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The Lion King - the multi-award winning musical
You hope all nights in the theatre will be like this!
It lights up the West End with a blaze of fabulous imagination

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Booking from
Sunday, 1 August 2021

Booking until
Saturday, 19 October 2024

Running time
2hr 30min. Incl. 1 interval.

Performance Times

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The Lion King

In 1999 The Lion King, already a hit, took to the stage at the Lyceum. In autumn 2014 it was named the 'most successful production of all time'. The Lion King has generated more than £3.8 billion pounds in ticket sales and over 75 million of us have seen and adored it so far. So what's the world's favourite ever musical about?

The action is set against the beautiful Serengeti Plains of Africa. The colours are glorious, the costumes are breathtakingly intricate, the puppetry is extraordinary... and the show tunes, written by Sir Elton John, are quite simply inspirational. You'll love the heart-warming story of little Simba the lion cub, who can't wait to become the king of the pride. But his nasty Uncle Scar has other plans and when tragedy strikes Simba, certain he's unwanted, runs away. Without him the Pride, led by the evil Scar and his hyena henchmen, soon begins to suffer.

An epic journey follows. Will Simba's loyal friends Timon and Pumbaa be able to help put the past behind him? Will he ever become king, heal the great Pride Lands and restore the magic of the circle of life? You'll have to come and see. No matter what your age, tastes or inclinations it'll put a huge smile on your face.

Audience Latest Reviews

Reviews Summary based on 6539 reviews

What to expect








Young Couples:

