The Lion King Caps A Triumphant Year With Record Box Office Takings

See The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.

Disney’s The Lion King, now in its thirteenth year in the West End, has reported record box office figures for the eighth year running.

The show has defied the Olympics-related downturn that was predicted for the West End to report record sales of over £38 million.

The Lion King musical is based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name. It features songs by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice and a score by Hans Zimmer.  It’s directed by Julie Taymor.

In August 2012 the show became the largest production to tour the UK. It’s due to continue its UK tour this year, with visits to both Dublin and Birmingham.

The Lion King tells the story of Simba the lion cub who is looking forward to becoming king of the Pride Lands, but his scheming Uncle Scar has other plans. Banished into exile, Simba must face down his past and return one day to reclaim his sworn destiny.