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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Animal magic of a musical
Birmingham's big summer musical blockbuster roars into the city with the spectacular Lion King.

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The Lion King is a vibrant musical for all the family

Disney's award-winning musical features more than 50 singers and dancers from across 17 different countries to recreate the wonder of Africa before your eyes.

It follows the story of Disney's The Lion King, but the action from the film is miraculously brought to life by using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba, the lion cub.

He experiences tragedy, friendship and love through an epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

Then there is the breathtaking award-winning score of songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice, including Circle of Life, Can You Feel The Love Tonight and Hakuna Matata, to keep children and adults gripped throughout the show.

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Animals like giraffes are miraculously brought to life using puppets

I saw the show in London and along with the story and music, the fantastic way that actors are able to transform themselves into animals through masks, puppets and similar tools is part of the attraction.

The stage becomes a wonder of colour. Vivid oranges, glorious blues and wild greens.

The Lion King, which has been a hit in London's West End for nearly 15 years, was the first musical directed by Julie Taymor, who is one of the world's most innovative directors. She went on to make Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical.

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Glorious colour in The Lion King

This acclaimed production has been seen by more than 70 million people around the world, and in addition to the two UK productions can currently be seen in New York, Tokyo, Hamburg, Madrid, Sao Paulo and on tour across North America, along with plans for Australia.

Performance times are:
Tuesday Saturday evenings - 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees - 2.30pm
Captioned performances: Tuesday July 9, 7.30pm and Sunday Sept 1, 2.30pm
Signed performances: Sunday July 21, 2.30pm and Wednesday September 11, 7.30pm
Audio described performance: Tuesady Sept 3, 7.30pm and Sunday September 22, 2.30pm.

As a guide for visitors with children, Disney recommends The Lion King for ages six and up.
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Why? Animal magic of a show
When: June 28 - September 28
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: 25 - 60
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I saw the show in London too; it's spectacular.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12048) 1937 days ago
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