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Stage version of Lion King celebrates 5,000 performances

13 September 2011 Last updated at 10:11 BST

On Tuesday night the stage version of the Disney classic, The Lion King, celebrates its 5,000th stage performance in London's West End.

The cast includes singing lions, a dancing warthog and stampeding wildebeests.

The BBC's Sophie van Brugen has been backstage at the Lyceum Theatre on the Strand, to find out what has made the production such a success.