An African adventure comes to Tunbridge Wells

Infinity Haydon Kirby

Bold, bright and loud would be three perfect words to describe the latest children’s theatre show penned by Tweenies’ creator Iain Lauchlan, which comes to the Trinity Theatre at the end of this month.

But you could easily throw colourful, fun and memorable into the mix, too, as this highly animated musical about life in the African plains is nothing short of a visual treat which will appeal to audiences of all ages.

How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga Land begins with Banjoko the toucan warning his chums of a danger that could threaten their beloved homeland.

Deciding they need a king to help them ward off any possible dangers, the group starts to compete for the top regal job.

On Banjoko’s African adventure she meets the cheeky monkey Maliki, a kind but goofy giraffe named Gowon, a groovy zebra named Zalika and a very proud lion called Lutalo.

When they are chased by a pack of hungry hyenas one day and only one of them is brave enough to stand up to them then the royal title is swiftly decided upon by Banjoko.

The sought-after crown is handed to Lutalo the lion, who has shown his fierce strength in the face of danger and is therefore made king.

During the show lots of exciting adventures ensue and we discover the personal stories of each animal against a backdrop of stunning sets, colourful costumes and lots of audience participation.

There’s also plenty of music, with classic nursery rhymes being fused with traditional African songs throughout the show. Children can come along dressed as an animal if they wish or simply bring their favourite toy.

Everyone is encouraged to get stuck in and we guarantee you’ll leave the theatre with a spring in your step.

We have two sets of four tickets to be won for the performance on Thursday March 31 at 11.30am. To be in with a chance of winning simply email

How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga Land tour comes to Trinity Theatre on Wednesday March 30 and Thursday March 31. All shows start at 11.30am & 2pm and ticket prices start at £11.50 (concessions £9.50). Visit and

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