Hitchin students first in country to perform West End play

Martha Reilly, Jess Stephenson and Melissa James, dressed in costume

Martha Reilly, Jess Stephenson and Melissa James, dressed in costume - Credit: Archant

STUDENTS have been given the privilege of being the first in the country to perform a long-running West End musical.

Alex Ealham and Henry Croft dressed in costume for the play

Alex Ealham and Henry Croft dressed in costume for the play - Credit: Archant

The William Ransom School pupils will be showing off their roar talent in an abridged production of The Lion King.

Members of the cast dressed in constume

Members of the cast dressed in constume - Credit: Archant

The West End musical has, for the first time, released its stage show to a select number of primary schools. The Hitchin school will be the first to perform it.

Headteacher Mary Driver said: “It is an honour for the London show to have selected our school.

“We always take a lot of pride in our summer productions and this year we want to make the London stage show proud of our interpretation of The Lion King.”


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About 150 children at the school are involved, with parents and staff helping out with costume making, building sets and line-learning.

Eleven-year-old Henry Croft, who plays evil lion Scar, said: “I’m really pleased to be playing Scar, playing a baddie is so much fun.”

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And 11-year-old Lizzie Jenkins, who plays Nala, said: “As soon as I heard we were to be doing the Lion King, I really wanted to be part of it. The audition was scary, but fortunately I was chosen to be Nala.”

Following dress rehearsals, the production will be shown from this Monday.

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