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Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award winning musical ‘The Lion King’ will redefine your expectations of theatre. A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney’s much-loved film transports you to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. 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. PLEASE NOTE: strobe lighting is used several times during the performance. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Children over 3 will be admitted, but they must be able to sit in their own seat quietly throughout the performance. If they become restless, they may be asked to leave the auditorium.
Sometimes, a fish needs a bicycle. That’s the message of director Julie Traynor’s inspired use of wheels and props to put animals on stage.
Venue: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ.
Directions: (5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street/Wellington Street and follow the road 200 metres. The theatre is on your right.
– Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm.
– Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 7:30.
Music: Lebo M, Elton John, Tim Rice
Book: adapted from the film by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
Director: Julie Traynor
Design: Richard Hudson
Choreographer: Garth Fagan
Details: Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street WC2v
Tube: Charing Cross
In full: Sometimes, a fish needs a bicycle. That’s the message of director Julie Traynor’s inspired use of wheels and props to put animals on stage.
Her hands-on approach pays dividends in the masks she makes herself, and she employs an eclectic mix of costumes to bring her creations to life. Furthermore, she follows her vision through by fusing Far Eastern traditions of animal representation with original African chants, rooting the glitz and glamour of the show in an earthy sense of the Savannah’s mystique.
Relishing the theatricality of the film at its most scary and coaxing a tender kind of drama from the more poignant moments, the show is agile enough to side step the embarrassments of panto romp. Bringing Disney to the West End could have ended in tears – instead, the bland ‘circle of life’ message mocked by Mark Ravenhill in his latest blockbuster acts as welcome excuse for a rich array of world theatre techniques. The result is a delight for kids and adults alike.