Is The Lion King Still A Roaring Success? – Review

WLion King Reviewe see if the award winning show of the beloved Disney classic, The Lion King continues to set the bar for London Musicals. Returning for its 17th year, can it be as breathtaking as it once was? 

The Lion King musical, based on the animated movie of the same name, tells of Simba the lion cub’s coming of age in the African Pridelands and his journey to become The Lion King. Simba is to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mufasa, but only after overcoming his evil uncle Scar. Scar tricks Simba into believing he caused his father’s death; Simba flees, but must return to the Pride to reclaim his birth right.

The Lyceum Theatre comes alive with colour, costumes, choreography, and most importantly an excellent musical score. The actors transport us to the heart of the Prideland, with the myriad of different animals presented to us through a combination of makeup, costumes and puppetry. Giraffes are actors on stilts, and a group crowned with grassy headdresses make a convincing  Savannah grasslands- it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

The music of the film has been reimagined by African composer Lebo M, in conjunction with Elton John and Tim Rice, returning to its African roots with drum beats and singing in Zulu. This brings alive the classic songs, such as ‘Circle of Life’ and ‘Hakuna Matata’, that we all know and love.

Characterisation isn’t lacking either, with the comedic duo of Simba’s friends, the meerkat Timon and Pumbaa, a warthog, bringing some light relief.

It’s hard to decide if the musical score or the visual feast are really the star of the show here, they both excel in their own right. It’s no surprise tickets are always in high demand for The Lion King, it’s one of those rare shows that delights young and old and gets better and better with every passing year. Go see it, again and again.

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