The Lion King Celebrates 20 Years In London!

Nick Afoa & Janique Charles. The Lion King Lyceum Theatre. Photo: Encore Radio
Nick Afoa & Janique Charles. The Lion King Lyceum Theatre. Photo: Encore Radio

The Lion King is celebrating 20 years at London’s Lyceum Theatre.

Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, The Lion King has entertained over 15 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production and the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

The Encore Radio team went backstage at the Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End, home of The Lion King, to meet some of the cast and find out more about the show.

We speak to West End stars George Asprey, Shaun Escoffery, Gugwana Dlamini, Nick Afoa and Janique Charles

To coincide with the 20th anniversary, the multi-award-winning musical has embarked on its second UK and Ireland tour.

The Lion King opened at The Bristol Hippodrome on 7 September 2019 and will move on to the Edinburgh Playhouse from 5 December 2019. The production will also tour to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and Southampton Mayflower Theatre.

About The Lion King 

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award-winning musical The Lion King will redefine your expectations of theatre.

Brilliantly reimagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney’s beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.

At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.


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