DISNEY UK has announced that its award-winning production of The Lion King will arrive at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre from July 11 this year.

The show will reside at the venue for nine weeks as part of the show's record-breaking tour of the UK and Ireland, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the global phenomenon in their local theatre.

Four years in the making, this truly international production brings together a cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers, from 18 different countries, supported by a backstage team of over 100 people.

The touring production is the biggest musical production ever to tour the UK. With hundreds of masks, puppets and more than 700 elaborate costumes representing 26 different types of animal, 23 giant trucks are used to transport everything across the country.

Fiona Thomas, Vice President of Live Entertainment for The Walt Disney Company EMEA, said “We are delighted to be bringing Disney’s THE LION KING to the magnificent Mayflower Theatre in Southampton."

The acclaimed stage adaptation of Disney’s 1994 film was first seen on Broadway in 1997, where it recently became the highest grossing show in Broadway history.

The production has now been seen by over 70 million people across six continents and the acclaimed West End production continues to sell out at London’s Lyceum Theatre in its 15th triumphant year.

See The Lion King in the Mayflower Theatre from July 11 until September 6.  

Tickets go on general sale on Monday January 27 from 9.30am via 02380 711811 or mayflower.org.uk.