Yesterday I went to Sunderland and met up with Amy, for the main purpose of going to see The Lion King. It was something Amy had been given 2 tickets for and she very kindly offered for me to be her plus one.
I left the house at just gone 10am and with a quick stop at Tesco for some cash, I set off on my two and a half hour journey. The day was pretty dreary and about an hour in, it started to rain. The window screen wipers gave me a hell of a headache but aside from that, the journey was pretty good. I arrived at The Bridges shopping centre at about 1am and after figuring out where I was, I text Amy to meet up. We headed straight for Starbucks to get a coffee and a sandwich, before hitting both The Disney Store and Primark before the show. We made our way to the Empire Theatre where the Lion King was being show and found our seats in the Dress Circle.
The show began now long after we were seated and honestly it was fantastic. I’m going to say something that will be frowned upon I’m sure – but in my opinion, The Lion King is a very overrated Disney animated film. It is probably one of my least favourite movies and because of that, I’ve never really been interested in seeing the stage production. However, theatre is something I absolutely love and adore and right from the curtain up, I was pulled into the show. From the very first scene – The Circle of Life – I felt very emotional. The scenery, sets, costumes, music and EVERYTHING, is really just spectacular. Though the pace at times felt a little bit slow, the majority of additional bits (i.e. not in the movie) were very good, though I did find the odd song here and there a bit tedious. I cried when Mufasa died and I cried when Nala and Simba were falling in love and finally I cried again when Simba went back home to take his rightful place. The whole show was incredibly moving and emotional and I was pleased to have taken the opportunity to go and see it.
As a blogger its always a little bit disappointing when you aren’t allowed to take pictures of things you enjoy, but at the same time I can appreciate why they ask you not to in the theatre. However the sets and costumes are really something that photographs wouldn’t do justice too anyway as you really just have to see it all in action. I bought both the program and the souvenir brochure, so that I can remember the day, but I’m sure I’ll be taking the kids in the future. Amy and I also bought ourselves a Lion King cup which we had our Diet Pepsi in at the interval.
All in all, the show was amazing. Special mentions must go out to Scar, Zazu and Timon, as they were my personal favourites. However Young Nala, Mufasa, Pumbaa and Simba all deserve a mention too. The cast was incredible, as was the music. Really, I can’t speak highly enough about the show!
Finally, when the production finished, Amy and I headed outside and back to the Shopping Centre. Everything was beginning to close so we went back to my car, dumped all my bags and then paid for my parking ticket. We said goodbye, though its nice to know it wouldn’t be too long before we saw each other again, then went our separate ways. I drove the majority of the way home in one go and thankfully it didn’t rain the whole way. However I stopped at some services about an hour from home and grabbed an M&S salad for dinner. Finally I headed home, getting in at about 9.15pm – where I just went straight to put my pyjamas on and make a cup of tea.
It was an incredibly tiring day but it was really brilliant. There really is nothing quite like seeing a show at the theatre and every time I go and see one, it just gives me the bug to go and see more. If anyone has any recommendations (except Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Blood Brothers, Starlight Express, Grease, and probably some others I’ve missed) I’d love to hear them.