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The Lion King Musical brings Natural History Museum to life

On Wednesday 17th June, the animal exhibitions of the Natural History Museum were brought alive by an intimate performance from The Lion King’s award-winning West End cast. Organised by All About Venues, employees of Danone’s Nutricia Group enjoyed a sit-down dinner and performances from the musical, spending “A Night at the Museum” like never before.

After Nutrica’s annual corporate conference, which this year took place at The Mermaid Theatre, the company’s 400 delegates were greeted by London tour buses which travelled through the capital before arriving at the iconic London landmark, The Natural History Museum.  

On arrival, guests were welcomed into Waterhouse Way with glasses of Prosecco, summer cocktails and canapés prior to enjoying a three course dinner in the majestic Hintze Hall, alongside Dippy the dinosaur. Sticking with the night’s theme, All About Venues provided animal masks for each guest as they watched the highly-anticipated theatre performances.

Michael Aves, Director at All About Venues, said: “Nutricia’s annual conference and celebration is an important event in the company’s calendar; recognised as an opportunity to celebrate another successful year and thank the team for their commitment and hard work in improving the lives of patients. We have organised the event all around the UK, last year holding the event at Thorpe Park. This year, we wanted to choose an iconic London venue, and once decided on the Natural History Museum, The Lion King theme fitted perfectly.”  

The vibrant canapés and three-course menu by Create Food & Party Design mirrored the colourful production of the night, with dishes of hot smoked salmon, heirloom tomato tart and avocado and lemon panna cotta. The bespoke menu designed in collaboration by Create and All About Venues included quality British ingredients and unique canapés from Create’s Development Chef Euan Peach.

Simon Kershaw, Head of Events and Catering at the Natural History Museum, said; 
“This event once again showcases the flexibility and potential of a Grade I listed building. We’ve worked closely with All About Venues and our network of suppliers to ensure we delivered the night’s production. We look forward to many other event organisers taking inspiration from this unique event.”  

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