Amazing work. The sets were very clever, there is so much colour. The choreography and changing sets are so proffessional not a glitch throughout; the dancers are perfect so strong and fit with beautiful smiles.The singing is heartfelt and soulful.Young Nala has a voice to look out for! My favourite was the soothsayer her part was so magical and what a voice. I was so happy for them all I was crying at the end. Im 62 but if you are a small child this must be so magical! We came for our childs 21st birthday we are so glad we chose to do the show by way of celebrating 21 years!
Roz, 20 May 2024
Fantastic show,great costumes,well acted Really enjoyed it Music amazing
Guy, 18 May 2024
Much changed
I saw this same show 8 years ago and was blown away. However this time around wasn't so and more disappointed. I found the acting apart from mufasa, rafiki and pumba to be underwhelming. Examples being scar seemed to either mis time and speed up "be prepared" and reminded me of the live action film, which also wasn't a fan. Also he seemed to be less dominant than the character demands. I found young Simba's singing in "can't wait to be king" to slow and pronunciation of the words almost spoken, same for be prepared. Zazus character became more and more panto as the performance went on which actually annoyed me. I did like the singing of the usually background music from the film. The version of feel the love tonight seemed to lack emphasis the song deserves. The random adding of scar wanting Nala as a queen was weird and lead knowhere. One massive bug bear was mufasa over touching young simba. I get there's meant to be a father son emotion but he doesn't need to touch him that much. As a father of young children really put me off.
Matthew, 15 May 2024
Highly recommend. Enjoyed everything the amazing costumes, the acting, the dancing, the singing and the humour.
Rebecca, 09 May 2024
Color, Costumes, & Family
I remember the original story, and those brought it to life for so many new viewers. What a spectacular show for all.
damarcus, 04 May 2024
It’s a must see show
We absolutely loved the show it really was amazing
Sheila, 26 Apr 2024
Must see - wonderful
Very creativeand wonderful. Fantastic singers and dansers. Costumes like I have never seen before. A life experiance
Sigridur, 19 Apr 2024
Limp Cast
I had been looking forward to seeing the show for Many years however struggled to afford the tickets, sadly I found the show to be quite limp and nowhere near the expectations I had set. Rafiki, Timon and Pumba saved the show, they were amazing as was Scar, however the rest I found quite underwhelming. I couldn’t understand the need to use teddies on sticks when the actual characters were present (Pumba and Nuala). The theatre was uncomfortable especially if you are a taller or larger person, lots of people were in their on phones and talking.
robert, 19 Apr 2024
Great show, theatre could be better
Amazing show starred by great actors, music and costumes. Only the theatre disrespected the show by letting people come late after the start.
Otto, 13 Apr 2024
Amazing show with stunning costumes and storytelling.
Highly recommended show
Vidhya, 10 Apr 2024
The whole cast, musicians and production team received a well deserved standing ovation
Such a clever production & wholly talented cast. The rich voices of Rafiki and Mufasa gave me goose bumps.
Kate, 08 Apr 2024
Grand Spectacle
This was a spectacle of great theater. This is why the world goes to London for theater. Wonderful , intoxicating, powerful fantastical production.
Terri, 07 Apr 2024
Refresh your past memories
Relived my childhood memories. The show took me back in my old days where I saw simba movie for the first time . Excellent show!
Pavitra, 05 Apr 2024
Lion King
This show is phenomenal and totally spectacular. We have seen many westend shows but none compare to this.
Lloyd, 04 Apr 2024
A must see
Elaine, 27 Mar 2024
2nd time
2nd time of watching Lion King it’s fantastic
Kim, 21 Mar 2024
Absolutely brilliant
Colourful,energetic and great entertainment for all.You won't be didsapointed
Jane, 20 Mar 2024
Brilliant Show
Everything about the show was outstanding
Deborah, 18 Mar 2024
Incredible !!!!
A voir une fois dans sa vie 🤩
Marion, 18 Mar 2024
Myst see
Shane, 17 Mar 2024
Not to be missed!
The best show I have honestly ever seen! It’s not just a show it’s a sensory experience! The actors with the animation and animals they just capture the entire energy of the animal and the motions of the animal they are being. The sounds and lighting amazingly well executed and the music to go with the movement of the animals is just fantastic! I have never cried at a show before until I watched this it’s so moving, the atmosphere and the entire spectacle just makes it all the more emotional. What a truly ore inspiring.
matthew, 16 Mar 2024
Explosion of music, colour and costumes
Really enjoyed the show from the beginning the music and costumes explode onto the stage and the acting was superb.
Janet, 14 Mar 2024
A wonderful performance in every way. Would thoroughly recommend.
Sally, 06 Mar 2024
