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Lyceum Theatre London

Lyceum Theatre, London - The Home of The Lion King

What’s On at Lyceum Theatre

Since 1999 the Lyceum has been the home of Disney's The Lion King, which broke new ground for stage adaptations of animated films and remains a West End favourite. Several other family musicals have established themselves in the years since, but the show remains popular thanks to the incredible puppetry, music and enduring story that has inspired a love of theatre in millions of people.

About the Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum Theatre has a history dating back to 1765, when it was situated in a building adjacent to its current site. It hosted music, dance and other entertainments. Philip Astley's circus became resident there for a while and the first waxworks exhibition by Madam Tussaud was hosted there in 1802. The theatre moved to its present site in 1834 and has had many refurbishments since.

Legendary actor Sir Henry Irving appeared in many Shakespeare productions in the latter half of the 19th Century. Bram Stoker worked at the theatre at the time and it is said that Henry Irving was Stoker's inspiration for the character of Count Dracula.

In the 20th Century, many large bands played gigs at The Lyceum Theatre, including The Clash, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Led Zeppelin and Queen. Later in the century, the venue hosted several large musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar and Oklahoma!.

Map and Address

21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ

The Lyceum Theatre is one of the West End’s most well-known theatres. Positioned at the end of The Strand, the venue is moments away from the popular tourist attraction of Covent Garden and the River Thames. Nearby, Somerset House contains public spaces, art exhibitions, restaurants and cafes. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping, eating and drinking all within a 10 minute walk of the theatre, and Trafalgar Square is also close. It’s advised to check your journey via before you travel.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the Lyceum Theatre box office open and how do I collect tickets?

The Lyceum Theatre box office is open from 10am to 6pm on Mondays, 10am to 8pm on Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 3pm on Sundays, where tickets can be purchased in person for future shows. From one hour before performances, pre-booked ticket holders are able to collect these from the box office.

What time does the Lyceum Theatre open for a show?

The main theatre opens an hour before performances when patrons can collect pre-booked tickets, relax in the bars or purchase merchandise and confectionery. The Ballroom bar opens an hour and a half before shows, giving ticket holders a comfortable place to relax and grab a drink.

What food and drink are available at the Lyceum Theatre?

Bars are available on each level of the venue, serving soft and alcoholic drinks as well as a range of snacks. Drinks can be taken into the auditorium, just be sure to ask for a plastic cup for them. The main bar in the Lyceum Theatre is called the Ballroom Bar and opens an hour and a half before performances for ticket holders. The theatre also has confectionery and merchandise stands.

Is there a dress code at the Lyceum Theatre?

The Lyceum Theatre does not have a dress code, although patrons are reminded that it is best to dress both comfortably and sensibly.

Is the Lyceum Theatre air-conditioned?

The Lyceum Theatre has an ‘air-cooling’ system designed to stop the theatre from getting too hot in warmer months.

Does the Lyceum Theatre have a cloakroom?

The Lyceum Theatre has a cloakroom for patrons who want to check in large coats for the duration of the performance. It opens one hour before performances. Please note it cannot accept any other items such as rucksacks, bags or pushchairs. If you have large items to store, it is recommended to use the left luggage facility at the nearby Charing Cross Station.

Are booster seats available at the Lyceum Theatre?

Booster seats are available for children at the Lyceum Theatre, but are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please ask an usher to assist you if you require one.

Where should I eat near the Lyceum Theatre?

For the full theatrical experience, the nearby Joe Allen theatre restaurant is a much-loved New York style eatery, often offering live music. Those wanting a high-end dinner might want to try the famous Savoy Grill, while Frankie and Benny’s or Pizza Express are fantastic choices for families.

What is the best hotel to stay at near the Lyceum Theatre?

The nearby Savoy Hotel and One Aldwych Hotels are world renowned, being perfect to add an edge of luxury to your West End visit. As the Strand is one of London’s priciest areas, those on a budget are recommended to look for hotels slightly further away and make use of the quick and easy transport links.

How do I contact the box office?

You can get in contact with the Lyceum Theatre box office directly on 03330 096 690, with calls being charged at standard geographic rates.
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