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It’s a show that has captivated thousands as the heart of Africa has been brought to theatres all over the world. It’s coming to the end of its run in Dublin – make sure you catch it before it’s gone. Although it is leaving Dublin, The Lion King is still out and about in the UK and so you can still see it, but seeing it on your doorstep is obviously best.
The story is stirring stuff and you can’t help identify with the characters – Simba, Scar, Mufasa and the rest. The music is haunting and those drums reach down to something deep inside all of us. Giraffes, gazelles and cheetahs move on stage the way we’ve all seen the real ones do on television, with a natural rhythm you can only blink at. Birds soar over the heads of the audience and an elephant sways its way through the stalls, her baby hanging on to her tail. You know there are people behind the masks and inside the animals, but they merely add to the whole breathtaking experience. The cast and choreography really captures the animalistic side of the characters and you will be blown away by the atmosphere that is created.
Many people come to the Lion King through the Disney film, but the stage show is all that and so much more. The songs from the film are there, but the staggering African beats have been developed to fill the theatre from the start of the show to the end and five African languages are used in some of the songs you may not know but will love all the same. The chant of the lionesses goes right to the hairs on the back of your neck and in it you hear all of the joy of birth, the sadness of death, the thrill of the chase and just the love of life itself. Even if you go to the Lion King as a sceptic who doesn’t like musicals, you will come out totally converted. These are not singers and actors on the stage, they are the animals of Africa, there on your doorstep.
Because the film was animation, many people believe that the musical is for children and although they will enjoy it a lot this is far from the case. Adults take a great deal home from a trip to see the Lion King because although the message is not beaten in with a hammer, there is a lot to learn about love, loyalty and how nothing is forever, though also no-one truly dies when they are remembered with love. Many eyes are filled with tears at the finale of the Lion King but mostly happy ones. It is hard to decide in the end whether the human or the lion is the most important part of the musical – there is something about the way the actors bear themselves and also the content of the lyrics and the insistent African beat that somehow makes it hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.
You will love the Lion King, one of the most imaginative and heart-warming stories you will ever see and hear. It is, put simply, a celebration. It’s an all-embracing experience of the senses – catch it today before it’s gone.
Make sure you don’t miss out on seeing this powerful musical and get booking now.
Author Bio: Nicole Bailey traveller by nature who, when not chained to her desk, can be found exploring new places, learning different cultures and escaping the humdrum of the 9 to 5.