A must see, for all audiences colourful lovely show!
Recommended for all audiences, a timeless masterpiece. Great story, amazing performances and very entertaining features.
Mohamed, 05 Mar 2024
Magnifique ! Costumes, décors, musique et beaucoup de poésie. Nous avons adoré !
Annie, 01 Mar 2024
I went with my friend and her 5 year old daughter. Although I am a huge Elton John fan I never really liked the music for the film soundtrack nor was I a great fan of the film. I went to see the Lion King at the theatre for the 5 year old girl. I expected it would be a great stage production. I have to say I thought it was magnificent in every way. I loved the African rhythms incorporated into The Circle of Life (my friend equally loved the show but thought The Circoe of Life version was not as good as the film soundtrack version.) I go to the theatre as often as I can and thought The Lion King would not be for me. It was MAGNIFICIENT. THE BEST SHOW I HAVE SEEN. I want to see it again and there is so much to take in I think you could see it several times and see things you had not seen previously.
Nigel, 26 Feb 2024
The costumes, the music, the dancing - everything was fantastic! We had great seats (Stalls close to the mid center). It was perfect except for a group of people who came late and then had like a three course meal behind us.
Susanna, 26 Feb 2024
Really n8ce show but the venue is really cold
The show was wonderdul but the aircon froze us even with our coat on. Not as enjoyable as it should
Fanny, 24 Feb 2024
A spectacle which has surpassed the Disney movie
This is a spectacular show with amazing costumes, lighting, stage, dancing and singing. Everything was truly superb. It is children friendly ( although there are a few scenes where the sound and lights immitate sthunder and lightening so my daughter jumped off her seat) and wonderfully entertaining. If you go you'll never forget it!
Ivana, 24 Feb 2024
So creative!
Great show and amazing music. Mufasa character wasnt great. Felt a but rushed and acting not as mature or genuine but the rest was aaamazing all the actors nailed their parts!
Aisha, 19 Feb 2024
Absolutely fab. The costumes and puppetry are amazing.
Ginnette, 17 Feb 2024
Brilliant must see
Seen twice family seen three and took grandchildren age 7/9 for first time loved it
Lavinia, 16 Feb 2024
Met expectations
Truly magical. Would happily see it again in a hurry!! Drinks extortionate so take your own!!
cath, 15 Feb 2024
Just Magical
This show is so beautiful. The costumes are fantastic, the dancing is superb and the whole show is a feast for the eyes and the ears!
Ruth, 04 Feb 2024
Fantastic show
Aneta, 29 Jan 2024
Fabulous show
Feel good theatre!
Denise, 28 Jan 2024
Good evening entertainmeny
Amanda, 20 Jan 2024
One of the best west end shows we've seen. The costumes and puppetry are just fantastic. We were in the grand circle, a long way up but good value and we had a good view.
Susie, 11 Jan 2024
Stunning show, highly recommended
Navin, 11 Jan 2024
Fabulous show The acting of the characters were brilliant & we couldn’t take our eyes off the stage I took my grand children & they loved it The trip was worth the look on their faces
Sharon, 08 Jan 2024
A colorful dream between fairy tale and reality
A crescendo of emotions for adults and children
Isabella, 03 Jan 2024
Lovely experience as always!
Its the third time we watch this show in London, and has again been an amazing experience all together. The only downsides are probably the expensive side of things, from tickets to bar.
Evangelia, 31 Dec 2023
One of the best musicals I’ve seen so far.. loved every minute of it.. The only disappointment I had was the behavior of other guest… eating and drinking during the show shall not be allowed .. this is not cinema, and there shall be appreciation for the performance on stage as well as other sitting next to you.. as well as people shall not be allowed in once performance started .. today it was a continuous movement between the raws that disturbed viewing..
Olga, 31 Dec 2023
The show was amazing and the actors / singers quite impressive. The actor playing Scar had unfortunately a low voice. Overall the play was awesome, we would definitely recommend it!!
Gaia, 30 Dec 2023
Sorprendente per gli effetti scenici. Coreografie perfette.
Seconda parte un po' lenta, si poteva sintetizzare
Giuseppa, 23 Dec 2023
This was absolutely amazing!!! The whole thing is incredible. Massive job to put something like this together. Well done. I absolutely loved it!!!
Samantha, 21 Dec 2023
A must see show
Great music fantastic acting Great experience
Charlotte, 20 Dec 2023
Absolutely amazing
Every moment was enjoyable. Colours, acting, singing, humour were perfect. Would recommend
Helen, 16 Dec 2023
A beautiful show
Amazing, we flew from Sweden and it was the best theater we have seen.
Mina, 10 Dec 2023
Great experience
We visited the show with our daughter. We all enjoyed it very much. Dynamic, nice costumes, excellent acting. Music an sound perfect.
Jean Paul, 07 Dec 2023
Colourful and spectacle
We did enjoyed it a lot during our London weekend
Ben, 26 Nov 2023
