“Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi award-winning musical uses breath-taking masks and puppetry to create pure theatrical magic. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands”.
The Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland have announced that the award-winning musical ‘The Lion King’ will embark on a second UK and Ireland Tour.
‘The Lion King’ will open in Bristol in September 2019, before moving on to Edinburgh in December 2019. Further cities are to be announced.
The tour coincides with the show celebrating 20 years on the London stage. In celebration of this anniversary, the company will host a gala performance, perform at live events and on TV, and celebrate its many charity and outreach partnerships
Since opening on Broadway in 1997, where it received six Tony Awards – including Best Musical, Best Scenic Design (Richard Hudson), Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor), Best Lighting Design (Donald Holder), Best Choreography (Garth Fagan) and Best Direction of a Musical – 25 global productions have been seen by more than 95 million theatregoers, with nine productions currently running worldwide. Performed in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of ‘The Lion King’ can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo and Sapporo; Madrid; Scheveningen, Holland; Daegu, South Korea; and on tour across North America.
Having played over 100 cities in 20 countries, on every continent except Antarctica, ‘The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, musical, or any other entertainment in box office history. The show has made theatrical history, with six productions worldwide running 15 years or more.
‘The Lion King’ made in UK premiere at London’s Lyceum Theatre in 1999, winning two Olivier Awards (Best Choreography and Best Costume Design) and the Evening Standard Award for ‘Theatrical Event of the Year’. The production’s first UK and Ireland tour, which ran from 2012 to 2015, broke attendance records across the nation.
The show remains the West End’s best-selling stage production, and sixth longest-running West End musical, of all time – one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.
The stunning simplicity of ‘The Lion King’ 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 films of all time.
Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, with direction from Julie Taymor (who made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical), the show features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, additional musical material by South African composer Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer, choreography by Garth Fagan, scenic design by leading British designer Richard Hudson, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, costume design by Julie Taymor, mask and puppet design by Michael Curry and Julie Taymor, and hair and makeup design by Michael Ward. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed ‘The Lion King’ animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the film’s screenplay. Together, the show’s creative team has won five Tony Awards for its work on ‘The Lion King’.
“With a cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers, the story of ‘The Lion King’ is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba’s epic adventures as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king”.