The Lion King is set to surpass the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line to become the fifth longest-running show in Broadway history when it plays its 6138th performance tomorrow (August 15) at 2 p.m. at the Minskoff Theatre.
In April, it became the all-time highest-grossing show on Broadway, surpassing Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s The Phantom of The Opera.
Translated into seven different languages, the show has been performed in 15 different countries on five continents. The Lion King can currently be seen in New York City, on stages across North America, on tour in Japan, and in Tokyo, London’s West End, Hamburg and Madrid. It is to embark on a UK tour later this year.
Launching from Bristol Hippodrome, The Lion King will play an 11-week season from September 6 (previews from August 31) to the 17th of November, travelling to the Palace Theatre in Manchester for Christmas, opening December 6 (previews from December 1) and run through until March 31, 2013.
Producers Disney Theatrical Group announced several months ago that the The Lion King would tour with a company of 52 to ten cities in the UK and Ireland over the next two and a half years.
Dates and locations for engagements past Manchester into 2013 have yet to be finalised.