The Lion King
The Lyceum Theatre, London
Reviewed by Stuart Hosking
Given the performance was due to start at 7.30pm and my reputation for having a hangover whilst attending events, I limited myself to a solitary glass of wine before the curtain opened… and how pleased that I managed some self-control because from the start to finish this show has you gripped.
The attention to detail delivers a realistic and believable stage show that even if you have seen the Disney cartoon version (which having 3 kids I have many many many times) the adaptation is true to the film even down to the voices of the well-known characters.
The Lion King on stage is amazing, the interaction you get (even upstairs) as the actors wander through the isles brings you ever closer to the action, the staging is so good that you actually forget the actors are dressed as animals or carefully managing an array of puppetry and all you see are an abundance of jungle creatures, this show has everything from laughter to tears and back again.
The show for me was topped by the audience and on a late Wednesday evening, as the final curtain rose and fell, the capacity crowd erupted into a loud rhythmic applause which caused the actor who plays Simba to punch the air with delight.
This musical delivers on every count, being seated in the royal circle (appropriate being the jubilee) a bit more surround sound, volume and bass upstairs would enhance the experience… However absolutely superb and be warned the song "circle of life" will be stuck in your head for days!
This is a must go see Musical.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.thelionking.co.uk