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 5421 reviews
What to expect
We really enjoyed the show. Loved the music and the costumes! Great for any age! Katheryn, 21 May 2022
Marvelous Mohamad, 20 May 2022
Watch the movie instead
The best "number" of the show was the opening. It went downhill from there. The bigger puppets were good and they were less wooden than some of the live actors. The Disney movie does not translate well onto the stage. The use of dancing to replace some of the film sequences left me thinking that the ensemble could have done with 4 weeks more rehearsal. The dancing just wasn't as "slick" as one would expect from a West End Production. Also, the silly hats for the characters faces just did not work as they were practically invisible from the back of the grand circle. This was a song and dance show about animals in the african savannah with an underlying story. Cats didn't really have a story. But it was a song and dance show about animals and it knocked spots off this mediocre offering. Peter, 20 May 2022
Absolutely fantastic phillip, 19 May 2022
Singing and energy of the show was fantastic. Overall it was a Good family evening out. Thoroughly recommend for all the family. Murline, 13 May 2022
The costumes were absolutely amazing the colours and the whole production was just something else
Was worth every penny , and would highly recommend to anyone that has the opportunity to come , it was amazing. Kate, 13 May 2022
Creative Ron, 12 May 2022
Brilliant production Fiona, 10 May 2022
Superbly Spectacular Super Show Ken, 08 May 2022
Absolutely brilliant show!!
I am definitely coming back with my children to see it again! Elizabeth, 07 May 2022
Just awesome Nathan, 06 May 2022
Well worth going to see. A fantastic show! Nancy, 04 May 2022
Seats were terrible Yair, 03 May 2022
Amazing! Olga, 02 May 2022
Must see, African vibes Raimond, 02 May 2022
Lion King 30 April 2022
Amazing show. Acting was superb. We had seats on grand circle view was good for not too expensive tickets. Bar good. Didn’t have to wait long. Think show is best for age 10 plus as it is quite long for little ones to sit and concentrate. It was my husband’s first time of seeing the show and he loved it. It was my second time. We thoroughly recommend it and will return one day. Karen, 01 May 2022
Amazing!!! Fantastic!!! JOSE, 01 May 2022
Fantastic show Vivien, 30 Apr 2022
Great show. Avoid the afternoon shows if you want to hear it. Too many school children!
We really enjoyed the show but we’re really disappointed and upset with our seats. We paid £600 for this show and we were surrounded by a huge group of young school children that spent the entire time rustling crisp packets, kicking seats and talking throughout the show. The noise from such a huge group eating and opening packets of food the entire time made it really difficult to actually hear parts of the show and definitely impacted our enjoyment of the performance. I wouldn’t have minded if I had not paid so much money for my tickets. I feel it was unfair to pay such a huge price for these tickets. Emma, 28 Apr 2022
Brilliant show - great seats Bernadette, 28 Apr 2022
first class show
Not a lot to say, it is a first class show that will suit all, costumes are fantastic, would see it again. Mick, 24 Apr 2022
the only problem is for me the absence of the two young at the end.
You must find something for the end of the performance. FRANCOISE, 23 Apr 2022
Amazing show. Extremely talented artists combing drama, dance and puppeteer skills. It really is a feast for the eyes amazing!!! Must see! Niamh, 22 Apr 2022
This was an amazing show and everyone in the theatre seemed to enjoy it, the theatre is also excellent Stephen, 21 Apr 2022
I saw the show as a child a few years ago and I was still just as amazed and in awe when I saw it again recently !! What an amazing production also a big shout out to the guys on the bongos they never stopped Callum, 21 Apr 2022
A great show ! Go and enjoy...The atmosphère is amazing. The artists are awesome.You live and féel it.
