19 August - 7 September 2014

The Lion

19 August – 7 September 2014

New York Times Critics Pick / Time Out London Critics Choice

The Lion

Written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer

Directed by Sean Daniels

One man, six guitars and an incredible story of love, loss and survival. Direct from an off-Broadway season at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Cole Porter Award winner Benjamin Scheuer returns to the studio with his brilliant solo musical show, which sold out here under its original title The Bridge last October.

★★★★ “Spellbinding, sad and joyful. It will creep under your skin and bring you near to tears. A little off-Broadway gem” Time Out Critic’s Choice
★★★★ “Benjamin Scheuer’s solo musical stands apart… The Lion hurts when it needs to but also overflows with heart. Sean Daniels’ unerring direction keeps narcissism at bay.” Matt Wolf, The Arts Desk
“[One] of the musical productions of the year… As told in a series of original songs with equal amounts of ardour and candour, I simply adored it for its simplicity, directness and honesty.” Mark Shenton, The Stage
★★★★★ “Out of nowhere The Lion evolves into an inspirational yet honest and heartbreaking story of love, loss and survival… The Lion is certainly the most incredible one-man show I have ever seen and Scheuer deserves to have awards coming out of his ears.” West End Frame
★★★★ 1/2 “This is a performance at its simplest… It is also storytelling and music at its best: direct, entertaining and engaging.” The Public Reviews
★★★★★  “This show is exquisite in its simplicity and very close to perfection.” The Beast’s Pen
“At the conclusion of a recent performance, the audience stood and roared.” The New Yorker
“A directness and good humor that only the hardest-hearted could resist.”  New York Times
“The lion, as he calls himself, continues to roar, and we’re extremely lucky to have made his acquaintance.” TheatreMania
“Definitely the best new musical I’ve seen so far this year… You should go.” Huffington Post
“An irresistible winner.” NY Daily News
“A rock solid piece of theater that’s been sensitively staged by director Sean Daniels…One of the most attractive and moving new musicals to hit the stage in a long while” American Theatre Web
“The Lion, both its story and its telling, is a testament to our enduring strength.” Reviewing The Drama

Watch Benjamin perform ‘Cookie-Tin Banjo’ here

27 August : Post-show Q&A hosted by Terri Paddock (www.terripaddock.com, @TerriPaddock)

All ticket holders for the performances can attend the Q&A free of charge, it will begin shortly after the performance and last approximately 30 minutes.

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