Disney's The Lion King visits Edinburgh in cinema exhibition alongside Playhouse show

By Culture24 Reporter | 17 October 2013

Outfits, masks, puppets, sketches, original models and films from the various incarnations of The Lion King, the Disney blockbuster which has been seen by more than 70 million people in eight different countries, are being revealed to fans in Edinburgh as the stage version of the story arrives in the Scottish capital.

A photo of a man with a sculpture of an African bird on his head inside an art gallery
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Complete costumes and maquettes are among the highlights at the City Art Centre. The show reveals how director and designer Julie Taymor and her creative team have brought Simba and friends to theatrical life since being entrusted with the dramatisation following the success of the 1994 cinema original.

A photo of a man with a sculpture of a bird on his head
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“There’s been a huge amount of excitement surrounding the arrival of Disney’s musical,” says Richard Lewis, of the City of Edinburgh Council, calling the exhibition “the perfect complement” to the 15-week run at the city’s Playhouse.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to see the beautiful costumes and puppets up close.”

Translated in eight different languages, the show is currently touring in Brazil, Europe, North America and Japan.

  • Exploring the Lion King is at the City Art Centre until January 12 2014.
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