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The Lion King

Friday, November 14, 2003
The Lion King has been entrancing audiences all over the world since it opened on Broadway in 1997. Now it's in Sydney!

The Lion King has been entrancing audiences all over the world since it opened on Broadway in 1997. By May 30 this year, The Lion King has been seen by more than 17.6 million people, with sell-out productions in London, Tokyo, Toronto, Hamburg and Los Angeles.

There are more than 232 puppets in the show, including rod puppets, shadow puppets and full-sized puppets.

There are 25 kinds of animals, birds, fish and insects represented in the show, and 27 kite birds. Masks are made from carbon graphite which is tough and lightweight. It took 37,000 hours to build the puppets and masks, the latter taking 340 kgs of silicone rubber in their making.

The tallest animals in the show are the 5 ½ metre giraffes and the tiniest is a 12 cm trick mouse on the end of scar’s cane. By far the longest are the elephants – they come in at 3.5 metres long, 3.5 metres high and 2.7 metres wide at the ears. They collapse to just 86 cms to make their way down the theatre aisles.

There are eleven principals and an ensemble of 35 singers wearing a colourful array of masks and costumes. There are around 148 people at work behind the scenes making sure everything goes ahead without a hitch.

The film music score has been expanded and features fifteen musical numbers. The score is a fusion of western popular music and the sounds and rhythms of Africa. Eight songs were written by Elton John and Tim Rice – five were featured in the film.

If you fancy a stylish dinner before going to the theatre, or just feel like a cocktail or coffee, why not visit The Cube Café. It opened in March this year and serves cuisine with an Australasian influence. There a two menus – one casual and one a la carte. House specialities include braised duck spring rolls and marinated lamb.

Pre-theatre dining includes a two-course meal and a glass of wine for $33 per person and you aren’t limited to a set menu. You can choose from either menu with a combination of entrée and main course or main course and dessert. After the show you can enjoy a six duck spring rolls with every two cocktails purchased.

The Capital Thai restaurant offers a classic/modern dining room and food from four regions of Thailand. They have a pre-theatre menu which includes four main courses with rice and a glass of house wine.


Sydney’s Capitol Theatre


The Lion King tickets cost between $40.50 and $99.50 until May 2004.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

The Capitol Theatre
13 Campbell Street, Haymarket
Ph: 1300 855 445

Cube Café
550 George Street, Sydney 2000
Ph: 02 9264 4446 F: 02 9264 4448

Capital Thai Restaurant
21a Campbell Street, Haymarket
Ph: 02 9211 1130 F: 02 9211 8884

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