Disney’s The Lion King brings the colourful world of African wildlife to London’s West End.
Recommended for children aged six and older, the musical tells the tale of lion cub Simba. When his evil uncle Scar tricks Simba, the young lion believes he has caused a terrible tragedy, so runs away. With the help of his friends Pumbaa and Timon, he learns that he must return to help his family and become the King of the Pridelands.
With music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, all your favourite songs from the film are in the musical. These include Circle Of Life, Can You Feel The Love Tonight and I Just Can’t Wait To Be King. New songs were also written especially for the stage production.
When Disney’s The Lion King first opened in London’s West End it made waves with its incredible costumes and puppetry. It was so impressive that it won two Olivier Awards in 2000 for costume design and choreography. It has been on of London theatre’s hottest tickets ever since.
Nicholas Afoa leads the cast of Disney’s The Lion King as Simba. Shaun Escoffery plays his father, Mufasa, with George Asprey as Scar. Brown Lindiwe Mkhize takes the role of Rafiki. Keith Bookman and Richard Frame play Simba’s worry free pals, Pumbaa and Timon. Janique Charles also stars in the role of Nala.
The New York Times said of Disney’s The Lion King: “There’s simply nothing else like it”. With its incredible puppetry depictions of wildlife, award-winning songs, heart-warming family story and sense of spectacle, it is hard to disagree.
Writer Anne Washburn
Direction Rupert Goold
Design Miriam Buether
Costume Design Fly Davis
Light Jack Knowles
Sound Paul Arditti
Video Luke Halls
Composition Max Perryment
Voice Brett Tyne
Costume Supervision Lisa Aitken
Casting Amy Ball
Associate Designer Joana Dias
Associate Video Designer Zakk Hein
Resident Director Caitlin McLeod