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The Lion King Tickets

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!

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The Lion King Tickets

From £53.60

Rated Excellent
Performance dates:
02 Oct 2023 - 11 Feb 2024
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.
Lyceum Theatre (See map)
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.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: Sit in the stalls to be immersed in one of the most unforgettable opening numbers of all time, as a wide array of animals walks amongst the audience and swoops over their heads as they form the Circle of Life. Choose stalls seats close to the centre aisles to be as close as possible to the animals as they wander through the auditorium.

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    brendac17 28 Sep 2023

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    mildasalzano 21 Sep 2023

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    yh1 10 Sep 2023

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    mildasalzano 21 Sep 2023

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    Show Times

    Monday - -
    Tuesday - 7.30pm
    Wednesday 2.30pm 7.30pm
    Thursday - 7.30pm
    Friday - 7.30pm
    Saturday 2.30pm 7.30pm
    Sunday 2.30pm -
    How Long is The Lion King?
    The Lion King running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.
    Matinee Shows
    The Lion King matinee performances start at 2.30pm and finish at 5.00pm.
    Evening Shows
    The Lion King evening performances start at 7.30pm and finish at 10.00pm.

    Tickets FAQ

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

    Discount tickets are sometimes available. Sign up for an Alert and we'll let you know when we have them!
    Choose seats in the Stalls, on an aisle where possible, and your children will have an awe-inspiring experience as they see animals from the Savannah brought to life up close. Seats in the centre of the Stalls like D17 are a great option for an immersive experience, but we also recommend the centre of the Royal Circle.

    The Royal Circle is a very popular place to sit for families. The raked seats mean children can see over the heads of people sitting in front, and the view (Royal Circle B27 ) is perfect if you and your kids want a full view of the stage, set design and choreography, as well as a few surprises from the Boxes!

    Row A of the Royal Circle has a safety bar, which may obstruct the view. Booster seats are available at the theatre upon request.
    If you have any other questions about The Lion King that aren't mentioned above, please contact us at and we will do our best to answer.
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