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The Lion King

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What's The Lion King about?

Based on the Disney film, The Lion King was first performed on Broadway in 1997. Due to the unforgettable music by Elton John and spectacular staging by Julie Taymor, in just a few years The Lion King has become an unmissable show in London, where the show has been performing since 1999.

Simba, a lion cub, is raised by his father Mufasa, king of Pride Rock, who prepares to be king one day. But Scar, the king's brother, betrays him by plotting with the hyenas who lure Simba into a trap. Mufasa saves Simba but it costs him his life. Convinced he caused his father’s death, Simba flees into the jungle where he befriends Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog. As a grown up, he reconnects with his childhood friend, Nala, a lioness, who convinces him to restore justice in his native land. Simba will learn the truth about Mufasa's death, take revenge on Scar, and become king in turn, as the "circle of life" dictates.

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Why should you see The Lion King?

A great theatrical machine, The Lion King first appeared as a cartoon produced by Disney in 1994. Three years later, Disney called on the director Julie Taymor who successfully depicts the cartoon's characters and sets using traditional theatre techniques (puppets, masks). This gives this stage version of the Lion King an identity and a charm that appeals to children and parents alike. The result? The 20 million dollar investment (a record figure at the time) was quickly earned back.

After more than 8800 performances, The Lion King is the eighth longest-running show in the West-End. It also holds the record for highest-grossing musical in history, grossing over $1.9 billion to date.

Here are some stats about the show:

  • The Lion King has been performed in every continent except Antarctica
  • It's been adapted into 7 different languages: Dutch, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese
  • It took 37,000 hours to make the puppets and masks used during the show
  • Each production employs an average of 150 people
  • 1 ticket is sold every 40 seconds around the world
  • Over 112 million people have seen The Lion King

The Lion King musical has won the most prestigious awards: 6 Tony Awards in the United States, 2 Olivier Awards in the United Kingdom, 3 Molières in France and 4 Helpmann Awards in Australia.

The show impresses both young and old alike. We're all fascinated by the beauty of the sets, the costumes and the staging. And to top it all off, we're happy to rediscover the great moments of the famous animated film from Disney studios!

In short, The Lion King is the perfect musical to go to with children!

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Fantastic show
The music and the singing was so professional and enjoyable . The artists were engaging and were fully committed to giving their best to the audience .
An amazing experience for the whole family not just adults. Costumes were beautiful and interesting and extremely colourful . This show should not be missed.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Narda, the 04/03/2024

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Was amazing, saw the show maybe a decade ago when I was very young but my girlfriend had never seen it and she was blown away, she was so happy and was amazed by everything, the animatronics and the choreography was superb. The songs where expertly done and all the actors were so talented and especially the young ones, to be so brave and perform so well was commendable, overall such an amazing night and would 100% recommend to everyone.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Harrison, the 09/12/2023

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E stata una figafa pazzesca!! Pazzesco pazzesco pazzesco! Super consigliato! Ho pianto come una bambina quando mufasa muore :( consiglio a chiunque di andare ( è anche molto utile per chi come me vuole imparare inglese facendo qualcosa di bello :))m.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Letizia, the 11/10/2023

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I was initially curious about how a show filled with animal characters, adapted from one of the greatest animated films ever made, could effectively translate to the stage. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer impressiveness of the production. Every aspect, from the tiniest details to the virtuoso performances of the cast, left me in awe. It was evident that each scene had been meticulously crafted with a great deal of thought and care, ensuring that everything seamlessly fit into the musical. This show is a true testament to the art of adaptation and an absolute must-see for both fans of the original film and newcomers alike.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Bar, the 13/09/2023

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I went to see the show twice (the 2nd time with my wife as an anniversary gift). It was simply breath-taking. The flawless band performance was incredible. Astonishing costumes are a sight for sore eyes on their own. The actors were immersed in the story most of the time. Occasionally they rushed with the dialogue, but made up for it with perfect harmony singing. The imaginative scene intertwines everything together into a majestic musical. If you're into musicals, it's "to die for" (Scar talking to Simba). :)
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Luka, the 13/08/2023

