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.
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.