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Lyceum Theatre, London
Booking to 19 October 2024
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Disney’s The Lion King – the most spectacular West End musical

As the sun rises on the plains of the Serengeti, watch in awe as giraffes, gazelles and birds bring the story of Simba to life in a spectacle unlike any other. Now playing at London’s Lyceum Theatre, this acclaimed reimagining of Disney’s beloved film will redefine your expectation of theatre.

Using magical puppetry, costumes and sets, a dazzling world is brought to life in one of the most imaginative and beautiful musicals to ever be staged. Featuring Oscar winning music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, Disney’s The Lion King is not to be missed.

The show has won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, and has also won more than 70 major awards including a NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album, an Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

Disney’s The Lion King tickets are booking until 19 October 2024 at the Lyceum Theatre, London.

What's the story of Disney's The Lion King?

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi award-winning musical will redefine your expectations of theatre.

At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Who is in the cast of Disney's The Lion King?

The Lion King stars Owen Chaponda as Simba, Merryl Ansah as Nala, George Asprey as Scar, 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, Rhiane Drummond as Shenzi, and Jorell Coiffic-Kamall as Banzai.

Who are the creative team of Disney's The Lion King?

The Lion King is directed by Julie Taymor.
The show features music by Sir Elton John, and lyrics by Sir Tim Rice. Additional musical material is by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, is written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi.

Other members of the creative team include Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Julie Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.


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Reviews of Disney's The Lion King

"A roaring success" - Evening Standard
"As fresh and soul-stirring as ever" - Daily Telegraph
"There is simply nothing else like it" - The New York Times
"You hope all nights in the theatre will be like this!" - Daily Mail
★★★★  Average review score

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 19 October 2024
Age restrictions
6+
Running time
2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

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Important Notes

Age restrictions: Recommended for ages 6+. Children under the age of 3 (including babies in arms) will not be admitted into the theatre. All persons aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult and may not sit on their own within the auditorium. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Content notes: Strobe lighting is used during the performance

