One of the world’s most recognisable musicals, Disney classic The Lion King continues to dazzle 28 years on. The tale of a lion cub destined for greatness but devastated by tragedy is of Shakespearean proportions. With a track list hummed and belted out by many, the show is one of those rare gems that hits the mark. Seeking inspiration from the much loved classic, Proud Embankment offer a a cheeky, modern rendition of the show with adaptation Lion Queen – an immersive drag brunch drawing on the classic’s animistic feature.
An experience spanning the afternoon, the way in which you encounter the event completely depends on the package purchased, our VIP option starting off with bottomless Prosecco and a two-course meal consisting of a beautifully seasoned and cooked chicken burger with fries and a moorish chocolate brownie to finish. Additional extras and drinks are available to purchase if needs be. The meal, accompanied by a catalogue of well known classics sung by a member of the troupe, before crocodile attired MC Boss Coxall starts the afternoon’s proceedings, an outgoing, personable air that carries the playful cabaret show, settles and welcomes the crowd.
An afternoon filled with burlesque, commercial, song and global inspired contemporary dance enliven Proud Embankment, their trademark style of hosting a vivacious line up consisting of London’s boldest talents, something that entertains. Loosely playing on The Lion King’s premise, the show’s tongue in cheek tone captures the playfulness of the animal kingdom, monkeys, big cats, a Rafiki-inspired adorning the stage and interacting with the crowd. A venue that celebrates the ability to host live performance and bring people together, Lion Queen taps into the need at present to boost morale, an upbeat option for the festive season if you’re looking for a party-type event to go to.
Review written by Lucy Basaba.
Lion Queen is currently showing at Proud Embankment until Saturday 28th October 2023. To find out more about the production, visit here…