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

The Lion King tickets from £35.50

Tickets from £35.50

Overview

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, Mufusa, as king of Pride Rock. In a nasty turn of events, Simba’s evil uncle Scar, with designs on power, murders Mufusa 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 Time 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 Hanns 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 just the ticket for a whole family outing, with adults and children alike being charmed by the beautiful aesthetic and score. This is also a great show for those who haven’t ventured to the theatre before.

Age Recommendations: We recommend for children 7+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Opened: 24 Sep 1999
Press night: 19 Oct 1999
Booking from: 23 Nov 2017
Booking until: 29 Apr 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Thursday 23 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Friday 24 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Saturday 25 Nov 20172:30pm7:30pm
Sunday 26 Nov 20172:30pm--
Tuesday 28 Nov 2017--7:30pm
Wednesday 29 Nov 20172:30pm7:30pm
Thursday 30 Nov 2017--7:30pm

Location and map

Lyceum Theatre
21 Wellington Street
London, WC2E 7RQ

363 Reviews Add review

I won’t explain the story in great detail as it is well known but it is basically a family drama about loss and redemption but thi... More

braintree 155cm, 35 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I won’t explain the story in great detail as it is well known but it is basically a family drama about loss and redemption but this is Disney so it is bold and colourful, taking in elements such as the original 1994 film (Timon, Pumba and the Hyenas for example) and African cultures for the lions and other animals. What struck me was how quickly you forget you are watching humans, all the performers have taken on their animal character it feels much more than the cartoony musical that it should. The choreography was also stunning, mixing traditional dance and choreography but I felt the musical numbers lacked energy, especially in comparison with Aladdin. The Lion King is the introverted sibling to gregarious Aladdin, which is all high shine and high dancing. There are no big musical numbers or even many opportunities for performers to show off their range, with the exception Endless Night in the second half but there are enough familiar tunes, such as Hakuna Matata to comfort the audience. The fact that 17 years from its premiere it can still attract an audience in such numbers is testament that simplicity works. It is a beautiful and staggering production that relies on its beautiful staging rather than big stars (though I didn’t see him Shaun Escoffery is a reason alone to book tickets as his voice is incredible). I thought Nicholas Afoa was stunning, both as vocalist and capturing Simba’s sense of curiousity as adult Simba in his West End debut and I enjoyed the Jareth from Labyrinth interpretation of Scar by George Asprey. I also thought making the very masculine Rafiki a female character was a great casting decision and Brown Lindiwe Mkhize is great in the role. The highlight for me were the early ensemble scenes as you get elephants, leopards, gazelles and giraffes without being anywhere near London Zoo. It is absolutely stunning and if the high prices have put you off seeing this amazing production then do reconsider. It is worth every penny for some of the most stimulating scenery in London theatre. Do keep an eye out for the wonderful cheetah and some of the chasing scenes will make you feel like you are on safari.

braintree 155cm, 35 reviews, 5 helpful votes

It was really spectacular and unforgettable! It was a great experience we will remember forever. I've dreamed to see this musical ... More

kiaranota 1 review, 0 helpful votes

It was really spectacular and unforgettable! It was a great experience we will remember forever. I've dreamed to see this musical for a very long time since I am really keen on The Lion King, but the show did even surpass all the expectations of mine. And at the very beginning I couldn't help crying: it was so exciting and thrilling, so magnificent and gorgeous! The play of the actors was great, they all did a great deal of work, and their costumes boggle the imagination. I can't imagine how it can be possible - to create all these costumes and adaptate the story so perfectly. As a true fan of TLK I was really impressed by the retaining of the precise plot of the story. It always plays a very important role for me when I watch shows after movies. Moreover, I can say that I haven't enjoyed the theatre so much lately and this musical has become one of my favourites. I think that everybody in the house was pretty impressed, there was such loud applause and even exclamations of joy. And though the tickets were quite expensive for us, I guess that it was worth it!

kiaranota 1 review, 0 helpful votes

This show was absolutely gorgeous. The creators, set designers and costume designers are actual geniuses. Sitting in the stalls me... More

mwestlake96 5"7, 5 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This show was absolutely gorgeous. The creators, set designers and costume designers are actual geniuses. Sitting in the stalls means you get the opportunity to see all the animal puppets come through the aisles during the show and that is an experience I will never forget. Every case member were extremely take ted triple threats and fully deserve to be on that stage in such an incredible performance. The show is suitable for children although quite long for a child to sit through I imagine but it definitely grabs their attention. I would recommend this show for people of all ages. There really is something for everyone. The music and songs was just magical and I fully intend on purchasing the soundtrack. Lion King is one of hose shows you must see at some point in your life. It is an unforgettable experience.

