The Lion King is the much loved musical stage adaptation of Disney’s hugely successful animated film.
When the young lion prince Simba is born, his evil uncle Scar is pushed back to second in line to the throne. Unimpressed with his future prospects, Scar plots to kill both Simba and his father, the lion King Mufasa, becoming king in the process. Young Simba survives the heinous plot but is led to believe that his father died because of him. Devastated, he flees the kingdom and soon finds a carefree life. But without a real king, the pride soon falls on hard times and a hero is needed to bring back prosperity.
Released in 1994, The Lion King is one of Disney’s most popular modern movies. At the 1995 Oscars it won the awards for Best Music: Original Score for Hans Zimmer’s score and Best Music: Original Song for Elton John and Tim Rice’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight. Two of the film’s other songs – Circle Of Life and Hakuna Matata – were also nominated. Both score and songs feature in the stage musical adaptation, along with some new material.
The show is directed by Julie Taymor, who also designed the Olivier award winning costumes which transform the stage of the Lyceum theatre into the African plains, occupied by lions, giraffes, birds, zebras, hyenas and even a stampede of wildebeest.
The Lion King won six Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway and was nominated for eight Laurence Olivier Awards.
‘You hope all nights in the theatre will be like this!’Daily Mail.
‘It lights up the West End with a blaze of fabulous imagination’Evening Standard.