The Lion King has announced it is setting out on a new tour of the UK and Ireland this year, as the musical celebrates 20 years in the West End.
The Lion King has toured the UK just once before, from 2012 to 2015, and a new production will open at the Bristol Hippodrome in September, moving on to Edinburgh’s Playhouse in December.
Further cities are yet to be announced.
The new tour coincides with the 20th anniversary of the West End production, which opened at the Lyceum Theatre in October 1999. The show will stage a special gala performance as part of a series of events and activities to celebrate its two decades in the West End.
Based on the Disney film of the same name, the stage production of The Lion King features songs from the film by Elton John and Tim Rice, as well as new music by Lebo M, director Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina.
The Lion King is directed by Taymor and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.