The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre tickets
The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre tickets

The Lion King

About the show

Please note that performances of The Lion King have been postponed in response to government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). It will resume performances as early as practical in 2021.

Based on Disney’s Academy Award-winning 1994 animated film the story is brought to life on stage by Julie Taymor with stunning animal puppetry and breathtaking scenic design that evokes the animals and landscapes of the African Savannah. Since first opening in London in 1999, The Lion King has been one of the hottest West End tickets and a must see for all.

The shows story, loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, takes place within a group of lions where young cub, Simba, is due to succeed his father, Mufasa, as king of Pride Rock. In a nasty turn of events, Simba’s evil uncle Scar, with designs on power, murders Mufasa and leads Simba to believe it was his fault. Subsequently Simba flees the Kingdom never to return. It will take his old friends, lioness Nala, baboon Rafiki, the charming double act of Timon the meerkat and Pumba the warthog, to help Simba gather the strength he needs to return to Pride Rock take on Scar and restore order to the animal kingdom.

The musical includes all of the original music from the film and also some new material. The films score was famously written by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice and includes the catchy classics “The Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” “ Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” with additional music by Hans Zimmer with choral arrangements by Lebo M.

It would be hard to imagine Disney surpassing the success of their animated classic but the musical has given it a run for its money having been seen across the globe where it continues to play and becoming the highest grossing Broadway show of all time. The show was Awarded with an impressive six Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway and has been a West End staple since 1999.

Julie Taymor brought her experience of working on opera and with puppetry to the staging of The Lion King to create a unique and visually arresting experience for the audience. The costumes also designed by Taymor bring to life the lions, birds, giraffes and even an elephant.

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Recommended for

The Lion King is perfect for a whole family outing, with adults and children alike guaranteed to be charmed by the beautiful aesthetic and well-known score. This is also a great show for those who haven’t ventured to the theatre before!

Age Recommendations: Recommended 6+. Children under 3 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.

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 24 Sep 1999
Press night: 19 Oct 1999
Booking from: 14 Jul 2021
Booking until: 03 Oct 2021

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for The Lion King, please check out our interactive Lyceum Theatre seating plan with 2371 seat reviews and 885 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Lyceum Theatre
21 Wellington Street
London, WC2E 7RQ

1574 Reviews Add review

Love, love, loved this show. First time viewing for me although familiar with the songs. Costumes, dance, singing and acting all first... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 74 reviews, 5 helpful votes

This is one beautiful show, my only slight problem with it is I feel it doesn’t variate that far from the animation, despite a few... More

mattharrison1 5’11”, 20 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The costumes and props in The Lion King are so impressive and unlike any other West End show. The musical has the much loved tunes... More

LondonLass 5"1, 248 reviews, 14 helpful votes

The show was amazing and captured the pride lands of Africa very well! The lighting and set is very clever and the sweeping score being... More

joethemusician 6"1, 7 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show is amazing (if you happen to have Nick Afoa as Simba his vocals are amazing!) The whole show start to finish is just like... More

deborahchilde 44 reviews, 8 helpful votes

The show was the most amazing show. The puppetry, music, singing and acting was all superb from start to finish. I was caught between... More

carac1 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The whole scale and spectacle of it was fantastic, and the cast were brilliant, especially Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki, and the glorious... More

bencartwright 6"2, 30 reviews, 1 helpful vote

As a person who loves Disney I did really enjoy this musical however it isn’t something that I'd go and see a second time and I usually... More

becks2001 25 reviews, 0 helpful votes

One of the best shows I have ever seen. Great effects, lighting, actors and beautiful theatre. Music is fantastic. You will definitely... More

kajetank 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes