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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, 11 February 2024

Running time
2h 30m (incl. 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 6187 reviews

What to expect








Young Couples:

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
Great show, must see!
It was a great show with nice twists to it. The live band and the costumes were fantastic. The cast did a very good job. You must see this show.
Kathleen, 21 Jun 2023
Eyes opened too the theater
Watch it it will blow your mind
Lee, 19 Jun 2023
Technical issues
There was technical issues and the show was cut short. But enjoyed it.
Naresh, 31 May 2023
awe-inspiring productions, animals brought to life on stage
Absolutely mind blowing, loved every minute
Pratima, 30 May 2023
Loin King show
What a spectacular show, especially the start. Very colourful. The volume of the speakers could be increased.
Ken, 28 May 2023
Amazing costumes definitely a show to see
From start to finish this show did not disappoint. Although seated in the grand circle row C we still had a very enjoyable time. Yes there were scenes that would’ve been so much better if in the stalls near the front, but for what we paid I have absolutely no regrets.
Alison, 21 May 2023
I think its gone downhill
I've seen the Lion King 4 times and absolutely loved it.This time we were surrounded by European students who were disruptive throughout the show, talking and moving around. I also felt the costumes and puppets weren't as elaborate or impressive as I've seen them before, nor the entrances from the auditorium. Even the singing didn't seem as loud or as strong this time. Bit disappointed for the first time after 4 exemplary shows so far.
Alison, 11 May 2023
Must see
Great show
EMMA, 09 May 2023
Entertainment at it's best. Colourful, humorous, codtumes are fantastic. Particularily loved the Giraffes.
maria, 09 May 2023
Very good
The animation and music were amazing, the content of the dialogue was possibly a little stilted.
Susan, 07 May 2023
Feast for the eyes
Fabulous show, costumes are amazing as is the puppetry. Great show for adults and children alike..there was a technical failure at the start of the show so they gad to restart 10 min later otherwise it was perfect
Jennifer, 06 May 2023
Must see, incredible props!
Everything was perfect but the stage presence of all the actors and props was truly marvellous! Fantastic all round
James, 03 May 2023
We had a blast
I took my friends from the country side with their 2 daughters and we all had a blast. The show is amazing
Yannick, 26 Apr 2023
Helt överväldigad - GÅ OCH SE DENNA. Nästan 3 timmar då man satt och verkligen njöt av allt. Enda nackdelen att man inte fick fota och ha minnen hem. MAGISK
Yvette, 25 Apr 2023
Amazing from start to finish
Superb in all respects
David, 22 Apr 2023
Wonderful experience and so glad I went
Wonderful show. The only negative was some noisy people at the end of the row talking throughout and trying to take photos.
Tracy, 20 Apr 2023
The show was fantastic but the sound was very low. We couldn't hear a lot of the words and people constantly talked in the royal circle for both acts.
Aoife, 20 Apr 2023
Amazing costumes
If you get the stall seats you have the performers pass by you and to the stage which is very fun
Molly, 20 Apr 2023
Breathtaking, although sound not always great from the stalls
I bsolutely loved the show. Everyone in the theatre seemed to love it too. The audience was clapping no end! The only reason for one less star is that from the right Side stalls, quite close to the stage, the sound was not very good. I could not make out Scar’s words when he was singing me the music was loud, s if the music was louder than his voice and Lao the sound was a bit too tinny for my liking. I expected more in that department, but overall, very pleased to have seen it and would recommend going!
Eirini, 19 Apr 2023
Such a spectacle. The costumes and sets were fabulous and so creative. Even though we were high up in the grand circle we had a fabulous view.
kate, 17 Apr 2023
A must see
Absolutely wonderful
William, 15 Apr 2023
Surprising creative
If you know the story than it's very clear, language is not a problem for children some minor explanation is sufficient.
Jan, 13 Apr 2023
Very good show
Show very very good, stage was brilliant and cast very good. Only negative I would say was the price of Drink , 1 beer and 1 glass of Wine £20:80p . An absolute disgrace, I bought a drink before show not knowning price. I didn’t not get one at interval due to these rip off prices
Stephen, 13 Apr 2023
Excellent a must see
Overall production was excellent. Couldn’t recommend highly enough
Sarah, 01 Apr 2023
It was a marvel from the very beginning. Excellent evening of entertainment. Would recommend it to anyone.
