The multi-award-winning stage musical The Lion King has today announced (June 6) that it will be extending its run in Manchester. 

The show now has a seven-week run starting on October 27 2022 and ending on February 19 2023.

The show was originally set to end ahead of Christmas with a final date of performance of December 24, but will now go past Valentine's Day. 

The news comes as the show celebrates its 20 millionth guest in the UK, with the production now being seen by over 110 million people in 100 cities across the world. 

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The spellbinding show marries puppetry (there are 232 puppets in every show) and costumes with a huge cast of actors to bring Simba’s tale to life.

Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, said: "We are delighted to welcome Disney's sensational musical The Lion King back to Manchester.

"A major international show of this calibre and popularity delivers enormous benefits to our hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

"The return of iconic production The Lion King strengthens Greater Manchester's growing events offer and ultimately helps draw visitors back to the city-region."

How to get tickets to The Lion King Musical in Manchester: 

If you fancy getting tickets to the show's new dates, you're in luck as you don't have to wait long. 

With tickets for all the new dates going on sale at 10am on Friday June 17. 

You can get tickets via Ticketmaster.