NEWS: Gala Performance of The Lion King Announced to Mark 20th Anniversary in West End

The gala performance will take place at the Lyceum Theatre on the 19th October.

On the 19th October, The Lion King will celebrate its 20th anniversary in the West End with a special gala performance in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music. Tickets are on sale now.

Since its premiere at the Lyceum Theatre in 1999, Disney’s The Lion King has welcomed over 16 million theatregoers and is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

To coincide with the twentieth anniversary, the musical will also be embarking on its second UK and Ireland tour, opening at The Bristol Hippodrome on 7th September, before moving on to the Edinburgh Playhouse from 5th December 2019. The production will also tour to Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff from 9th July 2020 with further dates will be announced in due course.  

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King uses breathtaking theatrical magic to tell the story of Simba’s epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

Directed by Julie Taymor, the cast for The Lion King includes: George Asprey as Scar, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki, Gary Jordan as Zazu, Ben Heathcote as Timon, Keith Bookman as Pumbaa, Nick Afoa as Simba and Janique Charles as Nala.

The musical also features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Other members of the creative team include a book co-written by Irene Mecchi and Roger Allers, choreography by Garth Fagan, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and hair and make up design by Michael Ward.

The Lion King continues to play at the Lyceum Theatre. To book tickets click here or visit: Love, Encore Tickets, See Tickets, From the Box Office, Theatre Tickets, Last, ATG Tickets and West End Theatre Breaks.

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