The King of all Theatre Productions? The Lion King!
You cannot travel throughout London, whether it is via foot, underground or bus without having seen posters for the theatrical production of The Lion King. Although the posters never seem to change much it still boast enough power to consistently over-proceed its competitors. And of course always attract my attention, it feels like I have been waiting over a decade to see it! Continuously luring in a flurry of eager viewers, there is no wonder to why just two months ago it celebrated its 15th anniversary at the Lyceum Theatre.
On Tuesday, as I sat down and took my seat, I had all these pre-visual ideas of what it would be like. I mentioned before my favourite theatre production is The Harder They Come, and I have yet to experience anything that will top that. However as I had heard nothing but good reviews about The Lion King, my expectations were set extremely high. I was more than ready to experience the reason why everyone around me held a solitude act of silence in anticipation of the start of the show.
I don’t think anything prepares you for the astonishing opening arrangement. You just don’t expect the animal creations to march on with such grace, the African Masks and flawless makeup to be so authentic or the Japanese costumes to be so epicingly transforming.
I mean we all know the storyline for The Lion King and I think we can all agree it isn’t the most rich or intense. But the impact of the music, the scene transitions and the powerful, room filling voices are something quite magical. It is perfect for a musical and regardless of whether you are young or old you will feel delightfully captivated.
For me, the show really came alive when Timon and Pumba, who brought back most of the childhood memories I cherished the most, hit the stage. The characters were almost identical to there on screen predecessors. And you couldn’t help but sing along with the classics such as The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Hakuna Matata and wish that we actually lived by the well known “no worries” anthem. It was Brown Lindiwe Mkhize, who took on the role of Rafiki, whose performance will definitely be the most memorable. Her humour and voice made me want to see more of her, so much so that I looked her up after just to see the lady behind the voice. She commanded the uttermost attention when she began singing The Circle of Life.
Apart from the show being visually out of this world! I love the fact that the show stays true to its African roots and influences by having a predominantly black cast. Not purely because they are black but because it highlights black people and there talents in a positive, righteous way. Together the use of the three; the dancing, the singing, the acting –to create theatrical greatness!
The Lion King will be showing at the Lyceum Theatre until 28th June 2015, it is one not to be missed!!!