The West End production of the hit musical has so far been seen by an incredible 12 million theatregoers and celebrated its 15th anniversary at the West End venue in October last year while global income from the show has been said to exceed that of any film or entertainment title in box office history. The Lion King is currently the sixth longest running musical in the history of West End theatre, and recently embarked on a successful tour of the UK which has been seen so far by over 1.8 million people. The show has also to date been showcased in 19 different countries throughout six continents.
The show is based on the animated Walt Disney movie of the same name following the fortunes of Simba the young lion prince whose birth results in his uncle Scar being pushed back to second in line to the throne. The evil Scar both plots and takes action to dispose of young Simba and his father Mufasa, to make himself king. Although Simba survives he is led to believe that his father died because of him and he decides to flee the kingdom. After almost dying from exhaustion himself Simba is found and rescued by the unlikely pairing of Timon - a Meercat and Pumbaa - a Wharthog who nurse him back to health and the three of them go off to live a carefree existence in the jungle under the banner of 'Hakuna Matata' (meaning no worries in Swahili) until Simba grows up. However, after seeing a vision of his father who tells him he must go back to the Pride Lands and reclaim his kingdom, Simba realises that he can no longer run from his past and joined with Timon and Pumbaa decides to go home to fight for his birth right.
The Lion King has a book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, and songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice, along with some additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The show is directed by Julie Taymor, designed by Richard Hudson, with lighting by Donald Holder and choreography by Garth Fagan.
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