The Lion King celebrations were in full swing at Great Ormond Street Hospital recently, culminating in a spectacular visit from the London musical’s main cast, in their stunning costumes.
Screenings of all The Lion King
animated feature films were shown across the hospital network, along with an educational film to give patients a virtual backstage tour of Disney’s acclaimed musical. The Lion King
themed activity sheets and a competition on the hospital’s radio station Radio Lollipop provided further entertainment for patients.
One visit included a special performance, ward visits and a sing-along session with patients and their families. Principal actors from the West End production including Andile Gumbi (Simba), Carole Stennett (Nala), Lindwe Mkhize (Rafiki), Shaun Escoffery (Mufasa), George Asprey (“Scar”), Damien Baldet (Timon), Keith Bookman (Pumbaa) and Stephen Matthews (Zazu), performed in full costume for groups of excited patients, families and staff at the hospital.
The cast then split into two teams, with half leading an enthusiastic sing-along for younger patients in the school’s activity centre and the other half visiting the wards to ensure no patients missed out.
The London production of The Lion King
has been running since 1999 and has been a huge critical and commercial success. It’s been seen by almost 10 million people in the UK and 60 million people worldwide, making it one of the most successful productions in theatre history.
The cast previously visited the hospital in 2010 and left with such great memories that they felt they had to return. The visit was part of The Walt Disney Company’s ongoing partnership with the charity to entertain and engage the hospital’s young patients. A huge thank you to the amazing cast for taking the time to visit and providing a moment of musical wonder for patients, parents and staff alike.