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Lyceum theatre a beautiful building with so much architecture to enjoy. Comfortable seats and very helpful staff. The bar staff work so hard and patiently to help to bring a lovely experience. Thank you guys! Mustn’t forget the guy selling the merchandise at the stalls bar, you did a grand job, I’m loving my hoodie!
Each show I’ve seen I always come away saying ‘best show’, this was most certainly the BEST show yet.
From the moment the lights went down and the singing started it was truly breathtaking.
This show will make the toughest cry! I cried so much with happiness, I was so touched by each performer that gave it their all, and touched my heart, and looking around so many.
The costumes and the amount of creativity gone into each detailed outfit is incredible.
The story is told so well with passion I wasn’t just in the audience I felt I was with you guys. Without spoilers for anyone that wants to see Lion King you’re not just focused to the stage.
All involved have worked so incredibly hard to bring such a show to us.
This was my best Birthday ever, thank you for creating a memorable milestone for me. I will be booking to see this show again.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Samantha, the 07/07/2023

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We absolutely loved the show! So good. Would definitely recommend. So vibrant and the actors truly brought it all to life. There was comedy and truly emotional sadness and happiness. Such a great experience. We were lucky enough to have front row seats and they were the best seats to see and feel it all.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Jolene, the 11/06/2023

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We both loved the play. It was perfectly performed by the actors and the sets were very successful. They really reminded me of the movie, although it seems very difficult to play the role of an animal. The musicians were stunning. Sometimes we forgot it was live music because of how perfectly they were playing. We obviously recommend it, it’s a unique show!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Iliana, the 07/06/2023

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Amazing , Amazing!
I am lucky to have seen this show 3 times in its 24 years . Seeing my Grandchildren’s faces light up several times throughout the show was worth every penny.
It’s has great costumes , puppets , lighting and music to mention a few of the brilliant features all actors work hard and play there part with passion .
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Tracy, the 01/06/2023

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Lion King is an absolute wild ride! This is a show that'll make you roar with excitement from start to finish. It's like stepping into an African savannah filled with jaw-dropping visuals, mind-blowing costumes, and great performances

I witnessed the circle of life unfolding right before my eyes, with a cast that brings the beloved characters to life with such passion and energy. The music? Oh, it's a symphony of catchy tunes that'll have you tapping your feet and belting out "Hakuna Matata" like you're part of the pride.

It's a show that'll have you laughing, crying, and feeling all the feels. Trust me, you won't want to miss this extraordinary theatrical experience!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Beatriz, the 31/05/2023

Amazing coordination, superb energy level and brilliant performance !!!! Team was great . The stage was magical and the effort put by the people on back was spectacular. Well done !!
Worth watching and would recommend it to others.
While selecting seating it’s better to select the seats closer to the stage .
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Nova, the 29/05/2023

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The show was a breathtaking it was so good, we enjoyed and we laughed so much. We love the story teller and the comedy side as well.

As far as I said, I think we had the best seat in the theatre because if you don’t have that you cannot enjoy the show and also we love the clothes wow.

I hope Oui mean yes.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Aisha, the 28/05/2023

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My son (14 y) and I really loved the show. The music, the decors, the characters! And we both want to be Pumbaa. The way he could use his tongue! And nose! The lady opening the show aas also the best. And then all the animals. Our compliments for the creativity combined wth those costumes! This was the first musical for my son and definitely nog the last!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Anouk, the 28/04/2023

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Great theatre - maybe the grand circle is not for those scared of heights!! The staging was fabulous, and scene changes smooth. The costumes were amazing and the performers were out of this world. A great show all round. Really loved it. Will definitely be on my 'see again' list for a future visit to London.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Olwen, the 25/04/2023

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Excellent musical, everything was great and we enjoyed it so much!!! Very good organised, the actors are great. The theatre was full of people, but the stuff was everywhere to help us. We would like to come back for another musical as soon as possible! We recommend it for anyone who wants to enjoy it! Lion king is great for families!!!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Polyxeni, the 17/04/2023

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The best thing I have ever seen in my life. The characters and the actors must have rehearsed this so many times, the sheer effort that must have gone into creating something like this is unimaginable to me. The kids loved it. The special effects on stage were so cool. I could watch this show again and again.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Vikram, the 06/04/2023