Ian, 30 Mar 2023
Absolutely amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this show. My wife and I were blown away by the way it played out and the characters were so good.
mark, 19 Mar 2023
Heartwarming visually sensational
I have wanted to take my 8 year old since I first saw this production 20 years ago. The prices for a matinee were unaffordable so we went for an evening performance purchased throw London Theatre week. The theatre was too warm and my son fell asleep after the interval. A real shame. It's a great show but please make the matinée affordable.
Michelle, 19 Mar 2023
A must see
Excellent!! Highly recommend!
Edith, 16 Mar 2023
Amazing show
This was an amazing show. I know some people compare the show now with ones from the past, saying the acting, singing etc was better then - maybe, but it still was a great night, costumes are brilliant. We had a bit of technical issues just before the end of the show, but it took them only 2 minutes to sort it out. One thing that could be improved is the theatre’s bathroom situation, as the long queue to women’s bathroom made me use the entire interval break just for that.
Celina, 15 Mar 2023
Great show
Antra, 09 Mar 2023
Timeless classic.
Fabulous show that never disappoints..
Andrew, 05 Mar 2023
An amazing exciting and lovely show
I liked the show because it felt so real and exiting and everyone should experience something like this.The actors were amazing and I just loved it 😍
Linda, 04 Mar 2023
Boring and poor story line
I heard such good things about this show and was disappointed. The costumes were poorly worn, a few parts of them came off during the show. Only two lion king songs from the movie played and it felt very slow. Lots of people around got irritable too as they got bored. Wouldn’t recommend to be honest, very upsetting after reading such great reviews
Ruby, 01 Mar 2023
Le spectacle est magnifique. L accueil au théâtre est chaleureux. On se place seul. Les sièges sont assez étroits et il faisait très chaud. Mais les points vraiment négatifs étaient nos voisins qui ont mangé non stop avec des bruits de sacs plastique. Pourquoi est il autorisé de manger ? A la sortie il y avait des détritus partout au sol dans certaines rangées. Mais le spectacle était grandiose nous avons passé une excellente soirée.
Valérie, 01 Mar 2023
Must see show, but
An amazing show, a must-see in London. Amazing costumes, great direction, true to the story! Definitely recommended. On the downside, we did the Sunday 2h30 session and it noisier than expected (probably because of kids). Also, the sound in Royal Circle was not good, very low, in instances you could hear more people chewing. Hopefully the night show is better.
Alex, 26 Feb 2023
Absolutely outstanding
From start to finish it didn’t disappoint just a shame 2 people on row in front couldn’t stick to the rules and kept taking photos 😢 causing the Stewart’s to come over which causes disruption.
Tina, 22 Feb 2023
It was amazing! The music, the acting, the costumes, it was outstanding!
Stephanie, 22 Feb 2023
Amazing show -we loved it !!
This is a brilliant show for all ages ! Music , costumes , lighting , actors were all amazing . Everyone must see this …
Natalie, 20 Feb 2023
Absolutely Brilliant
We saw the show when it first came out years ago and loved it then. We loved it even more the second time around. The young Lion was great and a shame he could not take a bow at the end but he must have a great career ahead of him. The whole cast were amazing.
Jennifer, 15 Feb 2023
Lion king Feb 2023
I have never been to a musical show before and Lion King did not disappoint. Everything about the show was amazing. Would definitely recommend x
Sharon, 12 Feb 2023
Fantastic. Special shout out the the girl who plays the cheetah
Andrew, 12 Feb 2023
A Phenomenal Show
I have just left the Lyceum Theatre after a phenomenal evening watching the Lion King! The costumes and the set are incredible and the effort put into these becalmed amazing because of the acting and the dancing. The cast is so energetic and give 100% every minute of the show. The powerful singing was fantastic. Well done to the two children who both gave amazing performances. Brilliant seats and a respectful audience made it all the better. What a night!
Hilda, 10 Feb 2023
From start to finish it was fantastic. Amazing cast and production, will recommend to everyone and will definitely watch again!
Amy, 10 Feb 2023
The story built at a steady rate until the arrival of Pumba and Timon in the jungle. After that it took on a new level and was truly captivating and entertaining. The impact of the costumes, colours and choreography was breathtaking.
Anne-Marie, 07 Feb 2023
Such a really impressive show!
