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Disney’s The Lion King releases new video trailer ahead of the musical’s 20th anniversary in the West End

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As Disney’s THE LION KING prepares to enter its 20th anniversary in the West End in 2019, a brand-new video trailer has been released showcasing the enormity, vibrancy and beauty of Julie Taymor’s outstanding design and direction.

Disney’s THE LION KING at the Lyceum Theatre is now booking until 1 June 2019 for individuals and 29 September 2019 for Groups.

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 19th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 15 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

After 20 landmark years on Broadway, THE LION KING continues ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world.  Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions have been seen by more than 95 million people.  Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions (under the direction of Thomas Schumacher), THE LION KING has made theatrical history with six productions worldwide running 15 or more years.  Performed in eight different languages (Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese), productions of THE LION KING can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; Scheveningen; Singapore; and on tour across North America and Japan, for a total of nine productions running concurrently across the globe.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Disney’s THE LION KING
Lyceum Theatre
21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ

Box Office number: 0844 871 3000
www.thelionking.co.uk

Booking until 29 September 2019

THE LION KING plays Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.  There is no performance on a Monday evening.

Disney’s The Lion King announced next dedicated Relaxed Performance

The Lion King

Disney’s hit West End musical THE LION KING has today announced that it will hold a dedicated Relaxed Performance on Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 1:30pm. Tickets are now on sale.

Disney’s THE LION KING is committed to creating a friendly and inclusive audience experience at the Lyceum Theatre, London. Having hosted its fifth Autism-Friendly Performance in London in June 2018, the landmark musical is delighted to be presenting a Relaxed Performance for 2019. Relaxed performances are specially adapted to be accessible to a wide range of audiences such as those with autism, those with a learning disability or anyone with a sensory predisposition, with extra trained staff on hand and dedicated quiet areas inside the theatre should anyone need to leave their seat. All patrons who feel this performance might suit their specific needs are warmly encouraged to attend.

Audience members can find out more information and purchase tickets at https://thelionking.co.uk/relaxedperformances/. Tickets are sold at a specially reduced rate and can be selected on a virtual map of the auditorium.

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 19th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 15 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ welcomes new cast members, includes Janique Charles as ‘Nala’ and Gary Jordan as ‘Zazu’

'The Embrace' - Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 ©Disney

‘The Embrace’ – Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 ©Disney

Today, the London production of THE LION KING welcomes 11 new cast members, including Janique Charles, Gary Jordan and Dominique Planter who take over the principal roles of ‘Nala’, ‘Zazu’ and ‘Shenzi’ respectively. Now in its 18th triumphant year, over 14 million people have seen Disney’s award-winning musical at the Lyceum Theatre.

THE LION KING marks Janique Charles’ West End debut. Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Janique moved to London to join the UK touring cast of THE LION KING in 2013. A rising star, she has travelled extensively and brings her experiences to her role as Nala. She joined the London production of THE LION KING in May 2016 as part of the ensemble cast, but she now steps up to play the principal role of Nala.

Gary Jordan has performed in London’s West End in Grease (Victoria Palace), Anyone Can Whistle (Savoy) and in the UK tours of High Society and Playdays Live. Gary is also a pianist and musical director.

Dominique Planter has been a swing in the THE LION KING since 2016, this marks her West End debut in a principal role.

THE LION KING also welcomes new cast members from The Philippines, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the UK: Lila Anderson, Owen Chaponda, Deborah Dada, Debôrah Godchaser, Brian James Leys, Nathan Louis-Fernand, Nonhlanhla Makthathini, Rutendo Mushonga, Luciano Santos Souza and Karlene Wray.

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They join a uniquely international company, which already includes performers from 11 countries around the world. The company is led by George Asprey as Scar, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki, Richard Frame as Timon, Keith Bookman as Pumbaa, Nick Afoa as Simba, David Blake as Banzai and Mack McGee as Ed.

'Can You You Feel The Love Tonight' - Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 ©Disney

‘Can You You Feel The Love Tonight’ – Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 ©Disney

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 18th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 14 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. Tickets are currently on sale until 25th May 2018 for Groups.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved animation film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by more than 90 million people across six continents. Ten productions are running concurrently around the globe. In addition to the record-breaking production in London and New York, THE LION KING can currently be seen in Hamburg, Madrid, Scheveningen (The Netherlands), Shanghai, Tokyo, Sapporo, Mexico City and across North America.

