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Royal Variety show for Lion King

14 November 08 12:07 GMT

The cast of the stage musical Lion King will mark the show's 10th year in London by appearing at the Royal Variety Performance in December.

It is the first time a West End show has been asked to return to the Royal event, after appearing in 1999.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will also record a special Christmas edition of Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night to mark the anniversary.

The programme, dedicated to Disney music, will be broadcast on Boxing Day.

It will bring together stars of the West End and Broadway.

The Lion King opened to popular and critical acclaim in 1999 and remains one of the most sought-after tickets in the West End.

It is best known for its award-winning score, written by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice, and its elaborate costumes.

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