This show was absolutely stunning. Such amazing actors, dancers, costumes, lights, music... literally everything was absolutely perfect! very very well worth the ticket price!
Stefania, 30 Jan 2023
A must see! Great day out for the family
Do not hesitate. Second time going to see the lion king!
Angela, 28 Jan 2023
Great feel good show with good acting, singing, costumes & set
Loved the show. We had brilliant seats and were really close to the actors, costumes and set. Great singing and acting. Nothing to fault.
Paul, 23 Jan 2023
I saw this play over 15 years ago. Back then had some wow effect. I was disappointed it hasnt been refreshed. A little girl sitting behind us summarised it very well when she turn to her mum and said… “I’m bored”. Too long as well…
Carolina, 15 Jan 2023
Amazing show!
The show was absolutely amazing! We will remember it for long time, it was best show ever! Thank you so much for that magical experience!
Monika, 15 Jan 2023
Second time - still amazing!
Ayelet, 07 Jan 2023
Fantastic scenery, great voices!
Really a fantastic start with scenery and costumes! The music and voices were great!
Lotta, 28 Dec 2022
Superb visually, with brilliant performances. Full of energy and fun. Memorable!
Jane, 22 Dec 2022
If you choose to see one show it is this one ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Just incredible / never seen something so spectacular . The costume , decoration , lights, Wahou
estelle, 22 Dec 2022
Fantastic beginning . Emotional and certainly captured the feeling of Africa. Did not feel the second half was as spectaculara as those first opening scenes .
Prisca, 22 Dec 2022
Colorful and entertaining
Wasn’t worth $150. The singing was great, the songs not so much. I was kinda disappointed in a couple songs that were changed that I was looking forward to hearing. Production was pretty good, costumes were good. My “wow” moment was the killing scene of mufasa. It was executed well.
Renee, 10 Dec 2022
Good show
Very enjoyable but a little overpriced
Gary, 09 Dec 2022
Best show ever
Wonderful production, as fresh as ever even after all the years. Most impressive sets, costumes and presentation.
Pamela, 05 Dec 2022
Great show enjoyed by four celebrating a big “0” birthday.
Really good show, great anamatronics, just a small technical hitch part way through first half but that happens with high end props, so no worries, you put it right & re-ran enough to follow the plot…….but please REFUSE RE-ENTRY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE TOO STUPID TO GET BACK TO THEIR SEATS AFTER THE INTERVAL - THEY KNOW THE RULES!
David, 03 Dec 2022
Seen this show 3 times now. Still amazing. Would really recommend it to all. So cleverly produced.
Barbara, 26 Nov 2022
what a show stopper!
what a show! it is a second time we coming to see it and I would gladly go again! the costumes are phenomenal! the acting fantastic! and loved the joke here and there. the changing scenery and all the props and moving stage - where really interesting to see. This is 1 of the favourite shows in London! and I would not only recommend all friends and family to come, but will gladly come with them for the third time!
Dovile, 17 Nov 2022
A real must-see show!
Katherine, 12 Nov 2022
Really good music, costumes and dancing
Touching Disney musical, with great music, dancing and costumes to enjoy !
Lena, 06 Nov 2022
Amazing, amazing, amazing!!!
This was my second time at the Lyceum Theater. But the first time with my 8 year old daughter. It was a perfect. The costumes, the Choreographie, the outstanding voices of actors. We both loved it! I can highly recommend it.
Beate, 03 Nov 2022
An amazing show
The Lion King was amazing we were spelbound will see again, tube stations near so travel to and from very easy. nothing negative to say just enjoy as we did,
SUSAN, 26 Oct 2022
Colourful, musical and good fun
Fantastic show, second time I have seen it but took my Son this time he really liked it too.
Stacy, 25 Oct 2022
Just perfect
Mark, 23 Oct 2022
Must see
What an absolutely incredible show! Music, acting, dancing, costumes, dancing and scenery all 1st class. Cannot recommend this show highly enough- if you only see one show, this is definitely the one to book! An incredible experience - absolutely amazing and truly wonderful!
Joanne, 22 Oct 2022
Great show!
We are very very pleased with the show, the music and the wonderful costumes
Didier, 21 Oct 2022
Absolutely amazing!
An amazing show, would definitely recommend
Kelly, 09 Oct 2022