THE LION KING is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Disney’s The Lion King Announces Next Dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance for June 2017

Disney UK today announced that its production of THE LION KING will hold a dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance on Sunday 4 June 2017 at 1:30pm. This follows the success of previous such performances designed to make the show more accessible for those affected by autism. In line with the announcement they have released a short video here looking at how the Autism-Friendly Performance is created. Tickets are now on sale.

The Lion King

The Lion King

Disney’s THE LION KING staged the West End’s first dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance in April 2013, working closely with The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. THE LION KING has now staged three such performances in London and one in Edinburgh during the show’s UK tour.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, including an estimated 700,000 people in the UK. Although everyone on the autism spectrum is different, people may be under or oversensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours, which can make everyday life extremely challenging. They can also find social situations and unexpected changes a challenge, which can sometimes lead to extreme levels of anxiety.

Understandably, a visit to a musical on the scale of THE LION KING in London’s busiest theatre could prove an overwhelming experience for a significant number of people in the UK who are autistic.

These dedicated Autism-Friendly Performances of THE LION KING include modifications to the booking process, performance and the theatre environment, including:

  • The theatre’s foyer includes designated quiet and activity areas; staffed by experts in autism throughout the performance should anyone need to leave their seats
  • Slight adjustments are made to the performance itself, including the reduction of jarring sounds or strobe lighting that face the audience
  • The cast of THE LION KING along with Lyceum Theatre box office and front of house staff have been given training to understand the needs of an audience made up of adults and children who are autistic
  • A specific website has been set up for this performance, linking to a dedicated booking page. The website includes a downloadable ‘visual story’ to help people with autism understand the process of a visit to the theatre, thus aiding their comprehension of the experience and reducing anxiety by explaining each step from arriving in the foyer to the final curtain call

Audience members can find out more information and purchase tickets at www.lionkingautismfriendly.co.uk.  Tickets are sold at a specially reduced rate and can be selected on a virtual map of the auditorium.

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 18th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 13 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.Tickets are currently on sale until 30th April 2017 for individuals and 1st October 2017 for groups.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by more than 85 million people across six continents. Nine productions are running concurrently around the globe. In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, The Lion King can currently be seen in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo, Mexico City, Shanghai, Scheveningen and on tour across North America.

Meet the cast and crew of Disney’s The Lion King, versatility, athleticism and diversity at its best!

Ahead of a summer of international sporting activity, Disney’s THE LION KING has released a series of short films showcasing the athletic diversity and prowess of their West End cast and crew.
The films, which focus on performers in the award-winning musical with a range of talents and fitness regimes, feature everything from yoga, high intensity training, gymnastics and circus skills to classical and contemporary dance and skateboarding. They highlight the athletic level of physical training required to perform eight shows a week in one of the West End’s biggest productions.

The initial three videos, released today, give an insight into the daily training routines and techniques undertaken by some of the cast and crew in order to remain healthy and focused for the West End show. The aspirational films build on Disney’s ongoing global commitment to inspire healthier and more active lifestyles.

Gabriel Brasilio
Dancer and acrobat Gabriel Brasilio trained as a gymnast from the age of 10 and was a former member of a Brazilian circus troupe before joining THE LION KING. Gabriel follows a strict workout routine to ensure he maintains his strength and athletic abilities, which are integral to his gymnastic skills. This has taken him years to master and now plays an important part in his performance in the show. In addition to his personal training regime he attends weekly dance classes with all the show’s ensemble dancers.

Yolanda Burke
Ensemble dancer Yolanda Burke has recently qualified as a personal trainer; her daily routine combines high intensity training and strength work with yoga and jogging. Core strength and stamina are key to help her perform the complex, high energy dance numbers in show. Yoga has played an important role in helping Yolanda to perform with power, elegance, grace and control, in her role as a lioness.

Joshua Opokua
Stage Technician Joshua Opokua skateboards into work every day, keeping him fit for behind-the-scenes work moving and repairing set at the theatre. The teamwork and sense of community in skateboarding prepare him for working with peers within the fast paced environment backstage at the production.

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 17th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 13 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. Tickets are currently on sale until Sunday 26th February 2017 for individuals and 4th June 2017 for Groups.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by more than 80 million people across six continents. Eight productions are running concurrently around the globe. In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, The Lion King can currently be seen in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo, Mexico City; and on tour across North America and Japan.

THE LION KING is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Press & Listings Information

Disney’s THE LION KING
Lyceum Theatre
21 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7RQ

Box Office number: 0844 871 3000
www.thelionking.co.uk

THE LION KING plays Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm.
There is no performance on a Monday evening.