Since its debut in 1997, Disney’s The Lion King musical has been a roaring success. It’s one of the longest-running shows in recent theatre history, one of our favourites too, but we were slightly worried we would never have the chance to see the majesty of the Serengeti again. The beloved production’s 2020 UK tour was initially postponed as a result of the pandemic. But at last, tonight (June 6), The Lion King returns to Birmingham.
Telling the famous story of Simba and his journey to Pride Rock in a whole new way, the show is made up of over 50 actors, dancers and singers, who’ll be taking to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome up until September 2023. Expect the evocative rhythms of Africa and the majestic songwriting talents of Elton John to fill your heart with joy. I just can’t wait… to be king!
Set against the production’s unique backdrop of the Serengeti Plains, the show has racked up a whole host of rave reviews over the decades, with the likes of the New York Times and Time Magazine, to name a few, singing the production’s praises. Director Julie Taymor uses breathtaking theatrical magic to bring Disney’s beloved animated feature to life. It’s every bit as amazing as the 1994 movie, just with added dazzling dance moves and extraordinarily colourful costumes.
Since debuting back in 1997, the show has been awarded numerous awards – including six Tony’s in just one year, with over 100 million people worldwide flocking to the theatres to see the show. While many of the tickets are already (unsurprisingly) sold out, there’s still some left to snatch up. Giving Brummies something special and exciting in the city that the whole family can enjoy.
To find out more and book tickets, head here. The Lion King will be performing at Birmingham Hippodrome from July 6 until September 16, 2023.