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Disney's THE LION KING tour opens in Bristol - announces seasons in Dublin and Birmingham


FIRST EVER UK TOUR OF
DISNEY’S ‘THE LION KING’ OPENS IN BRISTOL
TO CRITICAL AND POPULAR ACCLAIM


Manchester the next stop on the biggest UK tour ever
Seasons in Dublin and Birmingham just announced


Tuesday 11th September, London, UK- The first-ever UK tour of Disney’s landmark musical THE LION KING received its official premiere at the Bristol Hippodrome on Thursday 6th September. Director and designer Julie Taymor and other members of the show’s creative team were in attendance, including the President of Disney Theatrical Group and Producer of THE LION KING, Thomas Schumacher.

The performance was greeted by an enthusiastic standing ovation from the capacity audience,
and received rave reviews from local and national critics:

“Radiant – it’s looking as fresh as ever.
There’s been no skimping on production values - essentially
you’re getting a West End blockbuster on your doorstep”

Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph

 “I don’t think there has ever been a show as anticipated
as Disney’s THE LION KING... It was certainly worth the wait! ”

Liz Webster, The Bristol Post

“Awesome! This production spells box office smash”
Elaine McLaren, Gloucestershire Echo

THE LION KING will continue its season at the Hippodrome until 17 November, before transferring Manchester’s Palace Theatre for an 18 week season (1 December to 31 March 2013).

With the opening of the Bristol season, The Walt Disney Company announced that THE LION KING would also play seasons in Dublin and Birmingham in 2013. Tickets for these future engagements will go on sale in October.

Four years in development, THE LION KING is the biggest stage production ever to tour in the UK. Transported in 21 trucks, the full-scale production will bring Julie Taymor’s internationally celebrated production to audiences across the country, playing in a total of 10 cities between 2012 and 2015.

An international cast of 52 performers from 17 different countries is led by 11 principals; Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki, Cleveland Cathnott as Mufasa, Meilyr Sion as Zazu, Stephen Carlile as Scar, Gbemisola Ikumelo as Shenzi, Daniel Norford as Banzai, Philip Oakland as Ed, John Hasler as Timon, Mark Roper as Pumbaa, Nicholas Nkuna as Simba and Carole Stennett as Nala.

The acclaimed stage adaptation of Disney’s 1994 animated film was first seen on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by over 65 million people across five continents. The London production recently welcomed its 10 millionth guest at London’s Lyceum Theatre where it remains the West End’s best-selling musical.

In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, THE LION KING can currently be seen in Tokyo, Hamburg, Madrid and on tour in the US and Japan. A new production will also open in Australia in 2013.

Tour Dates

BRISTOL HIPPODROME
until 17 November 2012
BOOKING: www.thelionking.co.uk or call 0844 871 3033

THE PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
1 December 2012 to 31 March 2013
(Opening night performance Thursday 6th December)
BOOKING: www.thelionking.co.uk or call 0844 871 3004

THE BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE, DUBLIN
27 April to 22 June 2013
Tickets on sale October 2012

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
29 June to 28 September 2013
Tickets on sale October 2012

also continuing at LONDON’S LYCEUM THEATRE
Currently booking until 14 April 2013
BOOKING: www.thelionking.co.uk or call 0844 871 3000

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