Music and costumes
I didn't like the seats weren't comfortable
Rosa, 25 Nov 2023
What a wonderful show.. well done to all the cast.. well worth going to see
Irene, 20 Nov 2023
Great show ?
I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. We had the front row seats but they did come at a big cost!
Sumaiya, 19 Nov 2023
Still fabulous
Wow! A great spectacle
Michelle, 16 Nov 2023
Wow, from the very first second this show is magnificent. The cast, the production, the costumes... superb. An absolute must see. There's a reason why this show has been filling theatres for 20 years.
Georgina, 16 Nov 2023
Show was brilliant I couldn't fault it, however was sat next to noisy school children talking having phones out was very disappointing and off putting from the wonderful show just disappointing that nothing was said, also staff keep walking up and down standing in my way for some time.
Siobhan, 15 Nov 2023
Lion king was amazing!
Amazing show. Highly recommend stalls to get immersive viewing!
Kerry, 15 Nov 2023
The costumes are unique!
De kostuums waren fantastisch, het is zeker een uniek spektakel. Het is minder mijn ding, duidelijk een dansmusical. Het hele openingsnummer geweend, zo mooi! Ze proberen enorm aan te sluiten bij de film, wat niet echt mogelijk is in musical. Dat levert een prachtige scene op voor 'the stampede', maar ook zwakke dialogen die niet vertalen in een musical.
Sofie, 14 Nov 2023
Great show!
Maree, 07 Nov 2023
It was breathtaking, I loved it and recommend it to everyone!
ANAIS, 02 Nov 2023
Even though we at the grand circle, our seats were good enough to see everything with the help of the binocular if you want to see their face expression of the details. The costumes were breathtaking, the songs were to cry for and the storyline had their original bits that keep us entertained. My 8yrs old son gave the show 10/10
Maneth, 29 Oct 2023
The show was even better than I thought in spite of all the good review.
Viola, 29 Oct 2023
Woefully insufficient toilet facilities for the large crowds
During the break there was a sea of people queuing for only a few toilets. For a central London venue it is woefully under-bathroomed. Would I go to this theatre again? Hmmm… Did I find it frustrating and did it affect my overall enjoyment of the performance? Undoubtedly yes.
Stefan, 27 Oct 2023
perfect for the 5th time
to many very young children for an evening show
Martin Kurt, 23 Oct 2023
Good, but honestly have experienced better
Story is of course, sets are great, but the young Simba actor was not the best and too many one/two person acts. I prefer large group acts which involve more performers. Those acts were by far the most fun. Overall a good show, but doesn’t compare to the likes of Wicked or Mary Poppins.
Anisa, 21 Oct 2023
Absolutely fantastic show soo worth every penny From start to finish soo many laughs Big big props to all the actors
lucas, 21 Oct 2023
Better then expected!
The show was truly marvelous!!
Céline, 04 Oct 2023
Everything was very professional about the show. Costumes we awesome . Can’t fault the show.
Silvana, 04 Oct 2023
Only one word describes the show - stunning.
Linda, 02 Oct 2023
colourful lively show
probably not suitable for smaller children under 7 or 8 great costumes, lively and followed the Disney movie line.
carl, 30 Sep 2023
wonderful play
I have seen it before 10 years ago and this is my child 1st time at the theatre and it couldn't have been better. my child now wants to go and see other plays. The one negative point is that I couldn't get a booster seat and I didn't know we could get one before this. it would have been nice to know for her experience would have been even greater.
Apiramy, 26 Sep 2023
Great if you like music and dancing
Great show but too much Dancing in some areas. Costumes and actor were great. They should defo ban popcorn s all you can hear is people getting with your mouths open. Kinda spoils things
Amy, 22 Sep 2023
Excellent family show
So colourful, entertaining and fabulous costumes. Well looked after by the disability assistance team. Thank you
Gillian, 22 Sep 2023
Amazing show from start to finish
Lillian, 21 Sep 2023
One of the most beautiful shows i ever seen, costums of the highest leve so were the cast.
Evelyne, 20 Sep 2023
Amazing production
Exquisite costumes, superb acting and good story line that is easy to follow. Great theatre and super helpful staff. Wonderful afternoon.
Christine, 10 Sep 2023
Bright and Colourful.
Bright and colourful, action started immediately and one was immediately focused. There were moments of topical humour. Full of familiar songs . Very creative production of the animals and visually very convincing.
Anne, 10 Sep 2023
This is the third time I have seen the show, the first time over 10 years ago. Now having kids and wife, its expensive… but worth the wait for theatre week. Its sad that the show is targeted for high income.
Graeme, 09 Sep 2023
Absolutely wonderful
The costumes, set and performances are absolutely amazing. This is my second time and I would see it again.
Nadine, 09 Sep 2023
Absolutely magnificent
