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Lion King's Rafiki celebrates tour premiere on Auckland Sky Tower

The iconic Lion King character Rafiki has taken to the top of the Sky Tower to celebrate the show’s opening in Auckland last night after an 18-month hiatus.

The Auckland tour premiered at Spark Arena last night after a record 110,000 tickets were already sold for the show, which runs until July 18.

The video of Rafiki, a mandrill who is known as a type of wise shaman of the Pride Lands, atop the Sky Tower was shot from 220 metres in the air.

It shows the mandrill letting out his unmistakable call, against the backdrop of the CBD, Waitematā Harbour and outer Hauraki Gulf islands.

A look behind the scenes of Lion King ahead of next week's opening

“The cast and crew of The Lion King are honoured by the warm welcome Auckland has shown them. We are excited to be here and performing in front of Kiwi audiences,” said international tour producer Michael Cassel.

Due to overwhelming demand, the international tour has added an additional matinée performance to its Auckland season during the school holidays.

The production holds the record as the fastest-selling musical theatre show in New Zealand.