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Three West End Musicals Extend

Wednesday, 9th Oct 2013

The Lion King, Thriller and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Add New Dates in the Capital

Three of the capital’s biggest musicals are adding new dates to their respective runs in the capital, with The Lion King extending to July 2014, Thriller extending to September 2014 and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory adding new performances up to November 2014.

The Lion King is one of the most popular musicals in the capital and has been since it opened at the Lyceum Theatre, where it remains to this day, in 1999. Based on the 1994 movie of the same name it follows Simba the Lion Cub from birth to his rise to the throne of the Pride Land. Nurtured by his father King Mufasa he learns about the world around him, but when Mufasa is killed at the hands of Uncle Scar he flees his home fearing that he is responsible.  Many years later Simba returns to face Scar once and for all.

The popular production, which is in its 14th year, is now taking bookings at the Lyceum Theatre that offer performances up to Sunday 20th July 2014.

Thriller, meanwhile, is a different type of musical in that it chronicles the career of the late Michael Jackson rather than adapting a Disney movie. Thriller Live is a jukebox musical that not only gives us the chance to hear live renditions of the King of Pop’s back catalogue, but also gives us a chance to celebrate the iconic performer. Hits include Jackson Five numbers such as ABC and solo hits like Earth Song, Thriller, Black Or White, Bad and Billie Jean, among others.

The show opened at the Lyric Theatre in January 2009 and this means that the current booking period takes it into its sixth year in the capital as it continues to Sunday 28th September 2014.

Finally, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory stands out from both The Lion King and Thriller Live as it is a recent addition to the West End landscape. Directed by Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes, the production is a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book of the same name and opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane earlier this year. It tells the story of a young boy who wins a golden ticket to visit the chocolate factory run by the eccentric Willy Wonka, seeing many colourful sights along the way.

The production is set to continue at its home of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane until at least Saturday 1st November 2014.

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