Does The Lion King live up to our inner child’s expectations?

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The Lion King

No matter who you are or whether you like theatre or not, The Lion King is a must see. Everyone has watched the film at some point and whether you admit it or not, you probably cried! The Lion King is a film we grew up with. Maybe you watched it as a child. Maybe you watched it with your children. Perhaps even your grandchildren. It’s a real loveable film. I was skeptical of the show before going. The film was a classic, I wasn’t sure how they’d top it. Plus, the cast are all animals. How on earth were they going to pull that off?

Well let me tell you, they managed it.

Is it worth seeing?

Tickets for The Lion King are pricey because everyone is so keen to go. Not only are they pricey, but they’re fairly hard to come by. If you can get your hands on tickets though, it’s well worth a watch.

What makes the show so phenomenal is the creativity and immense effort that has been channeled into every aspect of it. The costumes are breathtaking. I think I spent more time admiring the costumes than I did watching the actual show. The cast were faultless from start to finish. The way their movements and costumes work together is beyond impressive. The make-up was equally staggering. I wasn’t sure how they would dress up as animals without the show seeming childish. Whilst it’s definitely suitable for children, it’s far from childish. I’m not a fan of puppetry but it worked so well. Everything about it felt magical and enchanting. Whilst the cast were great, the crew behind the scenes who deal with the creative side of things deserve endless awards.

The Disney classic will have you singing along and quite possibly crying along too. It is full of emotion and energy and I guarantee your inner child will be bought back to life. This is such a perfect West End show to watch as a family. Equally, I think just about anyone would enjoy it. There was probably more variety in this audience than I have experienced at any other show.

I admire the way Disney can take on the West End stage whilst maintaining it’s class and authenticity. It truly is breathtaking.

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Where can I see it?

The Lyceum Theatre is also beautiful and the atmosphere here was one of the best I’ve experienced. As with most West End theatres in London, the vibe around the theatre before and after is electric and you can’t help but feel on top of the world.

Where can I get tickets?

If you would like to go and experience The Lion King for yourself you can get tickets HERE. The Lion King is showing until October so you’ve got plenty of time to plan a trip.


Photos courtesy of the Lyceum Theatre