Seating notes: There is a wall present between Stalls seats Z17-23 and ZA15-23


Venue Information

Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
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The Lion King roars past Cats to become the West End’s 5th longest running musical EVER!
Disney’s The Lion King has hit a major milestone, becoming the 5th longest running musical to ever play in London's West End. The show beats Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, which was a record-breaker in its day as the longest-running musical. Cats opened at the New London Theatre, now the Gillian Lynne Theatre, in May 1981 and closed 21 years later in May 2002, chalking up an impressive 8,949 performances. The show was London's longest-running musical from 1989, when it surpassed Andrew Lloyd Webber's other hit musical at the time, Jesus Christ Superstar, to October 2006, when it was beaten by Les Miserables. Now, as at April 2024, Disney's mega-hit musical The Lion King has played for 9,638 performances, well surpassing Cats. The milestone had gone unchecked, with Society of London Theatre figures for September 2023 only marking the show as 8,897, a figure that hadn't been updated in that latest round of stats. It means that London's longest-running musicals list is now ranked with Les Miserables in the top spot, followed by The Phantom of the Opera, Blood Brothers, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King and then Cats. Overall, Disney's The Lion King is the 7th longest-running show in West End history, with the list also including The Mousetrap and The Woman in Black. Another West End record-breaker coming up fast is Mamma Mia! The show celebrated its 25th anniversary this weekend, and sits in the Number Four slot of longest-running musicals, just behind Blood Brothers, which played 10,013 performances. By our reckoning, it should take the Number Three spot this summer. This October The Lion King marks another important milestone, having played for 25 years at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End. The 25th anniversary celebrations will include a community garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival in July 2024. Named "The Circle of Life" , the garden will feature live performances from The Lion King and interactive activities through the week. More than 19 million people have seen The Lion King in London, with every performance needing 150 people to put on the show, including 50 on stage and 100 backstage, along with 232 puppets and 350 costumes. Disney's The Lion King is now booking at the Lyceum Theatre to 19 October 2024. Book tickets to Disney's The Lion King in London
Disney’s The Lion King to celebrate 25th birthday with RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival community garden
This summer, hit West End musical Disney’s The Lion King will present a community garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. "The Circle of Life" garden will celebrate 25 years of the award-winning West End musical, which first opened at the Lyceum Theatre on 19 October 1999. More than 19 million people have seen The Lion King in London, with every performance needing 150 people to put on the show, including 50 on stage and 100 backstage, along with 232 puppets and 350 costumes. "The Circle of Life" garden will take place at the Royal Horticultural Society's annual Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival from 2 to 7 July 2024, and feature rousing live performances and interactive activities throughout the week. The garden will be designed by leading garden designer Juliet Sargeant, and filled with vibrant, drought-tolerant flowers, to reflect the bright colours of Julie Taymor’s design, and dusty red soil will be planted with swathes of resilient grasses to reflect the Pridelands. It will be surrounded by a wildlife-friendly dry hedge, to create a traditional Boma providing a communal meeting place for visitors to enjoy. The ‘Circle of Life’ will be echoed throughout the garden, creating balance and harmony, whilst a large silk ‘sunrise’ will provide a colourful and theatrical boundary focal point. Climate resilient plants and trees such as Bulbinella frutescens 'Sunset Orange, 'Zanthoxyllum simulans (Szechuan pepper), Kniphofia varieties, Zelkova serrata, Savannah Ruby Grass, and Gleditsia Skyline (Honey Locust) will offer practical, drought-tolerant take-home ideas for show visitors to plant in their own outdoor spaces. The designer of The Lion King garden, Juliet Sargeant, said in a statement: “The Circle of Life” is a great theme for a garden-maker! I am having such fun, working with the talented Lion King team to create a colourful and stimulating space for Lion King fans to celebrate 25 years of the iconic West End show. The parched landscape of the African savanna is a continuous backdrop to the drama on stage and it has provided me with an inspirational well-spring, from which to create a drought-tolerant garden with practical ideas for people to take home.” The role of Scar in the West End has been played by George Asprey for 16 years, and as a keen amateur gardener, he said: “I find gardening gives you such a strong connection to nature and the seasons: what to sow in different soil types and when to sow it. I find I’m much more aware of the changing cycles around me – not just in my garden, but also when I go on walks, or even when I notice the trees around town. My garden is a place I can truly lose myself, a relief from the stress and strains of the modern world. I hope this garden at Hampton Court offers visitors the same respite. During lockdown when the theatres closed, I joined a lawn care company. The work was hard and the hours were long, but I loved it. Creating beautiful spaces and maintaining them gave me a huge sense of pride; it was a time I will never forget. The Lion King at its heart is about respect for nature's equilibrium and existing in harmony within it." Disney's The Lion King is now booking at the Lyceum Theatre to 19 October 2024. Book tickets to Disney's The Lion King in London
