Shrek and Lion King both head to Spain

Laura Edgecumbe-Ansdel

DreamWorks and Disney are to go head to head in Madrid’s theatreland this autumn, with openings of both The Lion King and Shrek planned for the Spanish capital.

Disney Theatrical’s Spanish language stage production of The Lion King debuts in Spain at Madrid’s Lope de Vega Theatre on October 21, 2011. The musical, which is adapted from the 1994 Disney film and premiered on Broadway in 1997, has sold 54 million tickets worldwide.

Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor, who first brought The Lion King to the stage, will be overseeing artistic direction for the Madrid show.

Meanwhile, Shrek the Musical, the stage adaption based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, also makes its Spanish debut at Madrid’s Nuevo Apolo Theatre from September 21, 2011. David Lindsay-Abaire’s musical, which first played Broadway in December 2008, is translated into Spanish by Theatre Properties – producer of other Spanish adapted Broadway hits Peter Pan and Annie. Artistic director Tomas Padilla leads the creative team which includes Juanjo Molina as musical director and Lamberto Garcia as choreographer.

The UK verison of Shrek the Musical is due to open at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on June 14, where it will also be playing nearby the West End production of The Lion King, which is already running at the Lyceum Theatre.

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