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The Lion King announces UK and Ireland tour to coincide with 20th anniversary in London

The show embarks on its second UK and Ireland tour in Bristol

The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre
© Catherine Ashmore

Disney's The Lion King is to embark on a new UK and Ireland tour in 2019, coinciding with 20 years of the musical being in the West End.

The musical runs at Bristol Hippodrome from 7 September to 23 November and at Edinburgh Playhouse from 5 December to 9 February 2020. Further venues are to be announced in due course.

The Lion King had its premiere in London on Tuesday 19 October 1999 at the Lyceum Theatre and is now the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. To celebrate 20 years in London a line-up of events are being announced soon.

Julie Taymor's production has a cast of 50 and tells the story from the hit film about a young lion called Simba and what happens when he has to step up to become king.

The show originally opened on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by 95 million people.

Taymor and Michael Curry created masks and puppets and scenic design is by British designer Richard Hudson, lighting is by Donald Holder, costume design is by Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the film, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay.

Tickets for Bristol go on sale on February 26 at 8am and at 8am on 6 March for the Edinburgh run, with both available through WhatsOnStage.

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