Disney’s The Lion King UK & Ireland tour announces new cast
The UK & Ireland Tour of Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King has revealed new casting for the show. Aphiwe Nyezi is set to star as 'Simba', with Brian Gilligan as 'Scar' and Andre Jewson as 'Zazu'. The trio start performing from 5 September 2023. Also joining the cast are Aleasha Grace, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Phumelele Jili, Joshua Lloyd, Abon Saliljan, Keorapetse Sebokolodi and Karlene Wray. The existing principal cast members include Thandazile Soni as ‘Rafiki’, Jean-Luc Guizonne as ‘Mufasa’, Janique Charles as ‘Nala’ (until 16 Sep), Nokwanda Khuzwayo as ‘Nala’ (from 28 Sep), Alan McHale as ‘Timon’ and Carl Sanderson as ‘Pumba’. The talented, truly international company are from 17 countries around the world. The show is currently playing at the Birmingham Hippodrome until 16 September, and then moves to Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 28 September to 11 November 2023, where it completes its UK and Ireland Tour. Aphiwe Nyezi was born in Cape Town, South Africa and is currently a member of The Lion King company in London’s West End. Brian Gilligan, from Dublin, Ireland, is currently covering the role of ‘Scar’ in UK & Ireland Tour cast and has featured in numerous stage productions including Romeo & Juliet at Mill Theatre Dublin and Jimmy’s Hall at Abbey Theatre Dublin. Australia’s Andre Jewson has played ‘Zazu’ across the globe in the International Tour and Australian Tour of The Lion King. Julie Taymor’s internationally celebrated stage adaptation of The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 global productions in nine different languages have been created since then: English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese. The Lion King is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Since the UK premiere in 1999, The Lion King in London has entertained more than 18 million theatregoers and is the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. Scenic design for the production is by British designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Donald Holder. Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay. The original score from the animated film by Elton John and Tim Rice was expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers. As well as Elton and Tim 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. Book tickets to Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in London
Sir Tim Rice to join BBC Maestro’s platform
Sir Tim Rice is the latest name set to join BBC Maestro’s platform of world-class experts, sharing backstage access to the world of musical theatre, songwriting and performance. In this exclusive online course for BBC Maestro, Sir Tim, one of the few people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award, will break down his creative process from initial idea to final performance, sharing invaluable insights and an unrivalled understanding of what’s needed to make it in musicals. The lyric-writing legend behind Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aladdin, The Wizard of Oz and The Lion King, Sir Tim is synonymous with musicals throughout Broadway and the West End, his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Elton John recognised as some of the most influential in musical theatre history. Spanning over 20 lessons, those keen to break into the genre will learn to hone their storytelling through writing, performing and collaborating. In addition to in-depth break downs of Sir Tim’s most beloved songs, the course will feature technical guidance on the art of performance, essential steps to crafting a timeless musical, and the business of writing for film – including both Disney and Bond. Lessons will cover hard-earned guidance on financing creative projects, advice on handling career setbacks, and explore the shared DNA between musicals, pop and rock. Renowned names from the world of musical theatre will accompany Sir Tim to share advice on the process needed to create a compelling performance on stage. Detailed course notes will offer practical tips and interactive exercises to further develop aspiring lyricists and performers’ musical toolkit. “Your musical theatre journey can start anywhere, never let an opportunity pass you by – no matter how small it may seem. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat originally began as a 15-minute end-of-term play for a school. It’s been a pleasure to share my experience with BBC Maestro in the hope it will inspire a new generation of writers and performers and to give their ideas and lyrics a chance to shine.” said Rice. Sir Tim’s course on Writing and Performing Musical Theatre will be available later this summer via bbcmaestro.com. The BBC Maestro platform features a series of extended, in-depth lessons filmed in 4K with an eclectic mix of prestigious experts and allows participants to explore new areas of learning from the comfort of their own home. The commercial online education platform developed and operated by Maestro Media Ltd offers individual courses which can be purchased for £80, and annual subscriptions for £110. Tim Rice on BBC Maestro
