It's been fifteen years almost to the week that I first saw Disney's The Lion King in what was its first year in the West End. I don't think even Disney could have predicted that sixteen years later the show would still be London's most popular musical, selling out performances eight times a week and playing to packed crowds.Judging the show against the current climate of the West End, I worried some of the magic may have faded, but Julie Taymor's staging and costume design remains some of the...
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Witness the circle of life in Disney’s long-running and multi-award-winning musical in London’s West End at the Lyceum Theatre. The Lion King tickets are available on London Theatre now.
The Lion King, a fascinating theatrical sensation
Adapted from the 1994 film, The Lion King is one of the most successful stage musicals in history. Director and designer Julie Taymor crafts a colourful, imaginative, and highly creative world that brings Africa's flora, fauna, and animals to life using clever puppetry set against a timeless score by Elton John and Tim Rice. The Lion King musical is unlike anything seen in musical theatre before and will redefine your expectations of what theatre can be.
What is The Lion King the Musical about?
The Lion King is about a young lion cub named Simba. He’s the prince and heir of Pride Rock. During the musical, Simba goes on a life-changing journey through the Pride Lands but must defeat Mufasa’s brother Scar who dreams of ascending to the throne. Can Simba face the world and roar louder than ever before?
What makes The Lion King musical an exceptional experience?
The Lion King is an incredible experience for the whole family. Over 200 puppets bring the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and the evocative rhythms of Africa to life, set against a timeless score by Elton John and Tim Rice, with beloved songs like “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.”
The Lion King songs incorporate six different African languages: Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, and Congolese, into the lyrics. The first line of “Circle of Life” says, “Nants ingonyama bagithi baba”, translating to “There’s a lion, father”. Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer provide original songs for the musical.
In a five-star review on London Theatre, our critic raves: “The Lion King is an outstanding creative and emotional musical and will no doubt remain the King of the West End for many years to come.”
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2h 30m (incl. interval)
October 19th, 1999
June 2nd, 2024
6+. Children under 3 are not permitted to enter the theatre. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and may not sit on their own. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Cast and creative
By: Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
Songs by: Elton John and Tim Rice, with additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, Hans Zimmer
Director: Julie Taymor
Choreography: Garth Fagan
Producer: Walt Disney Theatrical productions under the direction of Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher
Cast list: Owen Chaponda (as Simba), Merryl Ansah (as Nala), George Asprey (as Scar), Jorell Coiffic-Kamall (as Banzai), Rhiane Drummond (as Shenzi), Shaun Escoffery (as Mufasa), Gary Jordan (as Zazu), Jamie McGregor (as Timon), Thenjiwe Thendiva Nofemele (as Rafiki), Mark Roper (as Pumbaa), Mark Tatham (as Ed), Emrys Zeph Adamah, Rio Odame Danquah, Carmelo Ivan Seruw-Pedroso, Kobe Warmington (alternating as Young Simba), Divine Cole, Amber Koduah-Hutchison, Ocean Monilal, Sahara Sandy (alternating as Young Nala)
Design: Richard Hudson
Costume: Julie Taymor
Lighting: Donald Holder
Sound: Steve Canyon Kennedy Other info: Mask and puppet design by Julie Taymor and Michael Curry, hair and makeup design by Michael Ward, music supervision by Clement Ishmael, orchestrations by David Metzger
Latest The Lion King News & Features
The actors were in the ensemble of the hit West End Disney musical before the pandemic, and this May, they stepped into the lead roles of adult Simba and Nala.
A roar-some West End family favourite, adapted from the beloved Disney animated film, The Lion King is renowned for its incredible soundtrack – blending the movie’s hit songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, like “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata”, with Lebo M's authentic African compositions. Combined with visionary director Julie Taymor’s jaw-dropping production, featuring innovative puppetry and clever theatrical devices to evoke the Pride Lands, it’s no wonder that The Lion King remains so...
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