Disney's The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King Tickets

Walt Disney's long-running and multi-award winning musical The Lion King continues to delight audiences in London's West End. After opening on Broadway in 1997, the show has gone on to be the most successful piece of entertainment in history, mounting numerous world-wide productions including the original London production at the Lyceum Theatre in the heart of the West End.

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's The Lion King is unlike anything ever before seen in musical theatre, and will redefine your expectations of what theatre can be. Director and designer Julie Taymor crafts a colourful, imaginative and highly creative world that brings the flora, fauna and animals of Africa to live, set against a timeless score by Elton John and Tim Rice, with additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.

Thousands continue to pack the Lyceum Theatre every week with their Lion King tickets to celebrate and revel in the majestic storytelling that transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. The Lion King began previews in the West End on 24th September 1999, with an official opening on 19th October 1999.

The production currently stars New Zealander Nicholas Afoa who makes his West End debut in the role of Simba, reprising his performance from the Australian production. Read our interview with Nicholas Afoa to find out more about his experience with the show.

Song List

The song list for the London production includes:

  • "Circle of Life"
  • "Grasslands Chant"
  • "The Lioness Hunt"
  • "I Just Can't Wait to Be King"
  • "They Live in You", "Be Prepared"
  • "The Stampede"
  • "Rafiki Mourns"
  • "Hakuna Matata"
  • "One by One"
  • "The Madness of King Scar"
  • "Shadowland"
  • "Endless Night"
  • "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
  • "He Lives in You (Reprise)"
  • "Simba Confronts Scar"
  • "King of Pride Rock/Circle of Life (Reprise)"

Book your The Lion King tickets, playing at the Lyceum Theatre, London.

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Disney's The Lion King running time: 
2 hours 30 minutes
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Based on the hit 1994 Walt Disney animated film of the same name, The Lion King musical is set in the African Pridelands and tells the coming of age story of lion cub Simba. Introduced to the animal kingdom as the heir to Pride Rock by his father Mufasa, Simba's birth has unsettled his Uncle Scar who finds himself relegated down the line of succession, and he plots along with his hyenas to kill both Mufasa and Simba in order for him to become King.

As Simba grows up and begins to test the boundaries, Mufasa teaches him about the circle of life and their place within the ecosystem. Tricked by Scar, Simba watches helplessly as his father is killed in a stampede. He is persuaded that the accident is his fault, and to run away leaving his friends and family behind. As Scar becomes King of Pride Rock, Simba grows up in the jungle, but his past soon catches up with him and he's finally forced to face his destiny.

Please note: Children under 3 years of age are not permitted to enter the Lyceum Theatre. The Lion King is recommended for ages 6 and up. All persons aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult and may not sit on their own within the auditorium. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
By:
Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi
Producer:
Walt Disney Theatrical productions under the direction of Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher.
Director:
Julie Taymor
Songs by:
Elton John and Tim Rice. Additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, Hans Zimmer.
Lighting:
Donald Holder
Design:
Richard Hudson
Choreography:
Garth Fagan
Costume:
Julie Taymor
Cast list:
George Asprey (Scar), Shaun Escoffery (Mufasa), Gugwana Dlamini (Rafiki), Ben Heathcote (Timon), Keith Bookman (Pumbaa), Nick Afoa (Simba), David Blake (Banzai), Barnaby Thompson (Ed), Janique Charles (Nala), Gary Jordan (Zazu), Melone M'Kenzy (Shenzi),
Other info:
Strobe lighting is used several times during the performance.

Lyceum Theatre

Address:
21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden

Disney's The Lion King Customer reviews

Our Disney's The Lion King Review

It's been fifteen years almost to the week that I first saw Disney's The Lion King in what was its first year in the West End. I don't think even Disney could have predicted that sixteen years later the show would still be London's most popular musical, selling out performances eight times a week and playing to packed crowds. Judging the show against the current climate of the West End, I... Read more

Latest Disney's The Lion King News & Features

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Disney releases new trailer for live-action The Lion King remake
Friday, April 12, 2019

Disney has released a new trailer for its upcoming remake of the 1994 musical film The Lion King. The remake, which uses CGI animation and live-action filming techniques, is set to be released in July 2019. It features the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and James Earl Jones. Featuring songs by Elton John such as “Circle of Life”, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King”, and “Hakuna Matata”, the original animated film features the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons and James Earl Jones.

Interview with Janique Charles, The Lion King's newest Nala
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

London's newest Nala in Disney's The Lion King, Janique Charles has a unique background for a West End star. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago she is making her West End début in a leading role having previously performed in the UK tour of the show which enjoyed a sit-down season in Basel, Switzerland. Journeying to London to take on this new challenge, she's excited at joining one of London's most successful shows in a demanding and iconic role.

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