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Second time that I am seeing the show and it is really breathtaking. It is like the disney movie, you can’t stop watching it. The costumes are so nice, especially the way Moufasa and Scar have been done. Timon and zazoo are so funny and the voice of Rafiki is amazing! You can watch this show over and over again
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Inge, the 05/04/2023

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The show was spectacular from start to finish. All the actors were wonderfully cast especially Scar and Mufasa who sounded exactly like the original film. The costumes and staging were fantastic and made the show a magical experience. My 9 year old son had an amazing time but I would recommend it to people of any age. Every minute was captivating, definitely a must see show!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Carole, the 19/03/2023

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The lion ling has been an ultime favourite of mine and i was so excitee to see it brought to life, the lion kinh is an absolutely fantastic show, our second time seeing it and it's just as good as the first time. All the actors play their parts exceptionally well however rafiki, Timone and pumba shine in their roles. Would 100% reccomend seeing.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Rebecca, the 08/03/2023

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I went to see the lion king with my friends and I had a fantastic night! We came from Italy just to see the show and it did not disappoint! The cast was amazing and their voices were wonderful, each character had their own moment and we felt every emotion they felt. We had goosebumps from head to toe. Even if we already knew the story of the lion king we kept being shocked by the scenes and the costumes and they way each thing was thought out! Incredible and genius! It made our evening, I absolutely recommend! It was a dream of mine to see it and it was worth it 100%!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Beatrice, the 05/03/2023

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Wow.
What an amazing show!! The effects & costumes were 100/10. Lovely singing and the acting was spot on. We had seats in the grand circle at the end of a row in the middle and saw perfectly well if anything saw better as we were looking down on the stage and not up!
Food was reasonably priced and delivered to your seats.
Would go back and see this again
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Meghan, the 03/03/2023

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The show was amazing! The costumes and decor were super impressive and very spot on. The actors were really good and the while thing brought me back to childhood memories of watching the movie for the first time. I would definitely recommend the show to anyone - children or adults who have fond memories of the early 90s :D
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Ivelina, the 03/03/2023

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A magnificent show that we loved watching as a couple. The songs, dances, set and lighting were exceptional. We can't recommend this show highly enough. The organisation is incredible, we barely spent any time waiting even though it was a full house. Thank you so much!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Shirley, the 26/02/2023

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A wonderful show! Beyond your imagination and expectations! What a great experience and worthy of watching! What a lovely proof of love and affection to your inner child 💕💖 I simply loved the vibrant and very emotional at a time atmosphere! I would repeat that experience again and again and again 💗💛
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Margarita, the 26/02/2023

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Absolutely marvelous performance. The Lion King at its best. The overall ambiance and the inclusion of the stalls when the actors move through and about the podium and beyond that. The actors made the play come alive more than I had expected and I came in with high hopes. The percussionists in the royal circle working in tandem making this play a well deserved 5/5 star performance.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Kevin, the 23/02/2023

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We really enjoyed The Lion King. It's a spectacular show for both kids and adults. Fantastic show of
singing, dance, theatre . Great
atmosphere in The Lyceum theatre.
Plenty of staff in the theatre to
assist if required. Well worth a visit. Will definitely be back.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Enda, the 12/02/2023

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Incredible!! The costumes are exceptional, and the music is very well performed. Both the dancing and music were very moving. The main cast were exceptionally talented actors, and I was even more surprised to see how talented the children were. An exceptional show that I recommend to everyone.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Hetty, the 11/02/2023

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It was so unbelievably incredible, I cried 5 times!!! The music, the props and effects… just wow. It will be a memory I remember forever! I immediately called my family and told them everything I loved about the show and now they all can’t wait to see it for themselves! I Can’t recommend it enough!!!!!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Camilla, the 09/02/2023

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Exciting and at times moving show, wonderful scenography, an exceptional cast.
Just one word: fantastic!!!
Engaging show with dancers who also enter from the corridors of the spectators and with truly exciting costumes and sets
The orchestra never a flaw.
Truly fabulous colors and atmospheres. Will certainly come back to see it again with my kids too. Greit!!!!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Nicoletta, the 06/02/2023

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It was a magical show wow what a cast. The performances were absolutely amazing and the different scenes are stunning. We had so many emotions it was amazing from tears to laughter I definitely recommend this show for adults or kids it’s brilliant ! Also even if we booked at the last minute we had amazing almost front row seats with London musicals.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Anessa, the 02/02/2023

