Disney’s animated classic has been a long running live success, deservedly so, and it’s still going strong. Here’s 5 reasons we think you should go and see it if you haven’t already.

OR go and see The Lion King again. Or both.

1. The opening number

The opening of the stage performance of The Lion King is just as bombastic as the opening to the classic film. The Circle of Life sounds spectacular in any circumstances, but on stage in the hands of such a fantastic cast?

How could you not be moved? Whether it’s a return to your childhood or a reminder of that time you were made to watch The Lion King 100 times in a week with your children.

Opening scene of The Lion King

2. The humour

As deeply dramatic as The Lion King is, there’s no denying that it’s also incredibly funny. Whether it’s Scars snarky one liners, the Hyena’s bumbling cackling or the easy back and forth and friendly jibes of Timon and Pumba there’s plenty here to diffuse the tension and ground the whole thing.

Which in turn, only heightens the intensity of the more Shakespearean tragedy elements of the performance.

3. The costumes

Anyone who denies that the costumes in this show are incredible is quite clearly wrong. Striking, dynamic, simple and powerful, the adaptation of the unique properties of all these remarkable animals is pretty stunning.

That the actors almost slip into the background behind the characters, the masks and elaborate puppets speaks volumes about how effective the costumes are. Julie Taymor won a variety of awards for her creative designs in The Lion King.

The Lion King costumes

4. The rest of the songs

“Hakuna Matata”, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?”, “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”…need we say more?

The adaption of the classic Elton John soundtrack speaks for itself.

5. It’s the best way to introduce someone to musical theatre

Musical theatre, unfairly, still takes a gentle ribbing from a lot of people. But The Lion King’s universal appeal provides the perfect bridging point to introduce new audiences to the joy of a live performance.

As introductions go, this is a hell of a one.

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