Record-breaking run for Disney’s The Lion King

PUBLISHED: 15:32 29 November 2012

The Lion King

The Lion King

Bristol Hippodrome

DISNEY’S The Lion King has completed its record-breaking run at The Bristol Hippodrome, having generated more than £6million for the local economy.

The award-winning musical, which began on August 31 has played to more than 165,000 people at 88 performances, while the theatre was celebrating its centenary year.

The legendary musical underlined its position as the biggest-ever touring theatre production by attracting visitors from every corner of the UK, and more than half of the visitors were visiting the Hippodrome for the first time, generating huge benefits to the city.

John Hallett, managing director at destination Bristol said: “While it is impossible to accurately measure this impact, we believe through travel, hotel accommodation, business in locals shops and restaurants, The Lion King brought well over £6million to the local economy.”

The stalls seating in the auditorium was reconfigured to have two aisles, to allow for the famous animal procession which opens The Lion King. And due to the high demand for tickets, the musical was the first production in the Hippodrome’s history to sell standing room tickets.

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