Disney’s The Lion King, now in its thirteenth year in the West End, has reported record box office figures for the eighth year running. The show has defied the Olympics-related downturn that was predicted for the West End to report record sales of over £38 million.
The Lion King Tickets
What's it all about?
If you think the classic Disney film would be hard to top, think again. Even the magic of the movie can’t beat the buzz of The Lion King as it roars into life on stage.
You'll be spellbound from the start, as a dazzling cast of colourfully costumed creatures troops right past your seat to the rousing strains of Elton John’s 'Circle of Life'.
It's the perfect introduction to a charming coming of age tale set in the cat-eat-cat world of the sweltering African Pride Lands.
What's the story?
The story of Simba the lion cub and the famous Lion King songs are familiar to millions. But if you've managed to miss out 'til now, here’s a quick catch-up for you:
Simba is looking forward to becoming king of the pride but his scheming Uncle Scar has other plans. When tragedy strikes, the lion cub runs away believing himself to be an outcast. With Scar and the hyenas in charge, the once-proud Pride Lands fall into misery and neglect.
Can Simba face down his past with the help of friends Timon and Pumbaa? And will he ever return to his rightful place as King of the Pride Lands and restore the Circle of Life?
Who's in it?
This majestically successful show has been a jewel in the crown of hundreds of performers' careers since it premiered in 1997 amid an avalanche of Olivier and Tony Awards.
The Lion King's riches are many and varied. But if its purely musical pleasures you're after, Grammy Legend Award-winner Sir Elton John's score and Tim Rice's lyrics will knock your paws off.
When the cast belts out classics like 'Hakuna Matata' and 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight?' you'll have to stop yourself from jumping out of your seat and joining them.
Who is The Lion King suitable for?
The story of Simba and his growing affection for childhood mate Nala may be the ‘mane’ attraction for some. But it's the show's astonishing puppetry that puts The Lion King in a league of its own.
Before you've stopped marveling at the sight of 18ft giraffes grazing in the aisles and graceful gazelles galloping by, an awesome wildebeest stampede appears before your very eyes.
It isn't just kids who'll be entranced. You may be planning your trip to The Lion King as a treat for young cubs, but it's you who'll come out raving about the incredible skill of its peerless puppeteers.
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The Lion King reviews - staff
As soon as the opening chant of 'Circle of Life' rang out, I felt moved to tears. I was constantly in awe of the genius that went behind putting on the spectacle in front of me: the costumes, the graceful movements of the animals, and the staging of magnificent scenes you never thought could be converted from animation. It is a fantastic production that a lot of stage musicals should look up to!
The Lion King is the only musical I've seen more than once, which says a lot as I often have a very short attention span. What got me is that it has strong appeal for people of all ages, from young children through to grandparents. It's a classic story, but it's the music and costumes which really put the show in a league of its own. A thoroughly enjoyable evening, with something for the whole family.
West End shows don’t come much more spectacular than The Lion King. There’s a mix of puppetry, visual illusion and clever physical movement to suggest the different animals of the African Pridelands. And there’s that great music by Elton John and Hans Zimmer – loads of evocative percussion, haunting vocal chanting and hummable tunes. It’s the ideal theatre trip for adults as well as kids with many comic references and visual gags that keep both more than happy.
It is definitely one of the most visual and moving shows I've seen in the West End. The story and music are fantastic, but the production really comes to life with the staging and costumes - the masks and puppetry are sensational.
The Lion King reviews - critics
The Lion King reviews - most recent customers
This was our second visit and the show is still excellent!!!!!
Absolutely superb. My two daughters were totally enthralled and 2.5 hours have never flown by so quickly. Would recommend to anybody without hesitation.
Amazing really clever costumes & cast were brill Really AMAZING Seating was good could see everything
This was a christmas present for my grandson and he absolutely lovely it. His face lit up from start to the end. Brilliant show
Did You Know?
Gary Forbes, who plays Banzai the hyena, is the show’s longest-serving cast member, having been in the London ensemble since its West End opening in 1999. So it’s heartening to know that he’s always very aware people wait months to see the show and he strives to keep his performance fresh.
To give you some idea of what a colossal undertaking it was to bring this tremendous show to the stage, it took 17,000 hours to build all the puppets and masks involved, and 114 people are needed to prepare for each performance. But all this work has certainly been worth it because more than 50 million people in five continents have now seen the show.
And even top thesps are among its admirers. When Judi Dench attended the London premiere, she is said to have been moved to tears.
PLEASE NOTE: strobe lighting is used several times during the performance. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Children over 3 will be admitted, but they must be able to sit in their own seat quietly throughout the performance. If they become restless, they may be asked to leave the auditorium.
1998 Tony Awards
Best Director of a Musical
Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design
1998 Grammy Awards
Best Musical Show Album
1999 Laurence Olivier Awards
Best Costume Design
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