“It is time”…after 109 performances and playing to over 190,000 people, Disney’s THE LION KING will complete its sell-out run here at Birmingham Hippodrome this Saturday.
The legendary musical, the largest touring theatre production in UK history, attracted visitors from every corner of the Globe. Audience members travelled from as far afield as New Zealand, Kuwait and from throughout Europe, as well as UK patrons visiting from Inverness through to Brighton.
We are thrilled to have welcomed over 50% new first-time bookers to the theatre, generating huge benefits for the city. “Millions of pounds” have been generated for Southside bars, restaurants and shopping districts, as well as the thousands of patrons the production attracted to Birmingham who stayed overnight in one of the City’s hotels.
The touring production now moves on to Edinburgh for a 15-week season at the Playhouse, marking the first time the musical will play in Scotland. Meanwhile, the acclaimed West End production continues to play at London’s Lyceum Theatre, where it is entering its 15th triumphant year.
Thanks to all of you who came along and for making The Lion King the pride of Birmingham…
Tune into our latest Podcast where audiences at the opening night of Disney’s The Lion King give their verdict on the show…
Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…
Last night we played host to the official press night of Disney’s The Lion King as we welcomed members of the media to check out the show and share what has to be one of the biggest productions to ever play on our stage.
As you would expect, the reviews have been incredible with 5 Stars from Birmingham Mail and Express and Star saying “…it is hands down one of the most fantastic productions of all time.”
You can take a read of the full Express and Star review here and Birmingham Mail’s rave report here.
Blogs are also hot in hailing the arrival of the king with Birmingham Blogger Scott Bird saying “Of any of the shows you will see, the opening to The Lion King – The Circle Of Life is sure to be the most overwhelming experience you will ever have in a theatre” click here to read the full blog post.
Members of the media also took to the world of Twitter to share their thoughts with Heart FM’s Ed James commenting “The Lion King @brumhippodrome … Stunning, epic, awe inspiring and jaw dropping. Once is not enough! Loved every second!”. Read our full round up of some of our favourite Press Night tweets here.
After a full house and standing ovation last night we look forward to many, many more over the next 3 months – we hope to see you there…
Click here for more info & tickets for Disney’s The Lion King.
The Cast take their curtain call at Press Night at Birmingham Hippodrome