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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
Sunday, 30 March 2025

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.

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Simply wonderful
Magical experience with great costumes, performance and live music!
Carmelina, 14 Jul 2024
Night at the lion king
Royal circle seats, sound and acoustics could have been better from these seats, not enough toilets for the number of people and a short break meant we were late back. Otherwise great performance
Phillip, 13 Jul 2024
Amazing show!
The show was amazing and very entertaining! Worth every penny. The costumes, lighting, music, acting you name it was of very high quality. I highly recommend it.
Janet, 13 Jul 2024
Colourful, excellent lighting
Thoroughly enjoyable seein the LK again after 23 years! Loved the costumes and puppetry. Lighting especially effective when characters silhouetted against bright background At times stage sound could have been sharper. Shame about the technical interruption but no fault to anyone, was corrected asap and audience kept informed.
Anita, 13 Jul 2024
Great experience!
Wonderful show for all ages!
Eugene, 12 Jul 2024
Lyceum Lion King
Beautiful performance, fantastic production, wonderful venue. Loved the no phones and cameras reminders. First show in London but not the last 🤩🤩🤩
Andrew, 12 Jul 2024
Awesome. Blown away!
I had seen this over 20 years ago and loved. This time I wanted to take my 12 year son. He had no interest in going. He thought it was for kids and will have people in puppet outfits. At interval time I asked how was it and his response “ok. It’s pretty good”. He loved it. And I loved it as if I was watching it for the first time. Everything was perfect. Even if you don’t like theatre, or Disney, you will walk away loving this show. A must watch! I’ll go again.
Saira, 11 Jul 2024
Super show
Incredible costumes, impeccable acting! Our soon-to-be 3 year old loves every bit of it and so did my husband and I. Thank you!
Adeline, 10 Jul 2024
A once in a life-time opportunity!
Amazing back-drops, sets, costumes. Loved the actors popping out in the auditorium to do various things. Enjoyed seeing and hearing the drummers in the boxes. Love the music especially the parts where the dancers perform to the African music but especially love the songs. Thought the puppetry was amazing. We went to a matinee with lots of children present in the audience. I would advise going in the evening to see this show. I haven't been to a show in a long time so was surprised to see so much popcorn, drinks and sweets consumed during the performance.
Michele, 10 Jul 2024
Fantastic
It was a fabulous show lots of action, fantastic costumes, wonderful music all in all wonderful
Anibal, 10 Jul 2024
Amazing, my girls and I absolutely loved it! Highly recommended!
Stunning performers, scenes and costumes. Amazing music players and dancers!
letizia, 07 Jul 2024
Magical
A show that does not disappoint, we could watch it over and over again!
Luisa, 06 Jul 2024
Outstanding!
Outstanding performance, costumes were amazing. The best show I’ve ever seen.
Yvonne, 03 Jul 2024
Lion King: a story with a message for everyone
A great performance with no time to be distracted from. We thoroughly enjoyed from young to old.
Johanna, 01 Jul 2024
Always wonderful
Third time that I see the show. The 2 first times were in Broadway where the room was much higher and the view better wherever you were seated. The sound was also better. But the performance, musicians, singers, dancers were amazing.!
Tho, 29 Jun 2024
Just spectacular
We went with my son's exchange student who was blown away with how amazing the show was
Joanne, 23 Jun 2024
A must see
Please check you seating ticket,we were shown the wrong seats and were moved 10 minutes after show started When people arrived late
Gail, 23 Jun 2024
Spectacular and moving
I came thinking this was a children’s show; it is, but it’s so much more. There’s an astonishing depth to it, and a joyous inventiveness.
Alison, 22 Jun 2024
Looks like the actors were tired
The old Simba was clearly losing his voice and was not really articulating the lyrics, especially on the last part of “can’t you feel the love tonight”. Nala was also giving me the impression that she was loosing her breath when she’s singing, head tone was good but during her solo with the rest of rest of the lionesses, she was running out of breath. I think the staff should also keep an eye on everyone, as I saw someone secretly taking a video during the show.
Ronelo, 20 Jun 2024
Hakkuna Matata!!!
This show is worth every penny!!! Emotional Rollercoaster and outstanding performances and practical visual effects.
Mohammad, 20 Jun 2024
Good show for kids and teenagers
The theatre seats aren't comfortable. I had to leave before the show ends.
Mohammed, 18 Jun 2024
Best show I’ve been to!
AMAZING performance. I’ve been to many Broadway productions… including the Lion King on Broadway and this might be the best I’ve ever seen! My kids thoroughly enjoyed it. I love that you can order drinks and snacks to your seat as well.
Emily, 15 Jun 2024
Lion King lives on
Excellent show, very good dancing when ensemble used. Brilliant costumes, lighting, reasonable story line. Some people in the audience could not seem to exist without their mobile phones on, to the detriment of the enjoyment of others. The use of their phones was nipped in the bud quite promptly by the attendants. Incomprehensible to me that people at a live show would need to look at a screen...
Susan, 13 Jun 2024
Amazing performance
Amazing show and it was done really well. The costumes and all the props were sone really well.
Irma, 11 Jun 2024
From start to finish was unbelievable rated 100/100
This show was unbelievable and need to experience What I experienced the whole show was well put together the actors music amazing
Anna-Marie, 09 Jun 2024
Spectacular performance and show
I loved the whole experience and the atmosphere was nostalgic and very friendly.
Jayeeta, 03 Jun 2024
Nice show
It was nice show but we didn’t hear the actors voice and there was currysmel in the theater
Abdulrahman, 31 May 2024
Outstanding family show, with African style influences, we loved it
This was a great show for the family, it was worth coming to London, if you loved the film you'd love the show,the music was awesome it was lovely to feel almost part of the show at some points,the costumes were excellent, brilliant would love to see again some.
Tracey, 28 May 2024
Amazing
Wonderful. Amazing settings and cosrumes. Everything about this show is stunning.
Rosamund, 26 May 2024
Good entertainment
Overall, it was a great performance and enjoyable.
Lai Ting, 25 May 2024
Knock out show
This was the third time I'd seen the show and it was just as fantastic as the first time. I would recommend it to anyone as it's a real family show.
Maria, 23 May 2024
Fantastic
Amazing theatre great opening and from there it just keeps getting better. The animals are quite fantastic and the singing and dancing are first class
Grant, 22 May 2024
Beautiful
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
Great
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
Outstanding!
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
Amazing
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
Excellently
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
Fabulous
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
Magnifique ! Costumes, décors, musique et beaucoup de poésie. Nous avons adoré !
Annie, 01 Mar 2024
Magnificient
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
Marvellous!
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
Amazing
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
Exellent
Aneta, 29 Jan 2024
Fabulous show
Feel good theatre!
Denise, 28 Jan 2024
Good evening entertainmeny
CREATIVE,COLOURFUL AND FABULOUS SHOW. ENTERYAINING AND CATCHES THE MAGINATION. AMAZING MUSICAL.
Amanda, 20 Jan 2024
Fabulous
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
Awesome
Stunning show, highly recommended
Navin, 11 Jan 2024
Enchanting
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
Amazing
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
Amazing!
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
Astonishing
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
Wonderful
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
Magnificent
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
Brilliant
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
Awesome!!!
Great show!
Maree, 07 Nov 2023
Amazing
It was breathtaking, I loved it and recommend it to everyone!
ANAIS, 02 Nov 2023
Breathtaking!
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
Amasing
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
WONDERFUL
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