What better way to spend your evening in Londons great West End than to treat yourselves to a couple of Lion King tickets or Billy Elliot tickets.
If youd like to know how director Julie Taymor managed to turn a spectacular animated film into an award smashing and hugely successful musical then Lion King tickets are a must. The director is hands on and is involved with what seems like every single stage of the production. She wrote some of the music and lyrics, designed costumes and assisted with the design of masks and props. It makes you wonder if she ever have time to sleep. This real hands on approach from Julie Taymor has paid off and the Lion King has achieved a staggering 24 awards so far.
If you would prefer some 1980s nostalgia and a step back in time then it has to be Billy Elliot tickets. A story that most of us are familiar with and in fact many of us witnessed and lived through, set at a time when Margaret Thatcher PM battled with the miners union and the unemployment rate soared. The director Stephen Daldry manages to bring Billy Elliot to life on stage, its harsh and its real, as the1980s were for so many.
Elton John and Tim Rice are responsible for most of the music in the Lion King, but another musician that youll probably be familiar with is Hans Zimmer. The most memorable songs, and ones youre more than likely to be familiar with, are Circle of Life and He Lives in You.
Visually stunning and exciting, great puppets and props splashed with colour and an impressive cast only add to this great night out.
Elton John is also responsible for the music, along with Lee Hall for the lyrics, in Billy Elliot the Musical and although none are particularly memorable they compliment each stage of the story well. It may be a feel good musical, but it doesnt start off that way with Billys mother already dead, his father and brother picketing at the coal mine where they work, his grandmother with dementia and on top of that he has to endure boxing lessons at his fathers insistence.
Billy soon discovers a dancing class at the same community centre and, desperate to express himself in an unhappy culture, miserable decade and sad life, he enrols on to it. Dancing in the United Kingdom in the 1980s was unacceptable for boys and so the fun begins.
Some of the props are fantastic, especially the giant Margaret Thatcher on stage with a number of smaller Margaret Thatchers moving around her, sure to invoke smiles and laughs from the audience.
The director Julie Taymor has stuck with the Lion King since its very beginning on Broadway in November 1997 and the show has been a sell out for every single performance since then. Now at the Lyceum Theatre, bookings are being taken up until the 30th September 2012 online via websites like ticket.com and its award list alone makes Lion King tickets a must for you, your partner, family and friends.
If you fancy a step back in time, a feel good evening and perhaps a history lesson for your children then Billy Elliot tickets are for you, at the Victoria Place Theatre, bookings are being taken up until 15th December 2012.