Incredible stage production, amazing costumes & choreography with a brilliant cast. Wonderful effects which held us spellbound throughout the entire performance. Truly magnificent performance. 10/10
Valerie, 07 Sep 2023
Good show
I watch many show I thought this a a great family show
Stephen, 06 Sep 2023
The most beautiful play I Have ever seen
I can’t recommend it enough, it was marvellous: actors and actresses, music, costumes, the whole set up of the show, tje experience is full of emotion from beginning to end. I cried the whole way through!
Macarena, 04 Sep 2023
Wonderful, watch it again
I was speachless from the whole set, dancers,artists,musicians and the whole staff from the front of house as well. I saw they love what they do and the direction of the performance is impressive. I felt like could be a kid again for a few moment and the wisdom of the story (and Mufasa) spoke to me as well.
Bea, 03 Sep 2023
Literally one of the best things I’ve ever seen! From the props, the music, the costumes to the excellent performers! 10/10 would highly recommend! I was even reduced to tears due to how amazing it was!
Leanne, 02 Sep 2023
Presently suprised
Was fantastic I'm still buzzing days after
Gerald, 02 Sep 2023
Merveilleuse mise en scène et magnifiques voix
Les décors sont époustouflants les danseurs et chanteurs font une magnifique prestation et la mise en scène est parfaite .on ne sait plus où donner de la tête. C'est un spectacle féerique à voir et revoir ! les enfants n'ont même pas besoin de comprendre l'anglais pour apprécier ce spectacle !
stephanie, 31 Aug 2023
Best venue for Lion King!
I have seen this show in bigger venues (Houston & Broadway) but the intimacy and closeness of the actors made this production the most exciting!
Mary, 30 Aug 2023
I last saw this show approximately 25 years ago in Minnesota. I remembered it being spectacular and this followed suit! Incredible costumes, music and performance!
William, 27 Aug 2023
Brilliant from start to finish
We had a wonderful time watching the lion king,the costumes and music were amazing.
Tracy, 25 Aug 2023
Fantastic costumes great singing
What a wonderfull place staff absolutely friendly and helpfull a real must show to see
Janice, 16 Aug 2023
The music was amazing, touching additions to disneys story.
Zdenko, 07 Aug 2023
A must see
Show really good and costumes lovely
Michael, 06 Aug 2023
Second experience with Lion King
We were a bit disapointed, have seen part of Lion King in Disney Land Paris once and that experience had a higher standard. Our visit in Lyceum was first time for my two teens aged 17 and 19, we all thought it was a good show but we weren’t blown away. Unfortunately we had stats next to a family who translated and spoke during the whole show. That takes away some of the experience for the rest of us among with teenagers in the row in front who used their phones. Would have wished the staff were more around watching for phones/filming. Next time we choose a musical with more songs to lift the experience (like Mamma Mia)
Christina Schmidt, 30 Jul 2023
Amazing spectacle
This is the 2nd time my daughter and I have seen Lion King and it lived up to our expectations. Everything was absolutely amazing, actors,music. The costumes were extraordinary, ot was difficult to see where the human ended and the animal started. Wild happily come back again to see the show.
Gaynor, 30 Jul 2023
Fantastic- story is timeless
We had great seats couldn’t believe we fit 2nd row. My daughter and I had never seen this when it came out in Australia so it was a bonus to see it in London. Would definitely see it again
Christiana, 25 Jul 2023
Birthday Treat
This Theatre went above and beyond to make my Mums birthday treat to be spectacular. My Mum has limited mobility and lung cancer and staff went out of their way to be kind considerate and welcoming. The staff and cast made it a truly memorable occasion.My Mum loved every minute and it lived up to all her expectations. It was amazing spectacular and fantastic night.
Jackie, 24 Jul 2023
Must see
Amazing experience for everyone. Sitting in the stalls made it so much more inclusive and fun. A great production indeed. Everyone was spot on. However The lion king dad did not convince me , poor acting from him.
Luca, 22 Jul 2023
Must see - great for children too.
I first saw The Lion King many years ago which I thoroughly enjoyed so absolutely wonderful for me to be able to take my 12 year old and 10 year old grandsons visiting from abroad. They loved the story line, the costumes, the stage and how it changed and how the actors moved like the animals they presented. Grandsons clued mentally to all going on, with "shoulder" movement each time a jolly song was sang. A lovely opportunity for us to enjoy the theatre together. Great communication during interval, on way home and following days, incl. grandchildren sharing with parents too.
B, 18 Jul 2023
Amazed by the animal representation
Costumes and animal represent station was simply amazing and stole the show for me. Everything was good, but loved the spectacle and scenes. A must see.
Peter, 28 Jun 2023