The Lion King roars past 12 million audience visitors

The Lion King

Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King welcomed its 12 millionth visitor at London’s Lyceum Theatre.

The show celebrates its 15th anniversary in October in London, where it remains the West End’s best-selling stage production.

Tickets are currently on sale until 29 March 2015.

Winning over 70 theatre awards worldwide, the captivating stage production follows the adventures of the young lion cub Simba, as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of king.

Julie Taymor’s internationally celebrated stage adaptation of the animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by over 70 million people across six continents.

The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the film, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay of The Lion King.

The original score from the movie was expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers.

As well as writing completely new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an evocative blend of African rhythms and chorales, with additional material by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina.

Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the film.

The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, including the Oscar-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight and the haunting Shadowland.

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