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14 YEARS OF FACTS AND FIGURES on Disney's The Lion King

Disney’s award-winning musical ‘The Lion King’ is now in its 15th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. After welcoming its 11 millionth guest in May 2013, the show remains the West End’s best-selling stage production.

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Since its 1997 Broadway premiere Julie Taymor’s internationally celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved 1994 animated film has now been seen by seen by over 7 million people across 6 continents – 1 million of those in the UK alone in 2012.

21 productions around the world have cumulatively run for 96 years.

‘The Lion King Musical’ Facebook page has over 1 million fans, making it the first musical to hit the milestone.

FROM THE FILM

The Lion King’ animated movie was first released in cinemas in 1994. Globally, it ranks as the second highest grossing animated film of all time at the Box Office and is the UK’s best-selling children’s DVD, Blue Ray and Video release

TO THE STAGE

The show’s full creative team, all of whom won Tony Awards® for their work on ‘The Lion King’ (Broadway), reunited in 1999 to recreate the show for British audiences. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created hundreds of masks and puppets.

There are 232 puppets in the show, including rod, shadow and full-sized puppets. Some of these were inspired by Japanese Bunraku puppetry.

Mufasa’s mask weighs 11 ounces, Scar’s mask weighs 7 ounces and Sarabi’s mask is just 4 ounces. Over 750 pounds of silicone rubber were used to make the masks.

The tallest animals in the show are the four, 18-foot exotic giraffes from “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” Two actors trained in stilt-walking, climb 6-foot ladders to fit inside the puppets.

The largest and longest animal in the show is the Elephant (nicknamed “Bertha” by the back stage crew when the show premiered in 1997). At 13 feet long and 9 feet wide, the puppet requires four actors to carefully walk her down the orchestra aisle.

The smallest animal is the trick mouse at the end of Scar’s cane at just 5 inches.

There are six indigenous African languages spoken in the show: Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa (the click language), Sotho, Tswana, Congolese

Over 200 South African performers have played in productions around the world during ‘The Lion King’s’ history, 37 in the UK production.

TLK LONDON

Had its UK premiere on Tuesday 19th October 1999 at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End.

TLK London broke records in 2012 when it achieved the highest annual Gross Box Office in West End history.

Now in its record-breaking 15th year, ‘The Lion King’ is one of the top ten longest-running musicals in West End history, and remains the West End’s best-selling production.

It takes 152 people to prepare for each performance of ‘The Lion King’ at the Lyceum Theatre.

FUN FACTS AND FIGURES

• There are more than 232 puppets in the show, including rod puppets, shadow puppets and full-sized puppets
• There are 25 species of animals, birds, fish and insects represented in the show
• During the show, all members of the ensemble portray both flora and fauna
• There are 27 kite birds
• It took 37,000 hours to build the puppets and masks
• The masks of 'The Lion King' are constructed using carbon graphite - a tough, lightweight material
• Mufasa's mask weighs 11 ounces. Scar's mask weighs 9 ounces
• The tallest animals in the show are the 18 foot exotic giraffes in the song "I Just Can't Wait to Be King"
• The tiniest animal in the show is the trick mouse at the end of Scar's cane: 5 inches
• The longest animal is an elephant: 13' long, 11'3" high and 9 feet wide at the ears. It collapses to 34 inches to go down the theatre aisle
• 750 pounds of silicone rubber were used to make the masks
• The Timon puppet weighs 15 pounds
• 60 pounds of grass were used for the Grasslands Headdresses
• There are 106 ants on the 'Ant-Hill Lady'
• In the show, the phrase "Hakuna Matata" is said 25 times per performance

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