“....the stand out triumphs of this show are the costumes and puppetry”
As I enter the Lyceum Theatre, I realise I had forgotten what a huge theatre it is. Built to seat 2100 people per performance and on this Tuesday night the house is packed. Can you feel the love to tonight? You certainly can! The audience is buzzing with anticipation. It’s 24 years since Lion King opened in the West End and at least 15 years since I last saw it. So many of the cast will have seen the show as children and now here they are on the Lyceum stage. In the audience there is no sense that this is an old show.
For me, the stand out triumphs of this show are the costumes and puppetry. Although we have seen huge developments in puppetry in the last 24 years, they are still impressive. Both are seen at their best during the opening number featuring The Circle of Life. We see a life-sized elephant walking down the aisle in the stalls. Looking at the lady in the box opposite me she wasn’t expecting an animal to appear at the side of her! The stage is filled with a rainbow of colour, and wildlife: giraffes, antelope, zebra to name just a few!