REVIEW: The Lion King show was a roaring success

PUBLISHED: 15:02 13 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:18 13 September 2019

Disney's The Lion King, première 30 oktober 2016 in het AFAS Circustheater Scheveningen, cast: Naidjim Severina (Simba), Gaia Aikman (Nala), David Goncalves (Mufasa), Jorrit Ruijs (Scar), Gugwana Dlamini (Rafiki), Barry Beijer (Zazu), Steve Beirnaert (Timon), Kobe van Herwegen (Pumbaa), Juliann Ubbergen (Banzai), Naomi Webster (Shenzi), Maarten Smeele (Ed),  Charmaine Yard (Sarabi), ...... (kleine Simba), ...... (kleine Nala)

Disney's The Lion King, première 30 oktober 2016 in het AFAS Circustheater Scheveningen, cast: Naidjim Severina (Simba), Gaia Aikman (Nala), David Goncalves (Mufasa), Jorrit Ruijs (Scar), Gugwana Dlamini (Rafiki), Barry Beijer (Zazu), Steve Beirnaert (Timon), Kobe van Herwegen (Pumbaa), Juliann Ubbergen (Banzai), Naomi Webster (Shenzi), Maarten Smeele (Ed), Charmaine Yard (Sarabi), ...... (kleine Simba), ...... (kleine Nala)

2016

Watching remakes of childhood classics is something I actively try to avoid especially when it comes to The Lion King as it can easily go wrong.

Lion King ZazuLion King Zazu

However, the Disney Theatre Production, which is currently on at Bristol Hippodrome, was far from disappointing.

From the beginning, there was something which sucked the audience in almost instantly.

By the end of Circle Of Life, which was the opening number, the room was filled with applause and even more so, when Rafiki began the narration speaking in several African languages as she danced and sang on stage too.

It is no surprise from that alone, the production has won several awards and is the longest-running musical in the West End.

Disney's Lion King in actionDisney's Lion King in action

The amount of detail and attention paid to the costume, makeup and even stage direction showed how carefully reconstructed the play was, which gave the show a unique feel without stripping away the original emotions and feelings towards the Lion King.

The clever curtain details, shadow puppets and various stage presentations brought the production together to bring the authenticity of the African savannah.

I felt myself sink into my seat at each and every scene as the two and a half production went on, falling in love with young Simba and Nala as well as the other characters.

From when Simba was first introduced to the animals in the Pride Lands, Mufasa's death and even when he meets his best friends Timon and Pumbaa, it still felt like I was getting to know the story again.

Lion King - The Embrace Simba and NalaLion King - The Embrace Simba and Nala

I must admit, by far my favourite character, Rafiki, the spiritual guide and healer, stole the show for me, not only was she performing in several languages, but she managed to also keep the packed room entertained and engaged despite the fact the majority of the room could not understand a word.

Seeing the combined talents of all the cast, left me feeling overwhelmed, from the young characters playing Simba and Nala to the men and women who took on the stage.

I did not know what to expect from such a show but I am glad I did not have one because it would have exceeded any expectations.

The Lion King Theatre Production is on at The Bristol Hippodrome until November 23.

Tickets, priced from £20, are available at www.atgtickets.come/bristol-hippodrome.

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