mwestlake96 5"7, 5 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I found myself really disappointed in it which was heartbreaking. The younger actors playing Simba and Nala were pretty bad, which... More

shouldstudymore 5"9, 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I found myself really disappointed in it which was heartbreaking. The younger actors playing Simba and Nala were pretty bad, which is a shame since they weren't older than 10 and I feel horrible saying so but they weren't the best singers or actors and for it being such a high budget (expensive) show to see it left some of the numbers a bit deflated (especially Just Can't Wait To Be King) the actor playing Timon was attempting to do the same accent as Nathan Lane and it failed pretty miserably... also they've added a weird disco breakdown to Be Prepared which was entirely unneeded and ruined the song, for some reason all of the hyenas had full outfits with puppet like hyena heads... apart from 6 random dancers during this disco breakdown that had leggings that looked like they were a onesie tied round their waist, shirtless and with a hyena mask/hat thing.... why?

shouldstudymore 5"9, 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The whole show is just spectacular and encompasses the Disney spirit from the first second. Its a family show that would entertain... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The whole show is just spectacular and encompasses the Disney spirit from the first second. Its a family show that would entertain the youngest to the oldest audience member. The set is incredible and the costumes are visually stunning. The clever way they bring the animals to life is amazing and how they interact with each other is a true credit to each and everyone of the performers. The show is a must see for all especially those who love the Lion King. It doesn't disappoint bringing a much loved classic to the stage. Its everything that the Lion King is in the film and then more in my opinion.

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I expected a lot from the show since the tickets were very expensive and the reviews and promotions were good however, it was tota... More

scytheangel 5"7, 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I expected a lot from the show since the tickets were very expensive and the reviews and promotions were good however, it was totally different when we were there. There was something lacking. The crew would have been more creative with the background. There were a few animals in the background. Dance numbers doesn't have enough "dancers". The parts where Nala and Simba sang, they were not moving, stayed in one place in the stage and the backdrop for most of the scenes are just plain colours (alternating purple, blue, yellow etc). The main actors were fine but I would not say they are exemplary especially with the singing, for example Scar could have had a more powerful voice since he's the villain. Thumbs up to whoever portrayed the hyenas, Timon and Pumbaa! Voice was good. Best part of this was the part where Mufasa appeared in the clouds and that's it. I am a huge Lion King fan but I am a bit disappointed. The show is actually at the bottom of my list.

scytheangel 5"7, 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I didn't think that the show was bad by any means, it just wasn't as good as I was expecting. I have heard so many good things abo... More

jameshawkins 5 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I didn't think that the show was bad by any means, it just wasn't as good as I was expecting. I have heard so many good things about it, but I felt like a lot of the time the stage was over crowded with puppets, and that a lot of them were un-needed. (One in particular was a tumbleweed-type-thing, which made me laugh more than adding to the scene. If you have seen the show I'm sure you will understand why). I thought the people playing Rafiki and Mufasa were absolutely incredible, and I would have liked them to be on stage more... Timone and Pumba were also good, but Nala sung flat ALOT, and I wasn't fussed about Simba. The Lion King has never been my favourite Disney film, but I really wanted to love the show, after hearing so many good reviews. I wouldn't see it again, but at the same time, I wouldn't say that I hated it. It was just a bit Vanilla.

jameshawkins 5 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I had seen this show previously about 15 years ago and couldn't really remember much of it. Now I am older and am a regular theat... More

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I had seen this show previously about 15 years ago and couldn't really remember much of it. Now I am older and am a regular theatre goes I could really appreciate what a masterpiece this show is. I love how the show encompasses the whole theatre, it really makes you feel involved! I also managed to get a day seat for the front row for a fraction of the price it should have been, so I would definitely recommend queuing up in the morning to get a bargain at the box office!

jamesatwill 178, 70 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I love all things Disney and this is a fantastic show, fantastic seeing a great interpretation of the movie! I was not much of ... More

loriritchie 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I love all things Disney and this is a fantastic show, fantastic seeing a great interpretation of the movie! I was not much of a fan of the singing from the kids playing the cubs (Simba and Nala), I appreciate that they are kids and they are running about so I am not trying to be mean as their acting was good but if one thing could have been better - their singing was it. I can't sing for toffee so really who am I to judge?

loriritchie 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes
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