The Lion King theatre breaks from £103pp
"A roaring success worldwide"
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
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The West End is home to some of the world’s best shows, and they don’t get much better than The Lion King. Recreating the magic of the family-favourite Disney movie on stage, The Lion King is an absolute must see for theatregoers of all ages. So whether you want to treat your little lion cubs or see this spectacular show for yourself, the Lion King is a majestic musical that’s not to be missed.
About the show
Spellbinding from start to finish, The Lion King roars into life at the Lyceum Theatre with its famous opening number that will immerse you into the wild world of the Serengeti. With pulsing African rhythms and flawless costume design, The Lion King is a feast for the senses. But it's the peerless puppetry that's the 'mane' attraction; from the 18-foot-tall exotic giraffes operated by stilt walkers, to the enormous elephant that plods through the stalls.
This much-loved musical tells the fond tale of Simba the lion cub who is destined to be King of Pride Rock. Betrayed by his cunning Uncle Scar, Simba runs away from the Kingdom, leaving Scar and his hyenas to take over the Pride Lands. Lost and alone, Simba makes friends with a wisecracking meerkat called Timon and his warthog sidekick named Pumbaa, who help him find his way in the Animal Kingdom.
Important information: Strobe lighting is used several times throughout The Lion King.
The Lion King runs for 2 hours 45 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission)
Tuesday: 14:30 | 19:30
Wednesday: 14:30 | 19:30
Thursday: 14:30 | 19:30
Saturday: 14:30 | 19:30
Interesting facts about The Lion King
- All creatures great and small — from fun-size fireflies to enormous elephants, there are 25 different species of animals represented in The Lion King.
- Puppet power plays a pivotal part — there are three different puppets used to portray Simba as a little lion cub.
- It means no worries — the phrase 'Hakuna Matata' is said a whopping 25 times throughout each performance of The Lion King, that's 10,400 times every year.
History of The Lion King
The Lion King musical first prowled onto the stage in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1997 — just 3 years after the release of the beloved Disney animation. With music and lyrics by Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice the musical was a roaring success and quickly migrated to both Broadway and the West End. In September 2014, The Lion King clawed its way to the top spot and became the highest grossing production of all time.
We are unable to offer tickets for assisted performances. Please contact the theatre directly for more information.
We handpick our Lion King theatre break hotels for location, price and facilities. Our favourites are just a short distance from the Lyceum Theatre, but we also offer a wide range of handpicked hotels all over London. All of our hotels, from modest 3-stars to the most luxurious 5-star, include a delicious breakfast the next morning.
No matter if you’re visiting the Lion King for a romantic break or a family getaway, our team of expert hotel hunters have already found the perfect room for you. Most of our Lion King theatre break customers go for the Strand Palace, a cosy 4-star hotel ideal for couples and families, just a few minute’s walk from the Lyceum Theatre.
After you’ve enjoyed the show, the Strand Palace’s fantastic location in the heart of the West End offers all the sightseeing opportunities you could hope for. St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye all all close at hand and three tube stations are in easy reach, putting the rest of the city at your feet.
Of course, we have plenty more tried, tested and recommended hotels to choose from, including the big names that you know and trust, like Hilton, Marriott, Travelodge and Holiday Inn.
Customer reviews of The Lion King
"Sets, music, singers and best of all the 'people-puppets' were absolutely amazing!! Rightly so the best musical in the West End."
"Brilliant! Never been to a show like this before. Well put together and suits all age groups."
"A truly excellent show. Colourful, amusing at times, well staged. Absolutely amazing from start to finish. Fabulous music, costumes and 'puppets'."
About the Lyceum Theatre
21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ
Lyceum Theatre Seat Map
The closest underground station to The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre is Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line.
Access to the Lyceum Theatre
The Lyceum Theatre has wheelchair access in the stalls. Disabled toilets are also available.
History of the Lyceum Theatre
One of the most iconic theatres in the West End, the Lyceum Theatre has stood in the heart of London's theatre district since 1765.
Home to a wide variety of entertainment over the years, the Lyceum Theatre has played host to the likes of John Gielgud, Bob Marley and The Who.
Starting life in the 18th Century, the Lyceum Theatre was the site of a diverse range of entertainment in London including a circus and the first exhibition of Madame Tussaud's famous waxworks. One of the first theatres in the capital to be lit by gas, the theatre burnt down and the present-day venue was built in 1834.
The Lyceum underwent major renovations in 1904, reopening with an impressive grand interior and its iconic columns. Briefly converted into a cinema following a £12,000 investment, the Lyceum was converted back into a theatre after a single screening as distribution rights were not acquired.
Purchased by London County Council in 1939, the Lyceum was set for demolishment to make way for road improvements. The outbreak of World War Two meant that the plan was abandoned and the theatre remained dark until 1945 when it was converted into a ballroom and concert venue.
Returning to its former glory, the Lyceum Theatre reopened in November 1996, staging Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, followed by Oklahoma! until Disney's magnificent production of The Lion King opened in 1999.
But be careful where you sit — the theatre is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who sits in the theatre with a severed head in her lap.
The Lion King Cast
- Scar: George Asprey
- Mufasa: Shaun Escoffery
- Rafiki: Brown Lindiwe Mkhize
- Timon: Damian Baldet
- Pumbaa: Keith Bookman
- Simba: Nicholas Afoa
- Nala: Carole Stennett
- Zazu: Howard Gossington
Expert reviews of The Lion King:
"The Lion King is a show that demands to be seen."
"An all-singing, all-dancing feast for the senses."