The popular story of the young lion cub Simba, as be struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king, has been totally reconceived for the stage.
Director/designer Julie Taymor has transformed Disney’s phenomenally successful 1994 animated feature into a spectacular stage musical which opened on Broadway in November 1997 to popular and critical acclaim. It went on to win 25 major awards including the 1998 Tony Award for best musical and has become one of the most sought-after tickets in Broadway history.
Julie Taymor, one of America’s most innovative directors, has extensive experience staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring classic myths through ritualised puppetry, mask and. movement. Taymor brings this same array of disciplines to The Lion King, the first musical she has directed in the commercial theatre, she made Broadway history by becoming the first woman ever to win the Tony Award for best director of a musical.
Every member of the creative team won Tony Awards for the physical production, and they reunite in London to recreate The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry have created hundreds of masks and puppets. Scenic design is by leading British designer Richard Hudson; lighting is by Donald Holder. Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay of The Lion King.