booking well in advance!
First seen in July 1997 in Minneapolis, the show’s instant success and appeal to both adults and children was evident and so The Lion King premiered on Broadway only three months later and has been playing there ever since, becoming Broadway’s seventh-longest show in history. The Lion King debuted in the West End at the Lyceum Theatre on 19th October 1999 following its success over the pond and has nestled in nicely, bringing a slice of Africa to the London stage.
The 1994 film of the same name was Disney’s first original animated feature-length movie and proved to be very popular, sparking interest in a theatrical version just a couple of years after opening. The Lion King whisks us away to the Serengeti and the dry plains of East Africa to tell the emotional but ultimately triumphant story of a lion cub, Simba, who wishes to grow up and be King. Unbeknownst to the little cub, his evil uncle Scar is plotting to do away with both Simba and his father Mufasa, so he can make his own way to the throne. When Simba survives the plot, he is made to believe that he is responsible for his father’s death and is forced to become an outcast, leaving the Prideland and living an untroubled life away from it all. However, Simba soon learns of Scar taking over the Prideland, he must do whatever it takes to put things right and take his place as King.
The Lion King features many of the same songs in the movie version such as I Just Can’t Wait to Be King and The Circle of Life, all written by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice. The musical score was created by Hans Zimmer who wrote some extra songs for the musical such as Endless Night and Shadow Land, with choral arrangements by Lebo M. The show is produced by Disney Theatrical and directed by Julie Taymor who also designed the incredible costumes. When The Lion King opened on Broadway it was praised by the public and critics alike, winning six Tony Awards. The show was nominated for eight Olivier Awards for its London production, winning two.