The Lion King starts its seven-week run at the Alhambra Theatre

The Lion King cast members Nicholas Nkuna, Stephen Carlile, Gugwana Dlamini, Ava Brennan and Cleveland Cathnott

The Lion King cast members Nicholas Nkuna, Stephen Carlile, Gugwana Dlamini, Ava Brennan and Cleveland Cathnott

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The curtain has risen on Disney’s smash-hit show The Lion King, which has started a seven-week season in Bradford’s Alhambra theatre.

A fleet of 23 trucks have transported the enormous production to Bradford – the only Yorkshire stop on the UK tour.

The largest theatre production ever to tour Europe and the UK, its arrival is the highlight of the Alhambra’s centenary year. Performances began last night prior to the official opening on Tuesday.

The acclaimed stage adaptation of the Disney classic has 52 performers, led by 11 principals. The production features hundreds of masks, puppets and more than 700 elaborate costumes representing 26 different types of animal.

The Lion King is based on the Oscar-winning 1994 animated film about a lion cub called Simba who struggles to accept his destined role as King. Director and co-designer Julie Taymor adapted it for the stage, bringing an array of theatrical styles and cultural references.

Unveiled on Broadway in 1997, the show has been seen by more than 70 million people across the world, translated into eight different languages including Japanese, German, Korean and Mandarin.

South African actress Gugwana Dlamini, who plays narrator Rafiki, sings in five different African languages. She said: “Julie Taymor did a lot of research in South Africa, and she brought African music and chants to the show.

“It’s a story about a young boy but it touches people in different ways. It has many elements – the costumes, the music, all the things happening on the stage at once. Children see something in it that is different to what adults see.”

With a cumulative gross in excess of five billion dollars, the stage production of The Lion King has earned more than the biggest films in movie history – more than the Lord Of The Rings trilogy combined, the six Star Wars films combined, and more than Avatar and Titanic, the two highest-grossing films ever, combined.

The Lion King won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Costume Design, and other awards include a Grammy and an Olivier Award.

The score is a fusion of Western music and the sounds and rhythms of Africa, from the Oscar-winning song Can You Feel The Love Tonight? to haunting ballad Shadowland. It includes Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from the animated film of The Lion King and three new songs, with additional music from Rhythm Of The Pride Lands, an album inspired by the original music in the film.

The Lion King runs at the Alhambra until May 10. Tickets are on (01274) 432000.

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6:44am Fri 21 Mar 14

nothereforlong says...

Nothing to do with THE Lion King, sure it'll be great and enjoyed by all who go to see it.

Do, however, have an issue with a trained journalist, trained sub-editor, trained web-site operatives and anyone else who glanced an eye over this story before it was put up as one of the banner stories on the website of the newspaper that represents our fair city on the internet, not spotting that THE word THE has been spellt wrongly. More than likely a typo but, this is not a drunken text message where sloppy typing is an amusing aside it's a website that people from far and wide will look at and might consider a trip to Bradford, to see something like THE Lion King thus putting much needed funds into the economy of this ailing city.

Difficult to spend your journalistic days criticising others for sloppy work+poor planning when things like the word THE being misspelt goes unchecked. Apologies for the rant.
Nothing to do with THE Lion King, sure it'll be great and enjoyed by all who go to see it. Do, however, have an issue with a trained journalist, trained sub-editor, trained web-site operatives and anyone else who glanced an eye over this story before it was put up as one of the banner stories on the website of the newspaper that represents our fair city on the internet, not spotting that THE word THE has been spellt wrongly. More than likely a typo but, this is not a drunken text message where sloppy typing is an amusing aside it's a website that people from far and wide will look at and might consider a trip to Bradford, to see something like THE Lion King thus putting much needed funds into the economy of this ailing city. Difficult to spend your journalistic days criticising others for sloppy work+poor planning when things like the word THE being misspelt goes unchecked. Apologies for the rant. nothereforlong
  • Score: 8

7:14am Fri 21 Mar 14

Albion. says...

nothereforlong wrote:
Nothing to do with THE Lion King, sure it'll be great and enjoyed by all who go to see it.

Do, however, have an issue with a trained journalist, trained sub-editor, trained web-site operatives and anyone else who glanced an eye over this story before it was put up as one of the banner stories on the website of the newspaper that represents our fair city on the internet, not spotting that THE word THE has been spellt wrongly. More than likely a typo but, this is not a drunken text message where sloppy typing is an amusing aside it's a website that people from far and wide will look at and might consider a trip to Bradford, to see something like THE Lion King thus putting much needed funds into the economy of this ailing city.

