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Disney’s THE LION KING returns to THE PALACE THEATRE in 2020

Priority booking sign-up opens today, Friday 6 December 2019

General tickets go on sale February 2020

The Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland and the Palace Theatre have today announced that Disney’s The Lion King will return to Manchester in 2020. ­­­

The iconic musical that was seen by over 388,000 when it visited Manchester in 2012 and 2015 will return from 22 October 2020 – 31January 2021. General tickets go on sale in February 2020 and patrons can sign up for priority access at either www.atgtickets.com/the-lion-king-tour or www.thelionking.co.uk from today, Friday 6 December 2019.

The UK cities of The Lion King tour are exclusively supported by VeryMe Rewards from Vodafone UK. Vodafone customers will be the first to access pre-sale tickets through the My Vodafone app at 8am on Friday 31 January 2020.

This year, The Lion King celebrated an incredible 20 years in the West End. The musical had its premiere in London on 19 October 1999 at the Lyceum Theatre, which remains its home in London.

Additional ticket information

ATG Card holders and Groups members will be able to purchase tickets from 8am on Monday 3 February 2020 and ATG and Disney sign up list priority can buy tickets from 8am on Tuesday 4 February 2020. 

Tickets will be going on general sale from 8am on Thursday 6 February 2020, with demand expected to be huge.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.atgtickets.com/manchester or www.thelionking.co.uk

Relaxed / Accessible performances

The Lion King will also be presented as a dedicated Relaxed Performance on Sunday 31 January 2021 at 1.30pm. The Lion King is committed to creating a friendly and inclusive audience experience. Having now hosted five Autism-Friendly performances in London, the landmark musical is delighted to be presenting a Relaxed Performance in each city it visits on the tour.

Relaxed performances are specially adapted to be accessible to a wide range of audiences such as those with autism, learning difficulties or other sensory and communication needs, with extra trained staff on hand and dedicated quiet areas inside the theatre should anyone need to leave their seat. All patrons who feel this performance might suit their specific needs are warmly encouraged to attend. 

Access line: 0800 912 6971

Type talk: 18001 0844 871 7677 (textphone user)

Type talk: 18002 0844 871 7677 (hearing person)

An internationally celebrated stage adaptation

Julie Taymor’s internationally celebrated stage adaptation of The Lion King opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 global productions have now been seen by more than 100 million people. The Lion King is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. 

The show has been performed in nine different languages (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese). In addition to this current UK & Ireland tour, productions of The Lion King can currently be seen on Broadway; London’s West End; Hamburg; Tokyo; Madrid; on tour across Japan and North America, with a separate production touring internationally, for a total of eight productions running concurrently across the globe.

Having played in more than 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history.  

The previous tour of The Lion King broke attendance records across the nation and the 2019 tour coincides with The Lion King celebrating 20 years at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in 1999, The Lion King has entertained more than 16 million theatregoers and is the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

With a cast of more than 50 actors, singers and dancers, the story of The Lion King is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of Simba’s epic adventures as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king.

The stunning artistry of the production is the work of a team of designers which drew on diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna in this daring and inspiring reinvention of one of the most successful animated feature films of all time.

Julie Taymor, one of the world’s most innovative directors, brought a vast array of disciplines to The Lion King, including extensive experience staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring classic myths through ritualised puppetry, mask, and movement. The Lion King was the first musical Taymor directed in the commercial theatre and she made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for Best Director of a Musical.  

The Broadway show’s full creative team, which won five Tony Awards® for its work on The Lion King, reunited in 1999 to recreate the show in London. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created hundreds of masks and puppets.

Scenic design is by British designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Donald Holder. Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay.

The original score from the animated film was expanded for the stage and now features 15 musical numbers.  As well as writing completely new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an

evocative blend of African rhythms and chorales, with additional material by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina.

Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the animated film. The resulting sound of The Lion King is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, including the Academy Award®-winning Can You Feel The Love Tonight and the haunting Shadowland.

Ticket information

·         VeryMe Rewards by Vodafone presale: Friday 31 January 2020 at 8am

·         ATG Card and Groups Priority on sale: Monday 3 February 2020 at 8am

·         ATG and Disney sign up list priority: Tuesday 4 February 2020 at 8am

·         General on sale: Thursday 6 February 2020 at 8am  

·         Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.atgtickets.com/manchester or www.thelionking.co.uk

Performance information:

·         Previews: Thursday 22 October – Sunday 1 November

·         Premiere/Press Night: Tuesday 3 November 2020 at 7.30pm

·         Signed Performances: Thursday 5 November 2020 at 7.30pm

·         Captioned Performances: Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 7.30pm

·         Audio Described Performances: Thursday 3 December 2020 at 7.30pm

·         Relaxed performance: Sunday 31st Jan 2021 at 1.30pm