Review: The Lion King, Birmingham Hippodrome

Taking a Disney classic – and not just any classic – and transferring its magic from the screen to the stage is never going to be easy.

Review: The Lion King, Birmingham Hippodrome

But The Lion King proved not only is it possible, but it will surpass all your expectations.

The blockbuster stage show roared into Birmingham Hippodrome last week and is in the city for a three-month run. That's a lot of seats to fill.

But judging by last night's show that won't be a hard task, for there's a reason why millions of people worldwide have seen this show and will carry on booking in their droves – because it is hands down one of the most fantastic productions of all time.

It will have the hairs standing up on the back of your neck, leave tears in your eyes and leave you smiling from ear to ear.

But most of all it will have you wanting to go back and watch it again and again.

If you're unfamiliar with the story, The Lion King tells the story of Simba, the young lion cub, as he journeys through life and struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of king.

Along the way he faces the death of his father, betrayal of his evil uncle Scar, falls in love and makes new friendships – classic children's fodder right? Wrong. It will mesmerise the whole family.

The costumes are exquisite and the score, which includes Circle of Life, Can You Feel The Love Tonight and of course, Hakuna Matata, is impeccable.

The Lion King is up there as one of the best shows I have ever seen.

The Lion King runs at Birmingham Hippodrome until September 28.

Lisa Wright

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