Disney’s The Lion King has become one of the most iconic Disney films we have ever seen, with it’s stage adaption following suit and becoming one of the most beloved theatre productions of the 21st century, and there are plenty of reasons why. With too many to choose from we’re going to explore just 5, so let’s see if you’re seeing visions of the Savannah by the end…
1. It’s a childhood masterpiece
I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who didn’t grow up watching this on their TVs, it’s a story that we all know well and love dearly. The stage adaptation has brought another level of maturity and sophistication, a chance to experience it in a new way.
2. It has an unforgettable soundtrack
Is it even possible to grow up and not know ‘Hakuna Matata’ or ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’? Even saying that I’m missing out on the equally iconic ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Be King’ and ‘Circle of Life’. These songs formed part of the soundtrack of my childhood as it did for many others, a perfect blend of Elton John and Tim Rice culminating in pop culture hits that will never go out of fashion. So why miss out on seeing them sung live by unbelievably talented performers?
3. The costume and staging are beautiful
At first, the idea of The Lion King being performed live can seem strange – how on earth will human actors portray animals? The answer is innovative costume and set design. Having already won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design, the characters seem real, the stage looks like the Savannah, and we’re no longer in England. Through clever staging, lighting and costumes, they’ve spared no effort to transport us into the heartland of Africa.
4. It introduces the wonder of theatre to children
I can admit that as a child theatre didn’t seem interesting to me; it was an adults event and not for children. But a story like The Lion King is for everyone, which is one of the key reasons why you should see it. Whether you’re old or young, we all enjoy Simba’s quest to find himself and save the animal kingdom, and for children it can open their eyes to the magic and realness theatre breathes into their favourite stories.
5. The numbers don’t lie
If you can’t quite make your mind up, maybe some hard facts will push you over the edge: more than 85 million people have seen it worldwide, across every continent bar one, in eight different languages, and with one ticket sold every 40 seconds in London. That many people can’t be wrong, can they?
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