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Spectacular! A very strong opening, outstanding costumes, both the adult and child singers and actors are incredibly talented. The acting and lighting are unbelievable, and the sets are breathtakingly beautiful. You'll love this unique show in a magnificent theatre as its perfect for any type of group: families, friends or alone. This excellent performance sends a superb message! Every taxi driver says, "see it now, remember it forever!" It's an unforgettable experience which is worth the trip to London - you won't regret it! I had a wonderful time, thank you!
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Gloria, the 30/01/2023

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Unbelievable show fully recommend for all ages, it’s captivating from start to finish. The costumes and production exceeded all expectations and more, the characters are fully engaged with the audience, absolute spectacle

It was myself, partner and our 5 year old son, we attended the 7:30 show in January
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Tony, the 29/01/2023

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A very good show. The staging, sets, cast - everything was perfect. We loved it and will recommend it in the future. The costumes and choreography really made me dream and travel. Huge congratulations to the choreographer and all the dancers for their phenomenal performances! Thanks.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Iris, the 16/01/2023

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Absolutely fantastic, brought my mum to it and she was just amazed! Absolutely loved the musical and the staging and actors are incredible! My mum has never been to a West End show before and absolutely loved the movie, so seeing the show was a big must for her, and it did not disappoint. The queue was very quick and the seats had fantastic views and were very much worth the price paid.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Alisha, the 15/01/2023

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Fantastic!
Was so engaging with the public.
The only feedback I would like to give is the Theatre Staff should be a bit more vigilant.
Behind me were people that never stopped talking.
Is ok if you can ho every weekend to see a show.
But is not the case for us.
We flew from Italy for that.
All the best for the Actors.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Alessandra, the 08/01/2023

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The show was wonderful, the sets and costumes were breathtakingly beautiful. This well-known show was staged brilliantly. A lot of humour guaranteeing a good evening. The singers and dancers put on an incredible performance. I strongly recommend this show, which is perfect for children as well as adults.
👍 I recommend this show
👍 I recommend London Musicals

— Janet, the 31/12/2022

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Frequently asked questions

Tickets for The Lion King start at £46 per seat, depending on the performance date and seats chosen.

The Lion King is playing at Lyceum Theatre. The address is: 21 Wellington Street, WC2E 7RQ London.

The Lion King is around 2:30 long, including the intermission.

Based on the information we have at the moment, The Lion King will run until 19/10/2024. There's always a possibility that the production will extend their run.

Lots of musicals are family shows designed to appeal to children! However, please be aware that the theatre have set a minimum age of 3 to see The Lion King.

To get cheap tickets for The Lion King in London, you can visit the TKTS London last-minute box office for on the day tickets. However, as The Lion King is one of the most popular shows, it's very likely that TKTS may not have any seats available for this show.

If you want to see a specific show or if you have limited flexiblity in terms of dates, or want to secure a good seat, we recommend booking your tickets online ahead of time. By booking in advance, you'll end up with much better seats and see your favourite shows on a date that suits you.

Depending on the theatre, you'll be offered several ways to get your tickets during payment:

  • Collect my tickets at the theatre. Please come to the box office counters at the theatre 30 minutes before the performance begins with the booking confirmation email. You'll be asked to show ID or the bank card of the person who booked the tickets.
  • Send me my tickets by email. Go directly to the entrance 20 minutes before the start of the performance with your PDF tickets (printed or displayed on mobile).

Every theatre has been renovated recently with evey seat giving you a good view of the stage. However, the further you are from the stage, the further you are from the magic. The seats marked by a half-coloured circle indicate less good visibility (these seats are often at the back and so you can't see the whole set). We recommend avoiding them when selecting your seats.

We accept most bank cards via our secure payment system (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Ticket prices are set by theatres and productions. Even though the majority of musicals are suitable for children, there is no preferential child ticket.

Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless in the event of force majeure (the performance is cancelled or interrupted). If this is the case, the theatre or event organiser will contact you to begin the refund process.

An advertised actor can be replaced by another actor without any prior warning. Unfortunately, this is not a valid reason for requesting a refund.

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