The Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland and Edinburgh Playhouse have today announced that a free pop-up exhibition about Disney’s The Lion King will tour Scotland in November ahead of the hit musical opening its run at the Edinburgh Playhouse in December.
The show, currently playing 17 weeks from 5 December – 29 March has only one Scotland run and has already extended due to popular demand, surpassing its own record breaking 15 week season in 2013. Tickets to the show are now on sale.
In Dundee, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, visitors will be able to explore the iconic masks, puppets and costumes from the Tony Award®-winning The Lion King up-close and learn about the inspiration behind many of the show’s impressive designs. Puppets such as Rafiki and Zazu will be on display, alongside the iconic Mufasa, Simba and Nala masks and other much-loved pieces from the musical. The exhibition opens in Dundee’s Overgate Shopping Centre on 1 November, Glasgow’s Silverburn Shopping Centre on 4 November, before moving to Union Square Shopping Centre in Aberdeen on 9 November, and finally Edinburgh’s Gyle Shopping Centre on 15 November. Full details listed below. The exhibition is free and there is no booking required.
The Edinburgh season of the UK and Ireland tour coincides with The Lion King celebrating 20 years at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere on Tuesday 19 October 1999, The Lion King has entertained more than 16 million theatregoers and remains one of the longest-running West End musicals of all time.
Casting for the Edinburgh season was announced in June drawing from countries including Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Ireland, Jamaica, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, and United Kingdom. The roles of Simba, Nala and Rafiki will be played by Dashaun Young, Josslynn Hlenti and Thandazile Soni respectively. The company will also include Steve Beirnaet, Matthew Forbes, Jean-Luc Guizonne, Richard Hurst, Alan McHale, Rebecca Omogbehin, Carl Sanderson and Simon Trinder.
Gyle Shopping Centre
Friday 15 – Friday 22 November 2019
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm
Overgate Shopping Centre
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 November 2019
Opening times: Friday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm, Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Silverburn Shopping Centre
Monday 4 – Friday 8 November 2019
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 10am – 9pm
Union Square Shopping Centre
Saturday 9 – Thursday 14 November 2019
Opening times: Saturday: 9am – 7pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm, Monday – Thursday: 9am – 8pm
• Tickets can be purchased from the Edinburgh Playhouse Box Office, by calling 0844 871 3014*
or by visiting atgtickets here
*Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.
• Dates: Thursday 5 December 2019 – Sunday 29 March 2020, 7.30pm & 2.30pm
• Audio described performance: Wednesday 11 December 2019, 7.30pm and Wednesday 26 February 2020, 7.30pm
• Signed Performance: Wednesday 15 January 2020, 7.30pm and Wednesday 4 March 2020, 7.30pm
• Relaxed Performance: Sunday 26 January 2020, 1.30pm
• Captioned Performance: Wednesday 5 February 2020, 7.30pm and Wednesday 25 March 2020, 7.30pm