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Director: Julie Taymor; Written by: Irene Mecchi, Roger Allers; Cast: (the cast may change on different dates) George Asprey, Shaun Escoffery, Gugwana Dlamini, Gary Jordan, Ben Heathcote, Keith Bookman, Nick Afoa, Janique Charles, Melone M'kenzy, David Blake, Barnaby Thompson, Ta'niyah Fearon-Telfer, Theo Grant, Ikechukwudi Machie, Tia Murrell, Tia Murrell, Kai Plummer-Walrond, Hugo Max Woodhouse, Nia-May Taylor; Music and lyrics: Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Mark Mancina
If you've seen the Oscar-winning animated Disney movie then the West End version of "The Lion King" won't disappoint.
Set in the majesty of the Serengeti Plains, it tells the story of the young cub Simba and his adventures in the jungle, as he turns from a wide-eyed cub into King of the Pridelands.
The sets and huge puppet heads of the jungle animals are spectacular, and the songs by Elton John and Tim Rice are great. A real treat for your kids.
Daily Mail – "One of the most joyous and spectacular musicals in years!" Evening Standard – "It lights up the West End with a blaze of fabulous imagination" Sunday Telegraph – "An undisputable triumph... superlative entertainment; puts most other mega-musicals in the shade" Sunday Times – "This is a wonderful, wonderful musical: thrilling, warm-hearted, inventive and original... The Lion King will touch a deep chord in everybody"
queenie – “I hadn't seen the film before I went but I knew it won oscars so i was expecting the show to be good. I thought the costumes were brilliant! I was wondering how they were going to do the animals. I had visions of all the actors running around in furry animal suits, but they way that they have done it is brilliant. The sets really look amazing too. But unfortunately that is the end of the list of good things. The acting, singing and dancing just doesn't live up to the sets and costumes. I feel terrible saying that, because some of the actors in important roles were just children, but I have seen lots of amazing child performers in musicals, and these ones just didn't stand out for me. I have never been a fan of Elton John so I was expecting not to like the songs much, but they were actually ok. The problem was with the people singing them. I feel reallybad saying that, but it's true! I know that the cast list on these kinds of shows changes quite frequently, so maybe when other people”
pearlyqueen – “I loved this show so much and everything was fantastic, from the costumes and dances to the acting and singing. It is a really exciting show and you know it from the moment all the animals charge down the aisles beside you up onto the stage, like a jungle stampede! My child literally jumped out of his skin because the actors seem huge with the great big animal heads. The dont just have animal costumes on, like you would imagine, with their faces where the animal faces would be, but they actually have huge theatrical heads like hats, so they have double faces -- a bit hard to explain, but it works! Because its a Disney movie you know that it is going to be a bit sentimental with a happy ending, but i actually got a bit emotional too and choked up! and that is not really like me. I think it was just the atmosphere of the show that you get drawn into it. It's well worth going to!”
Les Miserables, at the Queen’s Theatre – 1 Jan 2002 to 2 Mar 2019 – "Les Miserables" is an epic tale of passion and destruction, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.
Spend a night with ‘The Woman in Black’ – 1 Jan 2002 to 27 Jul 2019 – A man is obsessed with a family curse and hires a sceptical young actor to help him exorcise the fear that grips his soul.
The Phantom of the Opera – 9 Jan 2002 to 2 Mar 2019 – The Phantom of the Opera has some of the best sets in the West End, and one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's finest scores.
The Mousetrap – Agatha Christie crime thriller – 1 Jul 2003 to 30 Mar 2019 – Agatha Christie's murder mystery crime thriller has been running in the West End for nearly 60 years.
Wicked — Untold story of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – 7 Sep 2006 to 30 Nov 2019 – If you like "The Wizard of Oz" then you will love "Wicked" -- it tells the story of what happened to the good and evil witches.
Thriller — with the songs of Michael Jackson – 2 Jan 2009 to 7 Apr 2019 – Thriller celebrates Michael's career in a spectacular show filled with songs and dazzling dance moves.
Roald Dahl’s Matilda — The Musical – 18 Oct 2011 to 24 May 2020 – Roald Dahl's "Matilda" tells the story of a child who rebels against the grown-ups when she discovers her amazing powers.
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