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The Lion King - now in its 16th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre

Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London. Photo by Catherine Ashmore.

DISNEY’S award-winning musical The Lion King is now in its 16th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre.

Since its UK premiere in London on Tuesday, October 19, 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.

Tickets are currently on sale until January 2016 for individual bookings and March 2016 for Group bookings.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s much loved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by almost 80 million people across six continents.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years.

Translated into seven different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese), productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway and in London’s West End as well as in Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Melbourne, Australia, Basel and on tour across North America and Japan. A production is also planned for the Shanghai Disney Resort.

Having played 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this spectacular production explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music to tell the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

Julie Taymor, one of the world’s most innovative directors, brought a vast array of disciplines to The Lion King, including extensive experience staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring classic myths through ritualised puppetry, mask, and movement. The Lion King was the first musical she directed in the commercial theatre, and she made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award for ’Best Director of a Musical’.

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, with Julie Taymor and Michael Curry creating hundreds of masks and puppets.

The show has scenic design by leading British designer Richard Hudson, lighting by Donald Holder, costume design 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 of The Lion King. The original score from the animated film was expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers.

It means the Broadway score not only features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film but also three new songs by John and Rice; plus additional musical material 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, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.

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 Photo Gallery

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