Marking 25 years since its Broadway premiere, the world famous Disney’s The Lion King musical will make its Middle East debut in the UAE capital and provide theatre fans from across the region with an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy its award-winning production in Abu Dhabi.
Since its debut in 1997, the musical has entertained nearly 110 million people worldwide. This time, premiering for the first time in Abu Dhabi, it will begin its 4-week run, with previews on November 16 and 17 and opening night on November 18 at Etihad Arena, Yas Island. The show will run until December 10.
Having garnered huge acclaim worldwide with permanent residences in New York, London, Madrid, and Tokyo, the show in Abu Dhabi will represent a historic stop for the highest-grossing Broadway production of all-time.
“Director Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team first brought The Lion King to the stage in a stunning production 25 years ago, and this production brings that vision to thrilling life at every performance,” says Thomas Schumacher, President & Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions.
Schumacher adds it is a joy to bring The Lion King to the Middle East for the first time in the show’s history and cannot wait for fans to join them in Abu Dhabi.
“To be able to share the joy of Julie Taymor’s vision and bring The Lion King to Abu Dhabi for the first time is thrilling. This world-class production features an international company representing 19 nationalities. I am excited that Abu Dhabi audiences will be able to enjoy this truly authentic Broadway experience, acclaimed all over the world, for the very first time in this spectacular venue,” says Michael Cassel, Producer and Chief Executive Officer.
Brought to the UAE by Proactiv, in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Miral – Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations and experiences, the long-running adaptation of Disney’s popular 1994 animated film is a coming-of age tale of a young lion prince forced to mature quickly when his father dies and an avaricious uncle attempts to claim the young prince’s birth-right.
Saleh Mohamed Saleh Al Geziry, Director General of Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi says that the UAE capital is further elevating its exciting calendar of events this year by attracting a Broadway show of this magnitude to the destination.
“This truly is an exciting event, and we can’t wait to host the wonderful and award-winning The Lion King here on Yas Island for the first time in the region. The musical will not only move the audience with its emotional story, but it will also boost the ever-evolving entertainment offering available at Yas Island and will reinforce its position as a top global destination for entertainment and leisure,” said Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral.
Winner of more than 70 global theatrical awards, including six Tony awards, a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album, and Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Costume Design, The Lion King will run on weekdays and weekends with two performances per day on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Etihad Arena will be specially configured into an intimate setting to ensure a theatre-like experience. Ticket prices start from AED 200 and will be sold exclusively through Platinum List and etihadarena.ae. Royal and VIP tickets will be available on the floor offering the best view and most intimate experience.