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    "A deeply felt celebration of life.”
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The Lion King tickets

Bucket list musical for theatre fans

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.

The musical includes all of the classic songs from the film, written by Elton John and Tim Rice, including “Circle of Life”, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Hakuna Matata”.

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: 02 Oct 2022 - 17 Jun 2023

Running time: 2 hours 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.

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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

Just wow. The actors, costumes, special effects, masks, puppetry..all astounding! I had my mouth open... More

HeyJJ 28 Sep 2022

Just wow. The actors, costumes, special effects, masks, puppetry..all astounding! I had my mouth open the whole time in amazement and not ashamed to say I cried the moment the elephant passed down the aisle! A magical show.

HeyJJ 28 Sep 2022

The most magical show to watch, truly spectacular. The second half felt a bit slow, and the actors voices... More

teelae 30 Sep 2022

The most magical show to watch, truly spectacular. The second half felt a bit slow, and the actors voices weren’t the strongest.

teelae 30 Sep 2022

The show was excellent and being sat so high up, you could see some of the technical side of the sets... More

timb5 22 Sep 2022

The show was excellent and being sat so high up, you could see some of the technical side of the sets used.

timb5 22 Sep 2022

to many talking, not much singing and few group large-scale scenes. An expected more from the decorations. More

DariaY 21 Sep 2022

to many talking, not much singing and few group large-scale scenes. An expected more from the decorations.

DariaY 21 Sep 2022

From what I could see of it the acting and costumes where amazing, I just wish I could have seen more... More

suef15 14 Sep 2022

From what I could see of it the acting and costumes where amazing, I just wish I could have seen more of it.

suef15 14 Sep 2022

The show is excellent. So clever and the singing, acting, set and costume design was all outstanding... More

rebeccam79 12 Sep 2022

The show is excellent. So clever and the singing, acting, set and costume design was all outstanding along with the orchestra

rebeccam79 12 Sep 2022

Frequently asked questions

The Lion King's 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.
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 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 which sees the sights and sounds of the Serengeti brought to life with puppetry, set design, spectacular costumes and dance.
There are over 50 cast members in the West End production of The Lion King, 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 Kayi Ushe (adult Simba), Gary Jordan (Zazu), Jamie McGregor (Timon), Mark Roper (Pumbaa), Thenjiwe Thendiva Nofemele (Rafiki) and Janique Charles (Nala).
West End audiences can see The Lion King 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.
The Lion King 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.
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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