Disney 100: The Concert – UK Tour Cast announced
Casting has been announced for Disney 100: The Concert - a new concert series celebrating 100 years of Disney. Strictly Come Dancing star Janette Manrara will host the tour, which begins in Glasgow on 31 May 2023.  Joining Manrara and performing live on the night will be Bessy Ewa (Next Thing You Know), Charlie Burn (Les Misérables), Cleve September (Hamilton), Anton Zetterholm (Les Misérables), Roberta Valentini (Tarzan, Wicked), Georgina Hagen (Heathers), Richard-Salvador Wolff (Aladdin), Tobias Joch (Songs for a New World) and Masengu Kanyinda (Bat Out of Hell). Disney100: The Concert will include songs from the likes of The Lion King, Aladdin, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Encanto and more, as well as highlights from Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar. The tour will visit  Leeds First Direct Arena (1 June), Liverpool M&S Bank Arena (2 June), The O2 in London (4 June), Manchester AO Arena (5 June), Birmingham Resorts World Arena (6 June), Cardiff International Arena (7 June) and Bournemouth International Centre (8 June). Disney 100: The Concert will also travel to Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France, with more dates set to be announced. A Disney spokesperson said, “Since its founding in 1923, The Walt Disney Company has embodied fantasy, magic, great emotions, and dreams experienced by a wide variety of heroes and heroines in fascinating worlds all set to mesmerising, award-winning melodies and songs. Whether underwater or on the high seas, in the vastness of the universe or simply in a children’s room, the soundtracks of these stories touch hearts and move people of all generations. Since 2016, the successful musical series ‘Disney in Concert’ has been enchanting fans worldwide with these legendary soundtracks.” The celebratory concerts were announced at a special event in London last year, revealing plans for the Europe-wide celebrations for Disney's 100th birthday. That event, hosted by TV presenter Emma Willis, saw performances from Disneyland Paris and The Lion King cast. Disney has a number of major West End shows running in London, including Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, and Disney's Frozen The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. A production of Disney's Newsies is also running at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre in London. Disney 100: The Concert - UK Tour Dates June 1 2023: Leeds, First Direct Arena  June 2 2023: Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool June 4 2023: London, The O2 June 6 2023: Birmingham, Resorts World Arena June 8 2023: Bournemouth, Bournemouth International Centre
Owen Chaponda and Merryl Ansah to star in The Lion King in the West End of London
Owen Chaponda and Merryl Ansah have been announced to take over the roles of Simba and Nala in Disney's The Lion King in London. The award-winning West End production of Disney’s The Lion King will welcome Owen Chaponda (Back to the Future; The Colour Purple) and Merryl Ansah (Heathers; Crazy for You), who will step into the iconic roles of ‘Simba’ and ‘Nala’, this spring on 9 May 2023. This will mark their return to the show, both having previously performed in the ensemble in the West End production. Owen Chaponda said, "Taking over the role of Simba in the West End is unbelievably exciting. I loved every minute of being in the show as an ensemble member so returning as such an iconic character is a real dream come true. Simba is a diverse character , his playfulness in contrast to his soft and vulnerable side is extremely fun to play with, he is young and full of energy but also has this huge emotional journey that he embarks on with his father Mufasa, his uncle Scar and his best friend Nala every night. He really needs Nala’s help to do that growing up so taking on the role with Merryl as she grows into Nala too will really add an extra level on and off stage which i can't wait explore" Merryl Ansah said, “Nala is amazing! She’s such a strong female character who leads with integrity and also allows herself to be vulnerable while really holding the Pridelands together. She has her own journey with the lionesses as well as with Simba and I’m excited for both those parts of the role. I cannot wait to be back in this show, and, not only that, to be stepping into the role at the same time as Owen joins makes it an even more special journey for us both. We're ready to take the Pridelands together!" The production will also welcome Rhiane Drummond as Shenzi, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall as Banzai, along with new ensemble cast members: Gibsa Bah, Shaquille Brush, Stedroy Cabey, Nikki Cheung, Kat Collings, Marlee Jay, Tomas Larraguivel, Gennaro Maffettone, Lanya Matthews, Daniel Mejia, Sipho Mlombile, Ntethelelo Nhlapo, Dillan Hope Suttle and Francesca Thompson. They will begin performances on Tuesday 9 May. The new cast will join a uniquely international company of over 50 actors, dancers and singers from 15 countries from around the world, led by, George Asprey as Scar, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Gary Jordan as Zazu, Jamie McGregor as Timon, Thenjiwe Thendiva Nofemele as Rafiki, Mark Roper as Pumbaa and Mark Tatham as Ed. Since the UK premiere in 1999, The Lion King London has entertained more than 18 million theatre goers at its home at the Lyceum Theatre and is the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. The show is currently booking at the Lyceum until 15 October 2023. Book tickets to Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre London.
