The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

Stay: One Aldwych Hotel Show: Disney’s The Lion King Venue: Lyceum Theatre The whole experience: * * * * *

Invited to experience the Pride lands in all their glory – the show that’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in box office history – we decided to do this in style.

Staying and dining at the five star One Aldwych Hotel, right across the street to the Lyceum Theatre where we would soon be headed, set us up for a magical night. From reception to room this hotel certainly has the wow factor. Dinner overlooking the Bond-style Lobby Bar with live piano music, traditional British food with subtle twists and first class waiting staff made for a superb and much welcome dining experience. As for our room, we were awe struck at its contemporary class before noticing the intimate details. Macaroons and a welcome letter invited us to make ourselves comfortable, and water, slippers and a travel bag were just a few details that left us wanting for nothing.

A childhood classic taken from the screen and to live audiences seen by over 70 million people around the world, the show honoured the 1994 classic admirably, yet Director Julie Taymor had the show literally bursting with life, colour, music and pure art. Making no effort to conceal the workings of the puppetry and scenery, the actors human bodies surprisingly become one with their lion head, gazelle and grassland props. Tears made from silk ribbon, shadow arts and mesmerising choreography propelled waves of emotion and perfect comic timing made this a show for all to adore.

Elephants never trampled so gracefully down the aisle of a theatre and for the opening sequence of the show, this spectacular scene left a lot to live up to – it didn’t disappoint. A feast for the eyes with vibrant costume design, lighting and sets there is more to see than can ever be seen here. The energetic African rhythms pounded in our chests invigorating every goose bump to surface.

Looking for a night out of a different kind? One Aldwych and the Lyceum Theatre awaits. Hakuna Matata!