The Lion King UK tour is back on the road in 2022 as The Lion King celebrates 20 years at the Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End.
The Lion King UK Tour is now paused due to COVID-19 and will resume as soon as possible. The tour has been modified and rescheduled with the latest tour dates shown below.
The stunning simplicity of The Lion King is the work of a team of designers which drew on diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna in this daring and inspiring reinvention of one of the most successful animated films of all time.
Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 global productions have now been seen by more than 95 million people.
The show’s full creative team, which won five Tony Awards® for its work on The Lion King, reunited in 1999 to recreate the show in London. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created hundreds of masks and puppets. Scenic design is by leading 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.
As well as 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. Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the animated film.
The Lion King will welcome new cast members from Belgium, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Nigeria, Saint Martin, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom and United States of America. The roles of Simba, Nala and Rafiki will be played by Dashaun Young, Josslynn Hlenti and Thandazile Soni respectively. The company will also include Steve Beirnaert, Matthew Forbes, Jean-Luc Guizonne, Richard Hurst, Alan McHale, Rebecca Omogbehin, Carl Sanderson, and Simon Trinder.
Also joining the cast include: Lwandolwethu Dennis Bam, Khanyisani Beato, Nigel Brown, Rushand Chambers, Tau-En Chien, Javier Cid, Jorrell Coiffic-Kamall, Tevin Daniel, Tim Driesen, Matthew Elliot-Campbell, Oraine Frater, Brian Gilligan, Daniel Griffith, Alicia Hayward, Zalika Henry, Caleaf Hensen, Olivia Jones, Melvin La Blanc, Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy, Zanele Mazibuko, Daniel De Jesus Mejia Garcia, Zanele Ndlovu, Buhle Nkomo, Brianna Ogunbawo, Paige Peddie, Tara Price, Charlotte Samaroo, Cristiane Santos De Jesus, Mamido Bomboko Souchu, Sherry Tay, Francesca Thompson, Connor Pele Williams, Maria Yim and Bukiwe Zinganto.
THE LION KING UK TOUR PHOTO GALLERY
The Lion King UK Tour Schedule was updated on 20 October 2021.
The Lyceum Theatre, London – Re-opening on 29 July 2021
THE LION KING LONDON TICKETS
23 December 2021 – 4 February 2022
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
17 February – 19 March 2022
24 March – 28 May 2022
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
7 July – 27 August 2022
Wales Millennium Centre, CARDIFF
8 September – 15 October 2022
Mayflower Theatre SOUTHAMPTON
27 October – 24 December 2022
Palace Theatre, MANCHESTER
A message from the Producers
In light of the recent Covid-19 developments in the UK, and with uncertainty as to when current restrictions are likely to be lifted, it is not yet possible for The Walt Disney Company and Ambassador Theatre Group to confirm the new opening date for The Lion King in Manchester.
The health and wellbeing of our audiences, cast, crew and theatre staff are paramount and we are all excited to see the production open at the Palace Theatre as soon as we are able to do so safely without current social distancing regulations. Therefore, we have taken the decision to hold communication about your new performance, to reassess our timeline, and to ensure we cause as little inconvenience as possible.
We are hopeful that we will be able to clarify the position by the end of February and would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience during this difficult period.
More tour venues to be announced.