Disney 100 The Concert to tour Europe and the UK, including London’s The O2
A new concert in celebration of 100 years of Disney has been announced for 2023, which will tour Europe and the UK, including the O2 in London. Disney 100: The Concert will feature legendary film scenes from Disney movies on giant screens, and magical musical moments brought to life by the Hollywood Sound Orchestra and star soloists. The concert promises to feature some of the most-loved songs from Disney's films, including Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Encanto, and more; as well as highlights from the worlds of Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel. The UK part of the tour starts in Glasgow on 31 May 2023, and will then go to Leeds, Liverpool, London’s The O2, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bournemouth. Other European destinations include Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France, with more dates set to be announced. Disney 100: The Concert at The O2 will take place on 4 June 2023 at 4.30pm. A Disney spokesperson said, “Since its founding in 1923, The Walt Disney Company has embodied fantasy, magic, great emotions, and dreams experienced by a wide variety of heroes and heroines in fascinating worlds all set to mesmerising, award-winning melodies and songs. Whether underwater or on the high seas, in the vastness of the universe or simply in a children’s room, the soundtracks of these stories touch hearts and move people of all generations. Since 2016, the successful musical series ‘Disney in Concert’ has been enchanting fans worldwide with these legendary soundtracks.” The concerts were announced at a special event in London today, 27 October 2022, revealing plans for the Europe-wide celebrations for Disney's 100th birthday next year. Hosted by TV presenter Emma Willis, the event saw performances from Disneyland Paris and The Lion King cast. Celebration events next year include a major new "Disney 100: The Exhibition" which will take guests on a journey through Disney’s past, immersing them in the beloved stories that have been entertaining the world since 1923. Disney will also open its vault of treasures to showcase hundreds of extraordinary pieces of history, including rarely seen original artworks, artefacts, costumes, props and other memorabilia. The exhibition starts in Philadelphia in the US in February, and then visits Munich from 18 April, and tours Europe. It will open at the Excel centre in London in Autumn 2023. The celebrations will also present a "Wonder of Friendship – The Experience," which is an immersive multi-sensory experience celebrating dynamic duos, brave besties and inseparable pals. Groups of friends will have the chance to venture through 1,000 square meters of different experiences and installations set across four rooms, including Alice in Wonderland, Lilo & Stitch, The Lion King and Mickey and Friends. The exhibition will open in London from May 2023, and then visit other places in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and more. Disney has a number of major West End shows running in London, including Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, and Disney's Frozen The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Disney also co-produce Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre with Cameron Mackintosh. Disney 100: The Concert - UK Tour Dates June 1 2023: Leeds, First Direct Arena  June 2 2023: Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool June 4 2023: London, The O2 June 6 2023: Birmingham, Resorts World Arena June 8 2023: Bournemouth, Bournemouth International Centre
Disney’s D23 Expo releases The Little Mermaid, Disenchanted trailers; new Lion King sequel Mufasa; Hocus Pocus 2; Beauty and the Beast Live
Disney's annual fan event, D23 Expo, took place at the weekend at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California. The annual showcase of new Disney movies and TV for the rest of 2022 and into 2023 included some big-name musical movies coming to the screen soon, including The Little Mermaid live action movie, Disenchanted, Mufasa: The Lion King, Hocus Pocus 2, Beauty and the Beast Live and more. The Marvel, Star Wars and 20th Century Fox announcements included new Indiana Jones, Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Thunderbolts movies. Also a new live-action Snow White movie which will star Gal Gadot in the role of the Evil Queen is coming to cinemas in 2024. The Little Mermaid Disney released a new trailer for the live action version of The Little Mermaid, coming to cinemas on 26 May2023, and featuring new songs by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The live action movie stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (“grown-ish”) as Ariel; Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton,” “Snowpiercer”) as the voice of Sebastian; Jacob Tremblay (“Luca,” “Room”) as the voice of Flounder; Awkwafina (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as the voice of Scuttle; Jonah Hauer-King (“A Dog’s Way Home”) as Prince Eric; Art Malik (“Homeland”) as Sir Grimsby; Noma Dumezweni (“Mary Poppins Returns”) as Queen Selina; with Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Being the Ricardos”) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”) as Ursula. Directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns, Chicago), the movie is written by David Magee