BritishTheatre.com can reveal that The Lion King is to open is a specially built 2000 seat ice theatre in Antarctica. The show which will open on 1st April 2019 will be the first piece of theatre to be presented on the seventh continent. For those who thought Frozen on Broadway was an achievement – all we can say is you ain’t seen nothing yet! In its 20th year, The Lion King continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. Since its Broadway premiere on November 13, 1997, 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), The Lion King is the only show in history to generate six productions worldwide running 15 or more years. Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of Lion King can … Read more
Based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name, The Lion King features music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, musical score by Hans Zimmer and choral arrangements by Lebo M. Under the direction of visionary director Julie Taymor, who combined puppetry, with ground-breaking stagecraft, The Lion King soon became of the most popular stage musicals around the world. Opening on Broadway in 1997, it is now Broadway’s third-longest running show in history and the highest grossing Broadway production of all time. The London production opening in 1999 and is still running. The show became the highest earning show in box-office history for both stage and film in 2014 when it surpassed The Phantom Of The Opera. The Broadway Production of The Lion King won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical and 8 Drama Desk Awards. Productions of The Lion King have now been seen across the … Read more
New Zealander Nicholas Afoa has just joined the London cast of Disney’s The Lion King. Nicholas had a promising career as a rugby player until a sporting injury turned his focus to his love of musical theatre. Nearly a decade later, the 29 year old was chosen from over four hundred hopefuls to play the role of Simba in the Australian production of The Lion King in 2013. This month, Nicholas joins the London cast of The Lion King, it marks his second ever theatre role and his first visit to London. Welcome Nicholas! BOOK NOW FOR THE LION KING AT THE LYCEUM THEATRE
As the lights go down, and Rafiki begins summoning the animals to Pride Rock, it becomes obvious that Director Julie Taymor has created the greatest opening for any musical EVER! You can’t help but get goosebumps on your goosebumps as The Circle Of Life transports you to the African heartlands. There is an amazing majesty in the staging of this number that I doubt will be equalled any time soon.