Age Restriction: The Lion King is recommended for children aged 6 and over. Under 3s will not be admitted.
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.
Another smash hit from the Disney family! The Lion King is classic family entertainment which will delight audiences everywhere and as it features an array of talented people working on the stage and behind the scenes, you can be sure of a great time!
The Lion King was a highly successful animated film, made in 1994 by the Disney studios. It tells the story of a young lion cub called Simba and his journey to adulthood. Along the way he learns about personal responsibility, pride, trust and growing up in general. Using puppets, masks, lavish sets and a strong cast of human actors, The Lion King musical has adapted the film into a simply thrilling stage version.
The 40 strong cast includes dancers, actors and singers who interpret the work of a team of designers to perfection. They have been inspired by the culture, landscape and richness of the African landscape.
This musical is set on the plains of Africa, on the wide open savannah. It opens at sunrise on the savannah and the birth of Simba; the newborn son of wise old lion king Mufasa and his lioness queen, Sarabi. Simba is next in line to the throne but this angers Mufasa’s brother Scar who is both greedy and ambitious and he immediately takes a dislike to the young prince. Scar then starts to think of a way of disposing of both Simba and Mufasa and seize the throne for himself.
Time has passed and Simba is now a young and rather cocky cub. His father shows him their kingdom called the ‘Pridelands’ and states that he must not venture outside of this domain. He also stresses that all animals live together in a harmonious balance called ‘the circle of life’ and this must not be disturbed.
Simba is reckless and impulsive and acts without thought for anyone else. He puts his best friend, Nala in danger and is reprimanded by his father who is disappointed by Simba’s thoughtlessness. Mufasa is concerned by Simba’s behaviour and confides in his trusty counsellor, Zazu who reminds the king of his own impetuous youth.
Meanwhile, the treacherous Scar lures Simba to the Gorge where he has planned a surprise. As Simba enters the gorge, Scar instructs a group of hyenas to startle a herd of wildebeest. These do so and Simba is nearly trampled to death but for the timely intervention of his father, Mufasa. In doing so, he ends up clinging to the side of a cliff and appeals to his brother, Scar for help. However, Scar digs his claws into Mufasa’s arms which sends him tumbling down the cliff and into the path of the wildebeest. Mufasa is then trampled to death.
Simba then finds the body of his father. Scar tells Simba that he caused his death and banishes him from the Pridelands. He then orders three of the hyenas to kill Simba but they refuse to do so and let Simba go. They decide to keep this a secret from Scar.
Back in the kingdom, Sarabi and the others believe that both Simba and Musafa are dead. Scar assumes the throne and in his lust for power has begins a rule which upsets the balance of the ‘circle of life’. Simba meanwhile has fled into the desert and nearly falls prey to a group of buzzards circling overhead but is saved by Timon and Pumbaa, a street smart meerkat and a warm-hearted warthog. They become Simba’s friends and all three decide to live in the jungle.
Time has passed and Simba is now a young lion. In the Pridelands, Scar’s rule has turned the kingdom from one of prosperity into one of desolation. Scar has become even greedier for power and decides to attain immortality by having children. He is attracted to Nala, Simba’s playmate who has now grown up and has become an attractive young lioness. Scar tries to force himself on her but Nala escapes and flees into the jungle.
In the jungle, Simba is still irresponsible and in an act of reckless behaviour, places his friend Timon in danger. He manages to rescue him but feels ashamed of his behaviour and realises that he still has some growing up to do.
Pumbaa appears who is being chased by a lioness who turns out to be none other than Simba’s childhood friend, Nala. She informs Timon and Pumbaa of their friend’s royal parentage. She and Simba also realise the depth of their attraction for one another. She tries to persuade Simba to return to the Pridelands and take his rightful place on the throne but Simba is still haunted by the death of his father and refuses.
However, a vision of his father, Mufasa appears and he tells Simba about the importance of the ‘circle of life’ and his role in its continuing existence. Simba realises that he has to grow up and face his responsibilities and so returns to the Pridelands where the story continues .....
Did you know?
• The cast currently includes Jonathan Andrew Hume as Simba (with Raphael Higgins-Humes as Young Simba), Ava Brennan as Nala (with Indie Gjesdal as Young Nala), George Asprey as Scar, Keith Bookman as Pumba, amongst others (correct as of February 2016).
• The original Disney animated movie was released during a period known as the Disney Renaissance, which saw a resurgence in popularity for the animated films released by the studio. Other hits included The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin.
• The Lion King isn’t the only well known Disney film to be granted a stage musical adaptation. There have been stage versions of The Little Mermaid and Beauty And The Beast, whilst an Aladdin stage musical opens in the West End in 2016.
• The Broadway version won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1998, whilst the West End version was nominated in the same category for a Laurence Olivier Award.
• Musical numbers include Circle Of Life, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and Hakuna Matata, amongst others.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 3rd May 2016|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 2nd October 2016|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
|Age Restriction:||The Lion King is recommended for children aged 6 and over. Under 3s will not be admitted.|
|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|
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