Disney’s The Lion King & The Lyceum Theatre London. We all need to go to a quality family show and The Lion King
both in London and globally is a multi-award winning bonafide success. Perfect if you have young children or maybe you have friends visiting or you could be visiting London yourself.
Disney’s THE LION KING
21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ
Box Office number: 0844 871 3000
THE LION KING plays Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.
There is no performance on a Monday evening.
The Lion King EPK ……
I grew up on classic musicals from the likes of Seven Brides to Seven Brothers and The King and I to British sensations such as Oliver.
I still am very happy to curl up on a sofa on a wet afternoon to watch a Hollywood classic.
Before Christmas I went along to see The Lion King with a good friend of mine who is definitely a fan, though believe or not I had never seen any of it, although I knew a couple of the tunes. I remember fondly seeing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat back in late seventies or early 80’s, loved Evita and one of my claim to fames is being taken to see Yul Brynner perform The King and I in the West End. When you have a name like Disney putting the show you are sure you are in for a big surprise….name that tune in 1……
I adore going to the theatre for several reasons. Firstly is one of the purest forms of entertainment and as I have spent now over a quarter of a century working in film and television I can appreciate what it takes to put on a show, especially as one as complex as this, with I am sure a whole team backstage working their magic. In addition I like the feel of the West End, theatre land… a chance to go up town so to speak …. Have a drink and a bite to eat…
Interestingly though it’s also a little bit of a challenge these days but a good one, for I have to switch off my phone and try to unwind. One also requires a little patience as very often with a good story you need to get to know the characters before all the bells and whistles start firing. This is very different from the instance of television or film.
I was very impressed and also glad to see the theatre full. Personally I think it’s perfect to take children to.
Almost twice as many people visit the theatre every year in London as watch Premier League football, according to a National Theatre report.
The analysis showed there are 241 professional theatres in London, with more than 110,000 seats and attendances of 22 million. That compares with 13 million attendees for all of England’s Premier League football games.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “London is without doubt the theatre capital of the world.
“From the bright lights of the West End and our thriving fringe, to the rise of immersive theatre in the unlikeliest of places, the quality, variety and breadth on offer here is unrivalled. Employing thousands and bringing in almost £620 million a year, theatre is also hugely important to our economy.”
Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 16th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre.
Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING 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.
Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by more than 80 million people across six continents.
Ten productions are running concurrently around the globe.
The show’s full creative team, all of whom won Tony Awards® for their work on THE LION KING, reunited in 1999 to recreate the show for British audiences.
Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created hundreds of masks and puppets. Scenic design is by leading British designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Donald Holder.
Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan.
As well as writing completely new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an evocative blend of African rhythms and chorales, with additional material by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina. Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the animated film. The resulting sound of ‘The Lion King’ is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, including the Academy Award®-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight and the haunting Shadowland.
THE LION KING is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.