The Lion King, a classic Disney favourite, has been running in reimaged form in London’s Lyceum Theatre for fourteen years. Due to popular demand, the live show is now launching an Ireland and UK-wide tour.
The stage version of the Disney mega-hit has garnered enormous praise from eminent newspapers and prestigious glossies, with one Sunday Independent reviewer writing: “If you go to only one musical this lifetime, make sure it is this one.”
Julie Taymor, the show’s director, has been lauded for offering up a visually extravagant smorgasbord of colour and song, beautifully capturing the varied lands and wildlife of Africa’s Serengeti. With the aid of stunning props and fist-class choreography, the show has kept the spirit of the Disney epic well and truly alive.
As Lion King fans already know, the show revolves around the central character, Simba, as he grapples with the unjust death of his father, Mufasa, at the hands of his usurper uncle, Scar. Simba leaves the Pride Lands for years after the tragedy, encountering all sorts of loons and goons along the way, before a chance encounter one day with his puppy-love interest, Nala, who convinces him to return and reclaim his title.
Hilarity and thrilling tension ensue, as Simba negotiates the political landmines awaiting him at home, and as he battles against the attempts on his life by his power-hungry, murderous uncle.
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