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John/Rice Musical is Headed Back to The Palace Next Year

Written by Chief Editor.

The Lion King will return to Manchester, England - after a record-breaking run of shows in 2012.

The family show played an incredible 166 sold out performances to 322,000 people when it was last at the Palace Theatre.

Now, bosses have revealed to the Evening News that it will return for another five week run from January 17, 2015. Tickets go on sale in September.

The musical, based on the animated Disney movie with classics from Elton and Tim Rice, was credited with bringing a whole new audience to the theatre in Manchester.

It also proved a tourism boost for the city, with hoteliers and restaurateurs reaping the benefit to the tune of £15m during the 21-week run.

The success of the Manchester run led to the Walt Disney Company presenting a special lioness mask from the production to the Palace, which remains on display in the foyer.

Sarah Bleasdale, General Manager of the Palace Theatre, said: “Having The Lion King at the Palace Theatre for 166 sold out performances was a truly memorable experience for us as a venue, and for our audiences who embraced and championed the award-winning production.

“We’re so proud and excited that Disney will be back in January for a second visit following huge public demand, which will allow people who missed out last time to experience this phenomenal show, or others the chance to see it again.

“We look forward to welcoming The Lion King back to Manchester for what we know will be another wonderful run.”