It’s been a very poignant week for the cast of The Lion King.
The famous Disney production returned to the West End on Thursday July 29 after a very difficult year in confinement.
The actors were incredibly happy to be back on stage to perform in front of the audience and I was just as thrilled to be back in the pits to watch my favorite show.
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It was my fifth time watching The Lion King and I was just as excited as when my late grandparents picked it up when I was just eight years old.
The Lion King is a very special production to me anyway, but watching producer Thomas Schumacher deliver his introductory message to the chill crowd made my skin tingle and my eyes water.
His heartfelt speech set the scene for what was a celebration of theater after 16 months of covid restrictions.
In line with health and safety guidelines, each ticket holder was required to show proof of a negative lateral flow test or wave their Covid passport prior to entry.
Masks were not required inside the theater and depended on personal preference if you chose to wear one.
The theater was packed. I hadn’t sat next to a stranger in over a year, so I was quite worried.
However, after a large glass of wine and a welcome from Schumacher, I settled in for a phenomenal performance.
Every dancer, singer, musician and actor gave their all to entertain, impress and dazzle the audience.
The instrumentals were exceptional, the costumes extraordinary and the scenario magical.
The opening scene was powerful, striking and fun.
For anyone who’s seen the show before, you’ll know what I mean. For those who haven’t, I won’t spoil it for you.
With a talented cast of around 50, it was interesting to read from the program that two actors had trained at the Guildford School of Acting right here in Surrey.
The award-winning musical has made theater history, with six productions around the world over the past fifteen years.
The musical uses jaw-dropping masks and puppets to create pure theatrical magic.
At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from a wide-eyed bear cub to his role as King of the Pridelands.
The production has been seen by more than 16 million people over the past two decades.
If that’s not a stat to entice you to watch it, I don’t know what is.
Performances at the Lyceum Theater in London are on sale now.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting thelionking.co.uk or by calling 0800 912 6971.
Reservations available until April 3, 2022 for individuals and October 22, 2022 for groups.
Address: Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ.
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