Lion King Returns

Jan 14 2019 | By More

Playhouse Christmas dates for Lion King

The Lion King is to return to the Edinburgh Playhouse this December 2019, running over the Christmas period at the venue where it had its Scottish premiere six years ago.

The dates are the first to be announced in the second UK tour of the smash hit show, which is kicking off at the Bristol Hippodrome in September.

Disney’s The Lion King. Pic: Deen van Meer

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King is a “thunderous spectacle of live theatre”, according to our 2013 review.

It “sweeps out from the stage into the audience, drawing them into the anthropomorphised world of Simba, the lion prince who returns from self-imposed exile to claim his kingdom.”

The audience engagement was so important that the Playhouse was reconfigured so that elephants and other assorted pachyderms could lumber down the aisle and straight onto the stage, animals snarled as they padded past the audience and exotic birds swirled over head.

Announcing the visit, with tickets going on sale in March, Colin Marr the Theatre Director at the Playhouse said: “We are incredibly excited to have Disney’s The Lion King return to the Playhouse.

blown away

“I saw it for the first time in London recently and was blown away by the size and scale of the production. It’s an incredibly exciting show – a great spectacle but with brilliant humour too. I can’t wait to see it on our stage.

“The previous visit had a huge impact on the city attracting hundreds and thousands of visitors and generating millions of pounds for the local economy,” he continued.

” As the only Scottish venue, we are looking forward to welcoming audiences of all ages from Edinburgh, the rest of Scotland and internationally.”

Tickets for the December 2019 Edinburgh Playhouse dates of The Lion King will go on sale in March.  Tickets for the Bristol Hippodrome dates in September will go on sale in February.


The Lion King
Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA.
December 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed).
Evenings: 7.30pm; matinees 2.30pm. (expected)
Tickets on general sale from 8am Wednesday 6 March 2019: Book here.
Priority booking from 10am Tuesday 5 March 2019: Click here.

The OCR of the musical and the original Lion King movie on DVD are available from Amazon:


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  1. Denise Fitzharris says:

    Can you tell me when tickets go on sale thanks

    • Thom Dibdin says:

      Tickets go on sale in March Denise…
      Sorry to be so vague, but they haven’t announced a specific date yet, just “March”.
      We’ll carry a news story as soon as we know anything more specific!

  2. Myra Dipper says:

    I am interested in this too. We saw the tour in Manchester twice, have seen the show in London once and Edinburgh once. Two of those were Autism friendly for my daughter who has ASD. I am looking to book either Bristol in September but more likely Edinburgh for December
    Looking forward to further press release and being able to book tickets in March.