Disney's hit musical The Lion King coming to Bristol Hippodrome (news)

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Disney’s hit musical The Lion King is set to visit Bristol Hippodrome this autumn as part of a major nationwide tour.

Based on the Disney animated film, the stage musical tells the story of the lion cub Simba as he journeys through life and struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of King.

The Lion King features 15 songs, including the five from the film and new songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, with additional numbers by South African-born Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Hans Zimmer and Julie Taymor.

Bristol will be the first city the show visits after leaving London for the first time to begin a nationwide tour. The 11-week run will mark the Hippodrome‘s 100th birthday.

Disney Theatrical Group, the producers of The Lion King, have confirmed that the show will tour with a company of 52 to ten cities in the UK and Ireland over the next two and a half years. Further dates and locations are to be announced.

The Lion King has been seen by over 10 million people in London and more than 65 million people in 15 different countries, but due to the massive scale of the production, it has never before toured this country.

The Lion King visits Bristol Hippodrome from September 6 to November 17, 2012. Tickets go on February 22 from the Lion King website.

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