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The Lion King Returns to Edinburgh!

The Edinburgh Playhouse, Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland has today announced that the award-winning musical THE LION KING will return to the Edinburgh in December 2019, the only Scottish dates on the second UK and Ireland tour.

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The tour coincides with THE LION KING celebrating 20 years at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 15 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production and the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

Colin Marr, Theatre Director, the Edinburgh Playhouse said: “We are incredibly excited to have Disney’s THE LION KING return to the Playhouse. 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.  As the only Scottish venue, we are looking forward to welcoming audiences of all ages from Edinburgh, the rest of Scotland and internationally.”

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The first tour of THE LION KING which ran from 2012 – 2015 broke box office records at the Edinburgh Playhouse with a 15 week sell-out season playing to more than 325,000 people, 60% first time visitors to the venue with 29% from Edinburgh postcodes.

The Christmas slot at The Edinburgh Playhouse is a legendary with the biggest and best of the west end seeking to fill the Greenside Place venues massive house. The Lion King which brings together the very best creatives from the musical theatre word and promises to be the ultimate festive treat.

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So Edinburgh get ready, The biggest show of all time is getting ready to Roar its way back into Scotland!

Disney presents The Lion King, Edinburgh Playhouse, December 2019

Tickets will go on sale in March 2019. Fans can sign up for priority access to tickets at


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