The only bad thing is
People eat and leave their rubbish... Mireille, 20 Apr 2022
Must see show
Fantanstic show a must see for anyone! Aaron, 17 Apr 2022
A must see Timo, 15 Apr 2022
Show was fantastic however during the break we heard part of the toilets where not functioning. Patrick, 15 Apr 2022
I absolute recommend it! It was amazing... Ines, 15 Apr 2022
I loved everything of this show. However I would advise other visitors not to buy tickets for grand circle (the cheapest ones). On this area you will be too far from the stage and you will see the actors and stage from the top which will prevent you too see the optical illusions and fully understand the atmosphere they want create. For example, there were a part where they showed a river by shaking a bué fabric. On where I was sat I could see some lights passing behind the fabric and I couldn't understand what it was. Then I realised it was fishes (the optical illusion was creating a river with fishes). Daniela, 15 Apr 2022
Fantastic show! Cheryl, 14 Apr 2022
Magical Alison, 14 Apr 2022
Magical Mary, 14 Apr 2022
Creative Zinette, 11 Apr 2022
Had a fantastic time, really amazing performance. So funny and entertaining, and so much fun. Lucy, 10 Apr 2022
Colorfull Uri, 08 Apr 2022
The Lion King Brought to Life! Abigail Marie, 07 Apr 2022
One of the best shows Clare, 07 Apr 2022
Absolutely brilliant show. Amazing costumes and scenery. The little boy who played Simba was outstanding! Jocelyn, 06 Apr 2022
Definitely must see Paul, 03 Apr 2022
Fabulous Deborah, 02 Apr 2022
A must see ! Sue, 01 Apr 2022
Wonderfully colourful, lively and hopeful
Please wear a mask at the current time. The show was great, whether you’ve know the story or not. Great scenery especially. Stars for me were Rafiki, Timone and Poombah, and Scar. Richard, 01 Apr 2022
Exiting Viktorija, 30 Mar 2022
great show, fabulous costumes and acting, would go and see again and recommend Anne, 30 Mar 2022
The show is very beatifuly done, the costumes and set design is stunning. Vendula, 30 Mar 2022
Great entertainment Jamie, 26 Mar 2022
Fantastic rachael, 26 Mar 2022
A must see! For all ages!
A wonderful story, amazing costumes, a "got to see"! Fits all ages. Guro, 26 Mar 2022
My wife and I haven’t been to many West End shows and wanted to see something popular that has stood the test of time! This show did not disappoint, it made us laugh, it made us cry, and we were left absolutely in awe of a wonderful production! Highly recommended Ray, 25 Mar 2022
I arrived with a walking stick. They were extremely helpful and took the whole family up in the lift. They also helped at the end of the show. Thank you. Laurie, 24 Mar 2022
Creative Gianmarco, 24 Mar 2022
Good lively show
Good lively show Mohamoud, 22 Mar 2022
Show is just amazing 🤩 seen it twice now !! Highly recommend Yvonne, 20 Mar 2022
Absolutely epic! Loved every second! Shaan Khan, 20 Mar 2022
Revirw Timothy, 20 Mar 2022
exceptional acting, music, and prop work.
I grew up in the '90s with the original Disney rendition while also living in Africa at the time. The show was very well acted and made very good use of the Lyceum theatres stage equipment. A lot of the original songs and tunes are included as well as a few new ones, overall it is completely faithful to the original source material. Very impressed and would definitely recommend, no matter what age you are this will certainly be an enjoyable experience. David, 20 Mar 2022
Don't leave London without seeing this show!!!
Everything about this show was incredible! It was one of the highlights of our trip to London! Amazing how after so many performances, the cast presents it as though it were opening night! Very well done! Kellie, 20 Mar 2022
I took my children to see Lion King years ago when it had'nt been out for long. It was a great show for little ones.....now it has morphed into something else entirely. It's too long and drawn out. If you don't know the story you have little hope of following the plot. halfway through the second half there was a technical error and they stopped the performance. We took that as an opportunity to leave. Penny, 20 Mar 2022
10/10 would recommend
Amazing show!! Madeline, 17 Mar 2022
Best show of all time Aviv, 17 Mar 2022
Great show marcella, 16 Mar 2022
Everything was superb Gordon, 10 Mar 2022
Could people please have some respect and shut the f*** Up..... Torben, 09 Mar 2022
Colorful, creative and a great story. Very enjoyable! Jinfang, 03 Mar 2022
Cool musical Marta, 02 Mar 2022
Absolutely amazing! Would recommend to anyone Amy, 26 Feb 2022
Really great,cast replacement for second half done a good job,that has to be a tough job.. and the lioness with the headdress malfunction, dealt with it brilliantly,almost without anyone noticing..great funniest, and baboon/ mandrill, steals the show...my first ever show, I loved it JASON, 24 Feb 2022
Africa ca ca! Catherine, 23 Feb 2022
A Must See!!
