Written on: 13/08/2010 by IconicChipmunk (3 reviews written)
WARNING!: CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Bit of Background:
Ive been a fan of musicals ever since a young age and "The Lion King" is one that i have wanted to see for quite some time since i saw an advertisement in a local paper. I've never been to London before and ive also wanted to go there becuase of all the theatres and the general atmosphere that London has to offer. So i went down to London with my mom for a day and a bit since it was part of a package deal with, train tickets from Birmingham to London and back again. Hotel tickets with breakfast included and the theatre tickets already booked.
So when we finnaly arrived at the hotel we decided to walk down to the theatre to see how long it would take us to get there when it was time to go. On the way to the theatre we passed the Royal Ballet Theatre or something similar to that name the theatre where they are showing "War Horse" it begins with a "W" im sure of it we also past the Royal Drury Lane theatre where "Oliver!" was showing and the Lyceum Theatre is practially opposite it with give or take a 10 second walk.
So since we knew it wasn't that far from the hotel we decided to carry on walking, we ended up at Trafalgar Square and abot 10 minutes up the road there is about 4 or 5 theatres one is showing "All The Fun Of The Fair" another is showing "Ghost Stories" and another "Avenue Q"
When went back the the Lyeum theatre later on in the day as both me and my mom were really tired i think it was about two in the afternoon or something. I wanted to find out wether the Lyceum Theatre gave away posters. You know the ones that shops have to adertise things one of those. The person we asked said that the theatre does sell posters when the show is open but another shop also sells musical merchandise of course my eyes go all betty boop and decide that we have to go there to. the guy says its only a five mintu walk up a certain way we couldnt find it so we asked the hotel which gave us directions and all in all i brought a wizard of oz mug a lion king poster.
Night of the show:
Ok so were waiting out side the lycuem theatre waiting for the doors to open we get there at about 6 at night as we were told to but the theatre didnt open untill 7 when the show started at half 7. at the theatre i brought a lion king cup and a lack t shirt which i absolutely love.
The Show itself:
now i really didn't know what to expect from the show i had heard good things from reviews and people who had seen it. When Rafiki sing the the first note to "the circle of life" a chill washed over my body. next to sing in i think its a buffalo of some sort the stage lights up like a sun rise and slowly but surely two girrafes and a leopard are onstange. all different animals start to walk down the ilses first a huge elephant then a rhine the costume were so amzing up close i'm crying at this point the show hadn't een got into full swing and i was crying. i think its so hard to discribe everything in detail ecuase theres so much of it. the children playing young simba and nala are relly good and Scar is truely amazing his is the only costume that is operated by anamatronics the rest is puppetry and at one point a bicycle type contraption. the stage itslef is moving so all the set changes and such just move into the background really fluidly. i think th best scene had to the where Simba is being chased by the buffalo. ill describe it as best i can it starts of with a shadow of a heard of bufallo at the top of a large chasm.The shadow drop and part of the scenery begins rolling with little dots representing running bufalos this transforms into a spinning track of buffalo heads with then go into huge buffalo masks chassing after Simba its a really good scene. I also really enjoyed the bond between simba and Mufasa it was so touching at times that you really lost yourself in the whole moment. my favourite costumes aside from Scar's was the Hyena's which were just really cool.
there so much stuff to put into this the costumes the song the whole general feel to it. i would definetly see the show again and again i've reccomended it to all of my friends there is rumours that the show will be closing in 2011 now i'm not sure wether this means it will actually be finishing or just moving to another theatre. if anyones knows aout this please let me know.