The Lion King is often unfairly simplified to being a take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Sure, it’s clearly inspired by the play, but it’s arguable that the Disney film has gone on to be a far more iconic tale than its inspirations. And the the stage adaptation does not let the original down.
While the story largely remains the same as the movie, a couple of new scenes and extensions of old ones are included, keeping the narrative fresh even for those capable of reciting dialogue from the movie off the top of their heads.
Add in to that a whole new bunch of songs by the magical Lebo M, partnered with Elton John, Tim Rice, and Hans Zimmer, and you’re witnessing a whole new show worthy of whole new memories.
While the acting and performances for a show of this scale (and age) is generally expected to be great, one can never really be prepared for the sheer brilliance of the execution behind the puppetry and costumes that transform the stage into an animated savannah!
The set design itself is quite possibly the most brilliant use of theatrics I have ever witnessed, from the Pride Lands to the lair of Scar, and even from the iconic Elephant Graveyard to the magical moment of adult Simba’s reunion with both Rafiki as well as his destiny.
Despite being an adaptation of a film, The Lion King deserves to stand on its own merits as an experience as the animation does.
With less than two months more of its stay here in Singapore, The Lion King is as experience every adult owes the child in them.
Tickets can be booked via Sistic for the following performances at the Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres @ Marina Bay Sands: Now to Sun, 26 Aug 2018 Tue – Fri: 7.30pm Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm Sun: 1pm & 6pm