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Disney’s The Lion King UK and Ireland Tour Announces More Venues

The Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland have announced further venues for Disney’s THE LION KING UK and Ireland Tour.

Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London. Photo Johan Persson.
Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London. Photo Johan Persson.

The internationally acclaimed production will come to Sunderland Empire from Thursday 16th March to Saturday 6th May and Birmingham Hippodrome from Thursday 6th July to Saturday 16th September 2023.

Disney’s THE LION KING UK & Ireland Tour is currently at the Southampton Mayflower until 15 October before opening a season at the Manchester Palace starting on 27 October.

Priority tickets for both Sunderland Empire and Birmingham Hippodrome will be available from 11am Tuesday 11 October. The general sale will begin 10am on Friday 14 October. For more information about priority sign ups please visit: thelionking.co.uk/tour

The story of THE LION KING leaps into life using spectacular masks, puppets and costumes to tell the story of Simba’s epic adventures, as he struggles with the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king.

Julie Taymor’s internationally celebrated stage adaptation of THE LION KING opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 global productions in nine different languages have been created since then (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese). THE LION KING is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher.

The previous tour of THE LION KING broke attendance records across the nation. Since the UK premiere in 1999, THE LION KING London has entertained more than 16 million theatregoers and is the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

The stunning artistry of the production is the work of a team of designers which drew on diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna in this daring and inspiring reinvention of one of the most successful animated feature films of all time.

Julie Taymor, one of the world’s most innovative directors, brought a vast array of disciplines to THE LION KING, including extensive experience staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring classic myths through ritualised puppetry, mask, and movement. The Lion King was the first musical Taymor directed in the commercial theatre and she made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for Best Director of a Musical.

The Broadway show’s full creative team, which won five Tony Awards® for its work on THE LION KING, reunited in 1999 to recreate the show in London. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created hundreds of masks and puppets.

Scenic design is by British designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Donald Holder. Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay.

The original score from the animated film was expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers. As well as writing completely new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an evocative blend of African rhythms and chorales, with additional material by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina.

Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the animated film. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, including the Academy Award®-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight and the haunting Shadowland.

Listings
The Lion King UK & Ireland Tour

Manchester Palace Theatre
Currently playing until Saturday 11 March

Sunderland Empire
Thursday 16th March to Saturday 6th May 2023

Bristol Hippodrome
Thursday 18 May – Saturday 1 July 2023

Birmingham Hippodrome
Thursday 6 July – Saturday 16 September 2023

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