I know what you are thinking…how in 27 years on being on this planet have I only just experienced the theatre!? The truth is, I never really had much of an interest in going and just thought it wouldn’t be something I would like. How wrong was I?
For Mothers Day this year, I bought my mum tickets to see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, London. We had both wanted to see this particular show for a while after hearing so many great reviews from people we knew that had already been.
Based of course on the incredible Disney film, The Lion King is a breathtaking and magical story of Simba’s epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands. We were sat in the stalls, three 3 rows away from the stage and it was money well spent, however if we were to go again I would probably go for more central seats rather than to the side of the stage. A tip I was given when booking my tickets was if I wanted to really enjoy the show, pay a bit extra for good seats. I was immediately impressed with the visual impact that the show creates, from The Circle of Life at the very beginning of the show, to its climatic end, both of which I ended up with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. Everything from the set, to the costumes were so simple yet so effective, making you feel like you were part of the show.
The cast was brilliant, and their singing was INCREDIBLE. It must take quite some skill to be able to act, sing and dance as an animal whilst still engaging with the audience. My particular favourites were Scar, the Hyenas, Mufasa and Rafiki.
The show was approximately 2 and a half hours long, including a 30 minute interval, which was probably the perfect pace as it didn’t feel like it went too quick or dragged on. There are plenty of songs in the show that nearly everybody knew, including everyone favourite “Hakuna Mata”.
So I am going to leave it there because if you haven’t seen the show yet, I don’t want to ruin it for you. Whether you love the music, the visual wow-factor, the story or all three, The Lion King will stun you and leave you on a real high making it an absolute must-see if you haven’t already.
Thanks for reading.