Lion King Uk Tour - Further Dates?
Posted 05 March 2012 - 03:40 AM
What about Plymouth as a possible venue? Both Mary Poppins and Oliver! did Plymouth for their UK tour and it's big enough to host big musicals.
Dublin I think would be very likely for TLK and for Disney to present the Irish premiere of TLK would be a big deal.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 05:57 AM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:19 AM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:32 AM
I had heard from a fairly reliable source a Wicked tour was planned 2013/14. they also said about Lion King and that turned out to be true hence why im going with Wicked. I suspect WOZ set will be shipped to Toronto
Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:03 PM
I do wonder if Disney will move it to a smaller theatre in the future if a new show needs a theatre like the Lyceum, they've done it with Lion King on Broadway to make way for Mary Poppins and also Beauty and the Beast to make way for Aida.
Going off-topic, if Newsies is a hit on Broadway, I wonder if it'll transfer here in 2013/2014?
Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:17 PM
Yeah - you don't need a marvel detector to spot that shipment coming a mile off! There's also no way Wizard of Oz would tour with that set, considering how much structural work they had to do at the Palladium for it to work. In fact - the news of Toronto opening is probably the one firm nail in coffin we've got as to the London production's future.
Phantom has had tours of sorts before where it sat down at a venue for 3/6 months before moving on within the UK but they didn't have many stops (enough to satisfy the Northerners I suspect before pulling efforts firmly back on their London mounts). I don't think Les Mis ever toured in the UK before the 25th bash though.
The thing is The Lion King is still packing the Lyceum out with no need to discount, at the moment only that and Matilda are regularly doing so (they didn't discount for GILT), so no - there's no risk of it having a major impact on London at the moment. Though like you said, Disney are known to pull firm money spinners to throw in other productions they want to stage. So, who knows - perhaps this is one big way of saying "The Lion King is leaving London in a couple of years time, but we're going to get it on tour first so it doesn't look like an afterthought". Who knows.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:30 PM
I expect The Lion King to downsize and move theatres before they close it in London, if it is still packing the audiences then why close? Poppins closed but sales had fallen and I think the decision to close and tour was Cameron Mackintosh rather than Disney, the Broadway production of Poppins is still running but I suspect it'll close when Disney wants the New Amsterdam for a big show. They've got a lot of things in development after a quiet few years such as Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Freaky Friday, Dumbo and Father of the Bride although some of the titles like Freaky Friday are being developed for licensing purposes rather than Broadway or London.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:14 PM
Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:22 PM
Les Mis toured the UK from 1992 to 1994 - when I say toured, it played Manchester, Dublin and Edinburgh. From memory, it was in Manchester for about a year; Dublin for around 3 months; and Edinburgh about 5 months. It then toured again from about 1997 to 1999, doing 2 or 3 months stops at more venues across the UK. Then there was the 25th anniversary tour.
Again from memory, Phantom has had the same number of tours, and seems to have followed the same pattern as Les Mis (in terms of length of stays / venues).
Posted 09 March 2012 - 11:31 PM
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