The Lyceum Theatre has welcomed more than 10 million people to The Lion King since it opened in 1999. The production has delighted audiences for over a decade with its dazzling costumes and puppetry, breaking box office records along the way. It also happens to be one of celebrities’ favourite shows to see in London, and many famous faces have been seen in the Lyceum stalls over the years. Here’s a look back at some of The Lion King‘s famous guests:
- The Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, attended the tenth anniversary of The Lion King in London in 2009.
- Former UK First Lady Cherie Blair saw the show on the same night.
- Also attending the anniversary was James Earl Jones, who provided the voice for the role of Mufasa in the original Disney film. He was appearing in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in the West End at the time and was joined by fellow cast members Phylicia Rashad, Adrian Lester, and Sanaa Lathan.
- TV stylist Gok Wan made it along to the anniversary too, and found no one in the cast in need of a makeover given the fantastic comments.
- Former cast members also made it to the gala, including singer Javine Hylton, Vanessa White of the girl group The Saturdays, and rapper Master Shortie.
- Rounding out the anniversary celebrations were comedian Justin Lee Collins, singer Beverley Knight, TV house hunter Phil Spencer, and model Lisa Snowdon.
- Michelle Obama took daughters Sasha and Malia along to The Lion King during a visit to London in 2009. Dad Barack was tending to affairs back in Washington.
- Tom Daley celebrated his bronze medal in diving after the Olympics by seeing the show in August.