Lion King reveals West End show grossed £38m in 2012

The Lion King. Photo: Deen van Meer
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The West End production of Disney’s The Lion King grossed more than £38 million in 2012 marking the eighth consecutive year that it has broken its box office record, according to its producers.

It took £38.6 million, which was £900,000 more than 2011, when the show grossed £37.7 million.

The West End show took around £34 million in 2010 and more than £32 million in 2009.

Audience numbers reached almost 800,000 last year at London's Lyceum Theatre where the show is running.

However, producers confirmed that attendance levels were down slightly in 2012 compared to other years, due to “a shrinkage in the groups market,” which they said was part of a “wider West End trend”.

David Schrader, executive vice-president and managing director of the Disney Theatrical Group, said: “We continue to be humbled and thrilled by the way London audiences embrace Julie Taymor’s [director and co-designer] extraordinary production. For a musical to achieve its highest gross in its 13th year is almost unparalleled – let alone in a year where other major events dominated the capital.”