Extensions for The Lion King and Thriller Live
Once again we turn our attentions to shows that are extending in the West End, this time focusing on two long-running and popular musicals that have already extended on multiple occasions throughout their tenures in the capital.
The Lion King is one of the most popular musicals in the capital and this is demonstrated by the recent opening of another Disney adaptation in the form of Aladdin The Musical, which now runs at the Prince Edward Theatre. Both stories formed a part of the so-called ‘Disney Renaissance’, which saw the release of many hit films towards the end of the last century.
Just like its big screen counterpart, the stage version of The Lion King follows Simba the Lion Cub as he grows up in The Pride Land under the watchful eye of his father King Mufasa. But when the latter is killed at the hands of Simba’s Uncle Scar, the young cub is forced into exile, only returning to the Pride Land as an adult to put Scar in his place once and for all.
Along the way numerous musical numbers will take audiences back to the original film, which was released in cinemas in 1994.
The production continues at the Lyceum Theatre and, thanks to the new extension, is now booking for performances up to Sunday 1st October 2017.
Meanwhile, Thriller Live has been running at the Lyric Theatre since 2009, opening there only a few months before the death of the show’s focus Michael Jackson. What started as a celebration of an ongoing career was retooled to consider his death and has since become one of the most popular locations for Jackson fans to celebrate the work of the late King of Pop.
The show features performances of many of his hit songs, chronicling his career from the Jackson 5 right through to his later solo releases, from ABC to Earth Songs, amongst others.
The production extends at the Lyric Theatre and is now booking there for performances up to Sunday 1st April 2018.