based on Hans Christian Anderson's story and Disney's animated film by Ron Clements and John Musker. Music is by Alan Menken, lyrics are by Howard Ashman, and new lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-wPm99PF9U Disenchanted Disney also released a trailer for new Enchanted sequel Disenchanted. The movie comes out on Disney+ on 24 November 2022. This live-action musical comedy reunites original cast members Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and James Marsden and also stars Maya Rudolph, Gabriella Baldacchino, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays,. Disenchanted is directed by Adam Shankman and features new songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRuwjZJ-DQw Mufasa: The Lion King A new sequel to Disney's The Lion King is heading to cinemas soon. Mufasa: The Lion King will tell the story of Simba's father, who was orphaned as a lion cub. The origins story will be told in two timeframes by Rafiki and Timon and Pumbaa, The animated film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), with a script by Jeff Nathanson. The cast is to include the voices of Seth Rogen (Pumbaa), Billy Eichner (Timon), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Scar), John Kani (Rafiki), and Aaron Pierre (Mufasa). There's no official release date, but Disney have targeted 2024. Hocus Pocus 2 Disney has also recently released the new trailer for forthcoming Halloween holidays sequel, Hocus Pocus 2. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy reunite for this anticipated Disney+ movie, hitting the Disney+ streaming service on 30 September 2022. Hocus Pocus 2 also stars Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water”), Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl”), Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt”), Belisa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War,” “Good Boys”), Juju Brener (“Vanquish”), Froy Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen. Directed by Anne Fletcher (“Dumplin,’” “The Proposal”), it's written by Jen D’Angelo (“Happy Together,” “Workaholics”) and produced by Lynn Harris (“King Richard,” “The Shallows”), with Adam Shankman (“Disenchanted,” “Hairspray”), Ralph Winter (“Hocus Pocus,” “X-Men” franchise) and David Kirschner (“Hocus Pocus,” “Chucky”) serving as executive producers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecJRvz9nk-U Beauty and the Beast Live Disney's ABC television network in the US will premiere an animated and live-action blended special of Beauty and the Beast to celebrate its 30th anniversary. It will air on 15 December 2022 on ABC, and then the next day on Disney+. The cast is set to include Josh Groban, who will soon play Sweeney Todd on Broadway, as the Beast, playing opposite H.E.R. as Belle. Joshua Henry will play Gaston, and EGOT winner Rita Moreno will play the narrator. The two-hour live special reimagining is presented by The Wonderful World of Disney, and taped in front of a live audience at Disney Studios, executive produced by Jon M. Chu and directed by Hamish Hamilton. Book tickets to Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the London Palladium until 17 September 2022. Disney+ TV Disney+ TV announcements included The Muppets Mayhem, in a new series for 2023 that follows the The Electric Mayhem Band full of old-school muppets on an epic, music-filled journey to record their first-ever studio album; season 3 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series; and The Hip Hop Nutcracker, from Run-D.M.C.’s Rev Run who brings a hip-hop reimagining of The Nutcracker ballet set in New York City.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda to present musical extravaganza for Queen’s Jubilee
Reports are in that Andrew Lloyd Webber (Cinderella, The Phantom of the Opera) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) have worked on a special Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration musical show. Billed a a musical extravaganza, the two acclaimed musicals composers have worked together to produce a key part of the BBC's Platinum Party at the Palace. The event takes place on the evening of Saturday 4 June 2022, outside Buckingham Palace in London. It is believed that the live performance will include a diverse mix of talent from West End theatre, in a bid for the West End to pay tribute to the Queen's 70 years on the throne. Lloyd Webber and Lin Manuel Miranda will perform together. Also there will be songs performed by the casts of Hamilton, Disney's The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Six The Musical and more. UPDATE: Jason Donovan will also perform "I Closed My Eyes" from Lloyd Webber's Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. For the Phantom performance, Killian Donnelly and Lucy St Louis will perform. WATCH: Watch The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Party on BBC iPlayer (UK only). Lloyd Webber has form in composing for the Queen's jubilees. In 2012 he composed a song with Take That's Gary Barlow called ‘Sing’ for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; and composed a number called Cricket with Tim Rice for her 60th birthday celebration. The two composers bonded during Covid lockdowns, sparring with each other over musical playoffs, and are believed to have built up a firm friendship. https://twitter.com/OfficialALW/status/1240689694519652352 Also, in April 2017 they had a live chat during the first ‘Live at The Other Palace’ event, streamed on Facebook. This week, Lloyd Webber has continued to battle the fallout from his sudden decision to close his new musical Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne theatre in London.
