Monday 20 June 2011


Disney is celebrating the UK premiere of its epic masterpiece, The Lion King, in dazzling Disney Digital 3D, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on 25th June by staging a very special performance of ‘The Circle of Life’ from London’s award winning stage production The Lion King. There will also be some Disney fun to kick off the day as the lion cubs will be treated to face painting, Disney’s Streetmosphere performers, competitions and more!

This not to be missed event for the whole family will culminate with the first screening of the Pride of Disney, The Lion King, at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Saturday 25 June at 2pm; tickets for this spectacular event are on sale now at or via the box office on 0131 228 2688.

Around the world The Lion King stage production has been seen by over 55 million people, has performed in 14 countries and been translated into 7 different languages. Now in its 12th year at London’s Lyceum’s theatre, the show remains one of the West End’s most popular musicals. Actress Browne Lindiwe Mkhize, who plays baboon ‘Rafiki’, will give a very special solo performance of ‘Circle of Life’, the song that, as well as being the first song in the film and show, embodies the central themes of enduring family and friendship.

For the first time, the jewel in Disney’s animated crown has been brought to life like never before and will debut to a new generation of fans, in dazzling 3D, at Edinburgh’s beautiful Festival Theatre, allowing the audience to enjoy this critically acclaimed and universally beloved classic like never before, ahead of its general release on 14th October.

An unforgettable story, breathtaking animation, beloved characters and award-winning music set the stage for the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who “just can't wait to be king.” But his envious Uncle Scar has plans for his own ascent to the throne, and he forces Simba's exile from the kingdom. Alone and adrift, Simba soon joins the escapades of a hilarious meerkat named Timon and his warm-hearted warthog pal, Pumbaa. Adopting their carefree lifestyle of “Hakuna Matata,” Simba ignores his real responsibilities until he realises his destiny and returns to the Pride Lands to claim his place in the “Circle of Life.”
Hitting UK cinemas October 14, 2011

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