The Lion King – Musical is a stupendous adaptation of the 1994 Academy Award-winning animated film of the same name. The brilliant musical was adapted in 1997 for Broadway and the show opened in the United Kingdom in 1999 at the Lyceum Theatre where it has been running successfully for 19 years.
The spectacle is set against the majesty of the Serengti Plains, Africa and narrates a powerful tale of Simba and his journey from a cub to the rightful King of the Pridelands. The captivating heart warming story with multiple awards will redefine your vision of theatrical experience as it explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music by the legendary Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice and a musical score created by Hans Zimmer.
Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical begins with Rafiki the mandrill gathering the animals to Pride Rock to introduce the baby cub, Simba belonging to King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi. Elsewhere, Mufasa's brother, Scar laments his lost chance at becoming King. As Simba grows into a lively young cub, Mufasa shows Simba the Pride Lands from the top of Pride Rock and explains that everything exists in a delicate balance known as the Circle of Life. Mufasa warns Simba not to stray beyond the boundaries of the Pride Lands, pointing out a shadowy area in the distance.
Simba goes to see his Uncle Scar who schemes and piques the cub's curiosity by mentioning the elephant graveyard, where Simba is forbidden to go. Simba decides to go the elephant graveyard with his best friend, Nala. As the cubs reach the graveyard and begin exploring, three hyenas surround them waiting to attack only to be frightened away by Mufasa.
Mufasa is disappointed and angry at Simba's reckless disobedience. Back at the elephant graveyard, Scar concocts a plan to kill Mufasa and Simba so that he can become king. He raises an army of hyenas and through deviousness and treachery manages to get Mustafa killed in a wildebeest stampede as he was trying to save Simba. Scar convinces Simba that his father's death was his fault and tells him to run away ordering the hyenas to kill him. Simba escapes but the hyenas tell Scar that he is dead. Everyone mourns the deaths. Out in the desert, Simba collapses and is rescued by Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog who take him under their wings in the jungle where he grows into adulthood.
Under Scar's rule, the Circle of Life is out of balance and a drought has hit the Pride Lands. Nala arrives to confront Scar about the famine and Scar decides she will be his queen and give him cubs. Nala fiercely rebukes him and resolves to leave the Pride Lands to find help.
In the jungle, Pumbaa is hunted and chased by a lioness, Nala. Simba confronts her to save his friend and recognizes the lioness as Nala. She is amazed to find Simba alive and tells him about the devastated Pride Lands, but Simba still feels responsible for Mufasa's death and refuses to return home.
Simba meets Rafiki who reawakens Simba’s courage and he heads for home along with Nala, Timon and Pumba, where he witnesses the ruin of his home. Simba reveals himself to Scar and forces a confession of murder from him. As they battle, Scar begs for his life, blaming the hyenas for everything. Simba lets him leave out of mercy, but Scar attacks again. Simba blocks the attack and Scar falls from the cliff. The hyenas, who heard Scar's betrayal tear him to shreds.
With the battle won, Simba's becomes the rightful king and ascends Pride Rock. The Pride Land recovers and the animals gather in celebration as Rafiki presents Simba and Nala's newborn cub, continuing the Circle of Life.
Until 01 June 2019
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Interesting Facts About the Lion King – The Musical
How to get to the Lyceum Theatre
The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern Line) and Covent Garden (Piccadilly line). Other stations are Temple Station and Embankment Station.
The nearest rail station to the Lyceum is Charing Cross. From Charing Cross Rail Station, cross the road at the traffic lights and turn right along The Strand. Once you reach the Aldwych junction, the Lyceum is an immediate left.
For buses to Aldwych use: RV1, X68, 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243
For buses to the Strand use: 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 91, 139, 176, 34