Disney’s Lion King reveals UK tour dates and cast
The Walt Disney Company has announced casting and dates for the upcoming UK tour of The Lion King. Stephenson Ardern-Sodje is set to play the new Simba. He made his West End debut in the original London cast of Hamilton and is currently part of the Globe Theatre 2021 tour. Joining him will be Nokwanda Khuzwayo in the role of Nala; she previously played the role in Germany and Brazil. Alan Mchale will be returning to the Lion King company in a new role as Timon with newcomer Owain Rhys Davies taking the role of Ed. They will join returning principals Matthew Forbes as Zazu, Jean-Luc Guizonne as Mufasa, Richard Hurst as Scar, Rebecca Omogbehin as Shenzi, Thandazile Soni as Rafiki, Carl Sanderson as Pumbaa and Simon Trinder as Banzai. Stephenson Ardern-Sodje to play Simba. His screen credits include Breeders and Superhoe (c) Disney The tour will re-open in Dublin 23 December before moving on to Bristol (17 Feb – 19 Mar 2022), Bradford (24 March - 28 May 2022), Cardiff (7 Jul - 27 Aug 2022), Southampton (8 Sep - 15 Oct 2022) and Manchester (27 Oct - 24 Dec 2022). Further tour dates to be announced. The UK & Ireland tour cast also includes: Lwando Bam, Mamido Bomboko Souchu, Khanyisani Beato, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Rushand Chambers, Tau-En Chien, Elisa Chou, Tevin Daniel, Tim Driesen, Oraine Frater, Adebunmi Gabriel, Brian Gilligan, Daniel Griffith, Alicia Hayward, Zalika Henry, Caleaf Henson, Olivia Jones, Melvin Le Blanc, Jochebel Maccarthy, Zanele Mazibuko, Fallon Mondlane, Zanele Ndlovu, Buhle Nkomo, Craig Pedro, Joaquin Pedro Valdes, Connor Pelé Williams, Tara Price, Kyle Richardson, Cristiane Santos De Jesus, Lukin Simmonds, Sherry Tay, Francesca Thompson, Maria Yim and Bukiwe Zinganto. The Lion King is directed by Julie Taymor, with choreography by Garth Fagan. It is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. The London stage production of the Lion King recently resumed performances at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End and is currently booking until 3 April 2022. The Lion King tickets are available to book
‘Disney’s The Lion King’ announces new West End cast
Disney's West End production of The Lion King will resume performances in July with 14 new cast members headed by Londoner Kayi Ushe in the iconic role of Simba. Kayi joins the show having performed in The Book of Mormon, Motown The Musical and Crazy For You, as well as touring extensively as ‘Lola’ in Kinky Boots. Featuring over 50 actors, singers and dancers, the cast is led by George Asprey as Scar, David Blake as Banzai, Janique Charles as Nala, Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Gary Jordan as Zazu, Jamie McGregor as Timon, Melone M’Kenzy as Shenzi and Mark Roper as Pumbaa.  New cast include Phil Adèle, who will make his West End debut in the role of ‘Ed’, and ensemble cast members from seven countries around the world: Gesztenye Botos, Reece Darlington-Delaire, Shak Gabbidon-Williams, Ryesha Higgs, Candice Holdford, Angela Marie Hurst, Duane Lamonte, Jane Carla Leynes, Deja Linton, Jonathan Lutwyche, Kearabetswe Mogotsi and Taela Yeomans-Brown. The award-winning landmark musical is set to return to the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End on 29th July 2021, where the production has been seen by over 16 million people in the last two decades. [ngg src="galleries" ids="662" display="pro_sidescroll"] Disney's multi-award winning musical uses breathtaking masks and puppetry to create pure theatrical magic. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. The Lion King is booking from 29 July 2021 until 3 April 2022 at the Lyceum Theatre, London.
Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ sets dates for West End return
London's West End theatre scene will roar to life this Summer as Disney's The Lion King resumes performances at the Lyceum Theatre from 29 July 2021. Since its 1999 London premiere, Julie Taymor’s much-loved adaptation of Disney's classic film has been the must-see show of anyone coming to London. As a testament to its fanbase, when it temporarily closed on 15 March 2020, The Lion King was the West End's best-selling show and is currently the sixth-longest running musical in West End history. Globally the show has been seen by over 100 million theatre-goers across 25 productions, six of which have been running for over 15 years. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, the Tony and Olivier Award winning show is stunningly brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes. It tells the story of young Simba’s epic adventures as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king. Disney's The Lion King. Lyceum Theatre, London. Shaun Escoffery who plays Mufasa in the London productions said: “We are so excited to finally have a date that we will be able to perform for audiences again. At THE LION KING we have always considered ourselves to be one big family, and to be coming back together after being separated for so long will be a truly happy moment. We cannot wait to be back on stage. When the opening bars of Circle of Life play out, I don’t believe there will be a dry eye anywhere in the theatre.” Tickets for the new booking period will go on sale at noon on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Disney's The Lion King is booking from 29 July 2021 until 3 April 2022 at the Lyceum Theatre, London.

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