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Lion King sets new record for West End takings

Date Posted: 05/01/11

Lion King sets new record for West End takings

The Lyceum theatre production of the Lion King has set a new record for the highest takings in West End history.

It is the second year in a row that the show has topped box office figures, with those seeking theatre breaks paying £34 million in total to see the Disney musical.

This breaks 2009's record, where fans of Simba, Timon and Pumbaa splashed out £32 million to see the production.

In the last 12 months alone, 820,000 people went to see the show, while more than nine million have now snapped up tickets since it opened at the Lyceum 11 years ago.

Mhora Samuel, director of the Theatres Trust, said: "It's one of the few big shows in the West End that suits every member of a family, even very small children. The success of The Lion King shows that the West End could probably do with more shows for that audience."

Since starting in London, productions of Lion King now run in other countries, including Germany, the US and Japan.

Posted by Becky Spence

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