Difficult to spend your journalistic days criticising others for sloppy work+poor planning when things like the word THE being misspelt goes unchecked. Apologies for the rant.
It isn't the only dodgy headline either.
[quote][p][bold]nothereforlong[/bold] wrote: Nothing to do with THE Lion King, sure it'll be great and enjoyed by all who go to see it. Do, however, have an issue with a trained journalist, trained sub-editor, trained web-site operatives and anyone else who glanced an eye over this story before it was put up as one of the banner stories on the website of the newspaper that represents our fair city on the internet, not spotting that THE word THE has been spellt wrongly. More than likely a typo but, this is not a drunken text message where sloppy typing is an amusing aside it's a website that people from far and wide will look at and might consider a trip to Bradford, to see something like THE Lion King thus putting much needed funds into the economy of this ailing city. Difficult to spend your journalistic days criticising others for sloppy work+poor planning when things like the word THE being misspelt goes unchecked. Apologies for the rant.[/p][/quote]It isn't the only dodgy headline either. Albion.
  • Score: 2

10:23am Fri 21 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

nothereforlong wrote:
Nothing to do with THE Lion King, sure it'll be great and enjoyed by all who go to see it.

Do, however, have an issue with a trained journalist, trained sub-editor, trained web-site operatives and anyone else who glanced an eye over this story before it was put up as one of the banner stories on the website of the newspaper that represents our fair city on the internet, not spotting that THE word THE has been spellt wrongly. More than likely a typo but, this is not a drunken text message where sloppy typing is an amusing aside it's a website that people from far and wide will look at and might consider a trip to Bradford, to see something like THE Lion King thus putting much needed funds into the economy of this ailing city.

Difficult to spend your journalistic days criticising others for sloppy work+poor planning when things like the word THE being misspelt goes unchecked. Apologies for the rant.
I thnik you're takning this toooo seriosly.
[quote][p][bold]nothereforlong[/bold] wrote: Nothing to do with THE Lion King, sure it'll be great and enjoyed by all who go to see it. Do, however, have an issue with a trained journalist, trained sub-editor, trained web-site operatives and anyone else who glanced an eye over this story before it was put up as one of the banner stories on the website of the newspaper that represents our fair city on the internet, not spotting that THE word THE has been spellt wrongly. More than likely a typo but, this is not a drunken text message where sloppy typing is an amusing aside it's a website that people from far and wide will look at and might consider a trip to Bradford, to see something like THE Lion King thus putting much needed funds into the economy of this ailing city. Difficult to spend your journalistic days criticising others for sloppy work+poor planning when things like the word THE being misspelt goes unchecked. Apologies for the rant.[/p][/quote]I thnik you're takning this toooo seriosly. The Hoffster
  • Score: -3

10:38am Fri 21 Mar 14

pollywolly says...

I think charging £1 per ticket booking fee when you turn up at the office and pay cash is unfair. Surely the tickets are expensive enough to start with.
I think charging £1 per ticket booking fee when you turn up at the office and pay cash is unfair. Surely the tickets are expensive enough to start with. pollywolly
  • Score: 8

11:18am Fri 21 Mar 14

enicni says...

I was prepared to book tickets for myself and family until I saw the prices!!
Unfair to expect to pay £50+ for children especially when under 6 Really wanted to go but far too expensive - West End prices in Bradford :(((
I was prepared to book tickets for myself and family until I saw the prices!! Unfair to expect to pay £50+ for children especially when under 6 Really wanted to go but far too expensive - West End prices in Bradford :((( enicni
  • Score: 8

1:37pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Apollo says...

I bet it does not run for 7 weeks at those prices.

Bradford is a Third rate provincial city - not the West End. God only knows what anybody coming from outside of the city will make of the place.
I bet it does not run for 7 weeks at those prices. Bradford is a Third rate provincial city - not the West End. God only knows what anybody coming from outside of the city will make of the place. Apollo
  • Score: 0

1:39pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Joedavid says...

pollywolly wrote:
I think charging £1 per ticket booking fee when you turn up at the office and pay cash is unfair. Surely the tickets are expensive enough to start with.
Alhambra told me the theatre only gets the booking fee all the rest goes to the show.
If correct they not good managers.
[quote][p][bold]pollywolly[/bold] wrote: I think charging £1 per ticket booking fee when you turn up at the office and pay cash is unfair. Surely the tickets are expensive enough to start with.[/p][/quote]Alhambra told me the theatre only gets the booking fee all the rest goes to the show. If correct they not good managers. Joedavid
  • Score: 0

4:15pm Fri 21 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

Apollo wrote:
I bet it does not run for 7 weeks at those prices.

Bradford is a Third rate provincial city - not the West End. God only knows what anybody coming from outside of the city will make of the place.
The Eastern Europeans think it's Heaven on earth :)
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: I bet it does not run for 7 weeks at those prices. Bradford is a Third rate provincial city - not the West End. God only knows what anybody coming from outside of the city will make of the place.[/p][/quote]The Eastern Europeans think it's Heaven on earth :) The Hoffster
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Fri 21 Mar 14

pywaxthecat says...

What negivity from you all, poor you! I saw the show on first night, spectacular, a standing ovation, great music, costumes and stage set.

70 or so performances with 1000 plus attending each show all coming into the city centre. Well done Bradford Theatres for getting Lion King to the Alhambra in its centenary year.
What negivity from you all, poor you! I saw the show on first night, spectacular, a standing ovation, great music, costumes and stage set. 70 or so performances with 1000 plus attending each show all coming into the city centre. Well done Bradford Theatres for getting Lion King to the Alhambra in its centenary year. pywaxthecat
  • Score: 8

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