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    “Lights up the West End”
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    "A deeply felt celebration of life.”
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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+.

London's must-see 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 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 - which 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.

Where can I watch The Lion King in London?

The musical plays at the Lyceum Theatre, which is located near to the Strand and Covent Garden. The closest stations for National Rail and Underground services are Charing Cross, Covent Garden and Embankment.

How long is The Lion King musical and what time does it finish?

The running time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15 minute interval.

Evening performances start at 7.30pm and end at 10pm, and matinees start at 2.30pm and end at 5pm.

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".

Who is in the West End cast of The Lion King?

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 respectively 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.

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 £39.00

Rated Excellent
Performance dates:
30 May 2023 - 15 Oct 2023
Running time:
2 hours 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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Latest Audience Reviews

I've seen a lot of theatre, but The Lion King had somehow passed me by! I decided to see it (fina... More

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elmquill1617 23 Apr 2023

Amazing show from start to finish. Full of great song's, story & humour. Very creative brilliant... More

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craigk4 08 May 2023

Best show I have seen this year. Just perfect! People did ruined a bit of the experience by tal... More

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GreenVG 27 Apr 2023

Best show I have seen this year. Just perfect! People did ruined a bit of the experience by tal... More

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GreenVG 27 Apr 2023

The sets are simple yet effective drawing you in to the show. The make up of the actors were expe... More

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EVy 18 Apr 2023

The Lion King is amazing and the performers are top class. For this show I would recommend as fa... More

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Almoatjonas 18 Apr 2023

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.

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