Lion King prowls into Bristol

THE Disney production of The Lion King moves back into Bristol Hippodrome from Saturday 7th Septem­ber, running until Saturday 23rd November.

After its successful run in 2012, the Hippodrome is look­ing forward to attracting new audiences as well as those wanting to see the show again.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 global productions have now been seen by more than 95 million people. It has been performed in nine different languages – English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Man­darin and Portuguese.

With a cast of more than 50 actors, singers and dancers, the story of The Lion King is brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes. It tells the story of young Simba’s epic adventures as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king. The  designers drew on diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna in this reinvention of one of the most successful animated films of all time.

The original score from the animated film was expanded for the stage and to feature 15 musical numbers, composed by South African Lebo M and Elton John and Tim Rice, who added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the film.

For more information, visit the Hippodrome website.