Absolutely brilliant how they bring all the animals to life. Very smart on how it all works and the variety on the stage. Jean, 21 Feb 2022
2nd time I've seen it still amazing!!
Fantastic opening.. the best opening ever to a musical. Costumes are amazing definitely would recommend for families Kris, 20 Feb 2022
The most amazing show Tom, 20 Feb 2022
It’s a must see for all the family !!
This show is just amazing, the characters were brilliant, costumes and singing by all outstanding. Go see it !! Helen, 19 Feb 2022
Great show for all ages, with super sets, costumes and music and dance.
I went to the 7.30pm show with four children (aged 4-12) expecting 4 year old to be asleep but she loved it and stayed awake throughout! Used booster seats which helped viewing. Older ones not usually big theatre fans but said they really liked it too. Leave time to get in as covid document checks can take time. Highly recommended. Michelle, 18 Feb 2022
Fantastic and impressive Karen, 17 Feb 2022
Fantastic scenes from the beginning and to the end
The show was fantastic.
But be prepared on adults (guest’s) who needs to check their phones during the show and doesn’t know the meaning of “don’t filming or photograph the show”. When people do that they disturb the surrounding guests and the actors. Majken, 17 Feb 2022
An Uplifting Evening
Time went by in a flash as the show was so wonderfully entertaining. Strong ensemble all giving superb performances. The singing was heartwarming. Pauline, 17 Feb 2022
A must see indeed! Stunning performance and more than anyone could expect! Mia, 14 Feb 2022
This show was amazing so much talent and expertise involved. The theatre however did not have enough staff on the bars to serve people which resulted in long ques Aimee, 14 Feb 2022
one of the best shows for years
The whole experience of watching the show was incredible from the costume to the singing to the acting and then to the set pieces absolutely amazing.
Thumbs to everyone on the show, 5 stars gavin, 13 Feb 2022
The show was so good an amazing experience loved it Andrew, 13 Feb 2022
Fantastic fun tear jerking and beautiful and colourful
Just fabulous Gail, 11 Feb 2022
Amazing!!! Maria, 09 Feb 2022
Loved every minute
I first watched the lion king when I was 10 and went again around 20 years later and it was still just as spectacular as when I was a child. I felt the only downside were the seats being a little uncomfy towards the end. Kate, 07 Feb 2022
Such a good show, so much to look at. Songs are amazing. Staging is great and the odd bit of comedy!
Only downfall i would say is audience ‘food wrapper’ noises. Ruins the experience hearing loads of shuffling every second. Louis, 06 Feb 2022
The costumes and the stage background must be seen Jaeeun Jane Elizabeth, 03 Feb 2022
Splendid and spellbound MOHAMMED, 02 Feb 2022
Amazing DOROTHY, 02 Feb 2022
Captivating from beginning to end
We loved everything about the show. It was our first time but we would definitely watch again. Costumes and effects cleverly done. Lisa, 29 Jan 2022
Brilliant show Kirk, 28 Jan 2022
A must see! So beautiful
The Lion King was a superb show. The story was true to the film. The costumes were stunning. It was so beautiful to watch. The two child actors blew my breath away. So glad we manages to finally see it Charlotte, 17 Jan 2022
Brilliant piet, 16 Jan 2022
Excellent show but I think the age of children attending should be 5 years or over Maria, 16 Jan 2022
Awesome from beginning!
Everything was just awesome. The dancing singing costumes and acting. We throughly enjoyed it.
I took my Grandaughter 10 years whom was mesmerised.
The story we all knew didn’t take away the show. It was brilliantly done.
Thank you Penny, 08 Jan 2022
Must see Ciaran, 08 Jan 2022
Very enjoyable evening Jenny, 06 Jan 2022
All great round entertainment from first walking into the theatre, the show was amazing. All the staff and cast members were fantastic. We had such a fun exciting night. Paul, 01 Jan 2022
fantastic shiw Ma Cecilia, 31 Dec 2021