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The hit musical the Lion King is in the North East for the first time since the production started in the UK 15 years ago.
The Sunderland Empire will be home to the show until November 1.
But recreating the story of Simba and the Pride for the stage wasn't easy:
THE LION KING IN NUMBERS
- 37,000 HOURS were spent by designers making the puppets and masks.
- 700 COSTUMES AND PROPS are used every night.
- 232 PUPPETS are in the show, including rod puppets and full-sized ones.
- 140 PEOPLE work on every performance.
- 18-FOOT GIRAFFES are the tallest puppets and appear in 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King!"
- 13-FOOT - that's how big the Elephant is. It needs four actors to carefully walk her down the aisle.
- 23 LORRIES were needed to get the set, costumes and puppets to Sunderland.
- 75 MILLION PEOPLE have now seen the production all over the world.
ITV News Tyne Tees were invited behind the scenes to see the finished result.
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