The Lion King announces 2021 reopening date in London's West End

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The Lion King has announced 2021 reopening plans for London’s West End.

The Lion King has been running in London at the Lyceum Theatre since 1999.


After a forced hiatus due to the pandemic, the show has announced a reopening date for 29 July 2021.

Shaun Escoffery, who plays Mufasa in the West End cast, said: “We are so excited to finally have a date that we will be able to perform for audiences again. At The Lion King we have always considered ourselves to be one big family, and to be coming back together after being separated for so long will be a truly happy moment.

“We cannot wait to be back on stage. When the opening bars of Circle of Life play out, I don’t believe there will be a dry eye anywhere in the theatre.”

Alongside the West End production a new UK tour of The Lion King musical is on its way.

The tour is currently scheduled to begin performances in Bradford in the spring of 2022.

The Lion King is set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa. Exploding with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music, it tells the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

Director Julie Taymor made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for ’Best Director of a Musical’ for her work on the production, which features incredible staging and puppets.

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