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The Lion King Tickets

Lyceum Theatre

Disney’s spectacular musical features stunning puppetry and an unforgettable score by Elton John. Best for age 6+.

The Lion King Tickets: An Incredible Family Musical

Disney’s The Lion King is a spectacle like nothing else – exploding onto the stage in a mirage of vibrant colour, rhythm and life at the Lyceum Theatre.

Julie Taymor’s visionary adaptation of the classic Disney animated film was game-changing when it premiered in 1997. Fusing puppetry and design with traditional African dance, costume and song, this groundbreaking production brings every character to life.

The Lion King transports audiences to the plains of the Serengeti as the story charts Simba’s journey from a naive cub to fulfilling his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

What is The Lion King musical about?

The Lion King tells the story of Simba, who is forced into exile after the death of his father and must embark on a journey to reclaim his place as King of the Pridelands. The musical transforms Disney's beloved film - that is based loosely on Shakespeare's Hamlet - into an unforgettable theatrical event that sees the sights and sounds of the Serengeti brought to life with puppetry, set design, spectacular costumes and dance.

Who wrote The Lion King musical?

The Lion King is based on Disney's award-winning film of the same name. The musical's book is by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, who worked on the film as a co-director and screenwriter respectively. Tim Rice and Elton John wrote the show's music and lyrics, including the hit songs "Circle of Life" and "Hakuna Matata".

The Lion King West End Cast

There are over 50 cast members in the West End production, including a number of child performers in the roles of young Simba and young Nala. Some of the cast have been in The Lion King for many years, including Shaun Escoffery and George Asprey, who have performed as Mufasa and Scar since 2008.

The current The Lion King London cast includes Owen Chaponda (adult Simba), Gary Jordan (Zazu), Jamie McGregor (Timon), Mark Roper (Pumbaa), Thenjiwe Thendiva Nofemele (Rafiki) and Merryl Ansah (Nala).

How long has The Lion King been on in London?

The production first opened at the Lyceum Theatre on 19 October 1999, and is one of the longest-running West End musicals. In 2019, the musical celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special gala in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music. Director Julie Taymor's puppetry and costumes remain incredibly innovative and spectacular more than 20 years since its premiere, ensuring that The Lion King remains a hugely popular, must-watch show for audiences of all ages.

Don’t Miss Tickets for The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre

This enduring musical has long reigned as one of the best London shows for kids and adults alike. Get The Lion King tickets for all the family to gasp in awe as the animals of Pride Rock swoop, prowl, roar and so much more in front of your eyes!

Performance dates:
19 Jul 2024 - 30 Mar 2025
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 6+. Under 3s not permitted. Please be advised that children under the age of 16 may be refused entry if they are not sitting next to an accompanying adult.

The Lion King Reviews

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User Reviews


This is the most famous show you will every see. Amazing creative life like costumes so impressive how the animals come to life. Such an amazing show.

Performance date: 07 July 2024
Performance date: 10 July 2024

My second time, the show continues to amaze me, excellent acting, marvelous, colorful costumes, great ideas to depict scenes and animals, that is why it is successful for the last 25 years and will continue

Performance date: 18 June 2024

Show Times

How Long is The Lion King?
The Lion King running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.
Matinee Shows
Performances start at 2.30pm and finish at 5.00pm.
Evening Shows
Performances start at 7.30pm and finish at 10.00pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much are The Lion King tickets?

Ticket prices typically start around £42 and can go up to £300, depending on dates and availability.

What are the most expensive tickets for The Lion King?

The highest price bracket can be over £250, even close to £300. These premium tickets are always for seats in the centre of the first four rows of the Royal Circle, and the centre rows of the Stalls, between the two aisles.

For the best possible experience, sit in Stalls Row L or K, with a seat toward one of the aisles, such as L19 or K30 . Here the view of the stage is superb as you are close, but with enough space to view the entire, spectacular set and you will be perfectly positioned to see the animal performers parading down the aisle in their amazing costumes. You will feel like you are part of the action!

How can I get cheap tickets for The Lion King?

There are plenty of ways to get cheap Lion King tickets. For the best availability across all price bands, book at least a month in advance. If you can be flexible, choose a midweek performance and save up to 40% compared to weekend prices.

Check the view from your seat when you book on SeatPlan. Many seats in cheaper price bands offer a great view for less, and one SeatPlan user in Royal Circle L7 said that “being further away is actually quite helpful” for a musical like The Lion King. The Grand Circle is the cheapest section of the Lyceum Theatre and can feel distant but seats such as G8 and J38 are great options for seeing The Lion King on a budget.

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