The Lion King Edinburgh Playhouse Review

The Lion King
Edinburgh Playhouse

11 October 2013 – 18 January 2014

Reviewed by Emily Crombie

Last night Edinburgh Playhouse was treated to an amazing performance of Disney’s The Lion King. The audience was captivated from the outset by the puppetry of the savannah wildlife. The show started on a high and remained there for the duration.

Disney has stayed true to the film in its transfer to the stage, following the story of Simba (Nicholas Nkuna) in his fall from grace to his rise as King of the Pridelands.

The costumes and masks give the essence of the animals but the actors capture their movement which brings them to life. The colourful character of Rafiki is played outstandingly by Guawana Dlamini.

The detail in the scenery and special effect is spectacular and together immerse you in the African Plains in sight and sound.

The show is held together by Elton John and Tim Rice’s music including the iconic Circle of Life. A personal highlight was the sweet sound of Ava Brennan (Nala) singing Shadowlands.

Edinburgh Playhouse is a beautiful theatre in a wonderful city but I found it, on this occasion, to be uncomfortably warm even at this time of year.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £25 to £75 (plus £4 transaction fee). To book your tickets to see The Lion King at the Edinburgh Playhouse click here.

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