The Lion King Reviews
Annabel from london
A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED
I first saw lion king some years ago and loved it raved about it encouraged everyone to see it. I went to see it on Thursday night with my five year old daughter and my other daughter who first saw it when she was six. Myself and my daughter who had previously seen it were enjoying the show thoroughly until the adult Simba came on stage. His voice both speaking and singing was more suited to a Noel Coward play lion king is based in Africa and at one stage I wondered if this was a caucasian actor - I am hugely disappointed the rest of the cast resonated Africa but this actor is better suited to areas which are preferably not cultural bound as he seems to have lost his 'tone' the English language tones are very flat and this was direct evidence of mis casting someone in a massive role such as this. Having said that I will go and see it again once this actor has moved on and hopefully is replaced with someone who feels Africa and the story of lion king within their role.
Sam Smethurst from Cambridgeshire, England
A ROAR-SOME EXPERIENCE...
I anticipated this musical with much excitement and am glad to say, I was not disappointed. The production was exceptional. The cast, both in acting and singing, was phenomenal. The writing and directing was on point. The musical was sensational. I was impressed as a person can be and that was on top of all the hype this play has received. However, I have a couple critiques: - Half the new songs were incredible and the other half were not great. "He lives in you" is now one of my favourites and "Chow down" didn't seem to fit in my opinion. - George Asprey let me down a little - Scar is one of my favourite characters. He was the only person I recognised of the cast from a previous production and while he is an actor who knows his craft, this didn't seem like his role. He possessed the volume and ability but not the "evilness" and maliciousness that was so characterful with Jeremy Irons. All in all however, neither of these points could detract from the excellence that is The Lion King
EM from London
SHOW WAS BRILLIANT BUT THEATRE WAS FREEZING COLD
Although the show was amazing, we didn't enjoy it as much as we should have as we were wrapped up in our jackets and scarves due to the strong breeze blowing through us. When I asked about it I was told thats the way it is and they couldn't/wouldn't do anything about it. Consideing I paid £260 for 3 tickets this was very upsetting and I wouldn't go back to see another show in the Lyceum Theatre. Show itself was amazing though.
Sarah J from London, UK
MORE AVERAGE AS TIME GOES BY?
Everyone I know who's seen the Lion King on stage could not sing its praises enough. Everyone I know (including me) watched and loved the film as a child. So it was with a heavy heart that I found myself comparing the two throughout the show, and finding the show wanting. There are two reasons I might give for this disappointment which may make you dismiss this review. The first is I was sitting right at the back of the Grand Circle - I could, therefore see all the stage-workings, and it lost a lot of impact from this angle. Still I paid £30 for a ticket! In my opinion, if the show is substandard from a seat, you shouldn't allow people to sit there: it's about quality and brand management. So my first advice is pay for the more expensive tickets if you're going to go at all. The second reason you might dismiss me, is that I consider the film to have been miles better. I can hear you already - well, it's a stage production, things have to change to make it work (Continued in next post)
Sarah J from Anytown, AT 55555
That's true. And many of the ways in which it was adapted were brilliant, especially from the perspective of set-design. I actually really enjoyed the "Lionesses' Hunt", and many of the new numbers which added flavour to the setting. HOWEVER other additions, and interpretations of the original material, ended up giving the production the subtlety of a slap to the face, and ran dangerously-close to amateur. What was the point of Timon falling in the river, except to point out something which the actor had failed to convey in the stars scene: that Simaba's begining to feel uneasy at being care-free, that he's yearning to fill the gap which should've been filled by his destiny. What was the point of Scar morphing into Judge Claude Frollo to lust after young Nala, when Nala could've easily decided to hell with his politics, I'm going to look for help? The wilderbeast scene (probably for health and safety reasons) lacked any visceral quality (cont. in following post)
Sarah J from London, UK
(CONTINUED REVIEW PART 3) MORE AVERAGE AS TIME GOES BY...
Anyway... I guess I should wrap up. It's not all bad. The dancing and singing is brilliant, even if I disliked many of the banally obvious lyrics in the English-language additions. I'm sure you could enjoy this show for what it is: a West End adaptation of a Broadway musical via Disney. But for anyone looking for the depth which is present in the film, you'll be disappointed. If the script is as deeply ingrained in your head as it is mine, you'll find it jarring, and at times, a poor replica. If however, you love spectacles, over-heart-wrenching power tunes beautifully sung, and you can barely remember the film, I'm sure this show-stopper will push all the right buttons and leave you well pleased. Even so, I can't help feeling that the actors and production as a whole, have gotten a little too cosy with their success. Whether subconsciously or not, I felt they were in too much of a hurry to get the job done, and perhaps that's just a sign that a show's been on for too long.
Basia from London, England
SAVE YOUR MONEY
I'v seen the show before, it was incredible. I took my family to see it this January and we all left pretty disappointed. The entire time we had a feeling that the show was incredibly rushed, the actors barely allowed each other to finish their line before speaking over each other. Young Nala and Simba need a few singing lessons before being cast in a show of this scale, there were moments when you couldn't even make out their speech. Some of the added jokes like 'this looks like a primary sheet' just seem out of place. The costume design and dancers were still as amazing as ever, but the acting seemed half arsed, and the entire show we felt like the actors couldn't wait to just get the show done and over with and go home.
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Bringing such an epic landscape to life on the stage is quite a feat of creative skill that has yet to be matched anywhere else on stage.
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