Theatre review: The Lion King
Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7DA – map
Rating: ***** (out of 5)
Review by: Alexa Williamson
Based on the Disney film, this is the tale of lion cub Simba’s growth into adulthood and rise to being king of his pride. A captivating story, it works well on stage due to the gorgeous puppet-characters and live accompanying music.
Simba is the son of the brave and good king Mufasa and the little lion cub has a good life until his uncle, Scar, decides he wants to be king and kills Mufasa. After this happens, Simba is banished from the kingdom and meant to be killed. Fortunately for him though, those sent to do the job are too lazy to bother.
The musical focusses on Simba’s adventures in the ‘Shadowlands’ and his coming of age to regain his rightful throne.
The Lion King has lasted so long in the West End due to the beauty of the production – from its elaborate and clever puppetry to the joviality of the songs and music. A feast for the senses, it’s definitely worth seeing.
The Lion King (Official site includes synopsis)