Journey to the heart of the African Savannah and follow the story of Simba the lion cub who is forced into exile by his evil Uncle Scar. With the help of a wisecracking meerkat and a flatulent warthog Timon and Pumbaa, along with a colourful cast of memorable characters, Simba returns to his rightful place as king of the jungle.
The musical is directed by Julie Taymor, who has created an unforgettable production that brings the story to life in a brand new way. Featuring puppetry, dancing and impressive physical theatre, this really is a show that has to be seen to be believed. After opening on Broadway to rave critical reviews in 1997 the show became the hottest ticket in town, and has since mounted numerous productions in Taiwan, Mexico, Paris, Las Vegas and Sydney. The show recently became the fifth longest running musical ever on Broadway, and has been at the Lyceum Theatre for over 12 years.
A new UK tour has been announced, taking the show around the country for the first time. The success of the show has spawned a rise in productions by Walt Disney Theatricals, who are now represented on Broadway by shows such as 'Mary Poppins' and 'Newsies', as well as past shows including 'Tarzan' and 'Aida'.
The Lion King is the perfect musical for any occasion. Families will enjoy seeing the show live on-stage, and even the more discerning theatre critics will be blown away by the impressive production values and theatricality. For those new to musicals this show will be a perfect introduction to the genre, and will hopefully inspire repeated theatre visits.