The Lion King's London home, the Lyceum Theatre, has been flooded
Updated on 13 May 2020
"This is the morning report." Last night (11 May 2020), the orchestra pit located in the basement of the Lyceum Theatre was flooded by about 12 feet (4 metres) in depth. The London Fire Brigade spent the whole night in Covent Garden trying to pump out the water. Home to Disney's The Lion King musical since 1999, the popular West End venue could have hardly "been prepared" for this.
Lyceum Theatre takes on 4 metres of water!
London's Lyceum Theatre, which is located opposite Waterloo Bridge, reported having been flooded around 9pm on Monday night (11 May 2020). A video released online showed water being pumped away from the theatre with a number of firefighting vehicles parked outside.
The cause of the flood is currently unknown. Performances of The Lion King have been suspended since 16 March to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
(Updated 12 May @ 1pm): The venue has seen a significant water level reduction.
The Lion King extends its West End run!
There's no doubt fans of The Lion King are dreaming of returning to the Pride Lands as soon as the West End reopens. The London production of the hit Disney musical has, therefore, extended its booking period through to 3 October 2021 in an open-ended run!
The show has been dazzling audiences since the late '90s and shows no signs of throwing in the towel any time soon. And now you have even more time to follow the herd and see what all the buzz has been about these past two decades!
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