|Booking From:||Saturday, 25th March 2017|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 30th September 2017|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
|Age Restriction:||The Lion King is recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted into the theatre. All persons aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult and may not sit on their own within the auditorium. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.|
|Important Info:||PLEASE NOTE: strobe lighting is used several times during the performance. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Children over 3 will be admitted, but they must be able to sit in their own seat quietly throughout the performance. If they become restless, they may be asked to leave the auditorium.|
|Wed:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Sat:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
When a movie, either live action or animation, is transferred from the big screen to the stage, there has to be a valid artistic reason for doing so. What does the stage version do that the film does not? Why should an audience pay more to see a live stage version rather than buying or renting the movie on DVD or Blue-Ray? The Lion King delivers answers to those questions right from its breathtaking beginning to its rousing conclusion. Even though it has been running for well over a decade now, the show feels incredibly fresh and vibrant. It is so immersive that it is experienced as much as it is watched by an audience.
A young lion cub named Simba is to be the next King of the Jungle. The show opens with a spectacular ceremony to welcome the cub into the world. It features amazing scenery as well as life sized puppets of African elephants, Rhino’s and Giraffe’s. The story moves on as Simba’s father King Mufasa, is angered by his brother Scar’s absence at the ceremony. Scar’s jealousy is poisonous as he harbors ambitions of ruling the Kingdom in his own way (and is willing to consort with unlikely and underhanded allies in order to get what he wants). Simba is young, cocky and impatient. He is foolhardiness gets him into trouble and when tragedy strikes he needs the help of some unlikely friends to remind him of who he is if he is to take his place in the great circle of life.
There are few family musicals that will better than The Lion King. The story is timeless and the wonderful staging, puppetry, scenery and choreography are as good as anything in the West End. This was the piece that Director Julie Taymor really made her commercial name (perhaps she would do well to return to pieces with such a strong narrative and concept given the recent disaster that is Spiderman: Turn off the Dark). It also features Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar winning score (with a few welcome additions) it is great to hear songs such as Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel The Love Tonight being performed with a live orchestra and African chorus.
This piece will be going strong for a long time to come. I can’t recommend it more.
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