Went to London today to see the Lion King show. This meant getting up at 5:45, but as you all know I’m prepared to suffer for art, and so this wasn’t a problem.
We had lunch at the Masala Zone restaurant in Covent Garden. Masala Zone is a small chain of Indian Restaurants in London, each of which is decorated in a characteristic way, the one we went to has loads of puppets hanging from the ceiling, depicting the guests arriving at a particularly posh wedding.
The food was great. Really tasty, and very nicely priced.
If you want a place to eat in London that won’t break the bank, but will deliver a really good dining experience, then I strongly recommend it.
Then it was on to the theatre.
I’m not that big on musicals. I reckon that if the story is going to be interrupted by a song it had better be a darned good one. However, the songs, sets, costumes and style of the whole performance worked for me.
I think I rather annoyed number one daughter when I said (somewhat tongue in cheek) “It’s good, but it’s no Avatar”. Actually it is far better than the movie. Avatar is highly polished, with incredible attention having been focused on getting everything to look as real as possible. Lion King takes the approach that since it is impossible to get the whole of the jungle into a theatre we will concentrate on giving you the impression of what it is is like there. And it works a treat.
Avatar is like watching a really good computer game being played by an expert technician. Lion King is like having a beautiful story told by a bunch of people right in front of you. If you want to see how far you can get with imagination and just plain cleverness, then go and see the show. Great stuff.