The Lion King

Lyceum Theatre

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Three years after the animated Simba strolled across cinema screens worldwide The Lion King made its Broadway debut in 1997, attracting audiences instantly and going on to pick up Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Scenic Design in a Musical and Best Costume Design. The latter award is particularly relevant as The Lion King sought to bring the animals of the Pride Lands to life in a live setting, utilising imaginative costumes and designs to bring the African planes to life.

The story of The Lion King is much like that of the 1994 movie, with the animals of the kingdom gathering around pride rock to witness the unveiling of King Mufasa’s new lion cub Simba. With Elton John’s The Circle of Life as the soundtrack, the new cub is displayed for all to see and an epic adventure is about to begin. We follow Simba as he grows up, nurtured by his father as a future king and befriending the female Nala. Together they get into trouble and come to distrust his evil Uncle Scar.

But The Lion King also takes some of its cues from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as Scar’s plan to take the throne sees him cause the death of King Mufasa and pin the blame on Simba. Causing a stampede, Simba is narrowly saved by his father, only to witness him perish in the chaos. Scar convinces him that it is his fault and Simba flees his home, never to look back.

Whilst away from the Pride Lands, Simba befriends Timone and Pumba, whilst attempting to put his past behind him. But eventually, Simba must face the demons of his past and as an adult he returns to his home to set things straight and face Scar once and for all.

The Lion King was first seen by London audiences when it opened at the Lyceum Theatre in 1999, where it remains to this day. It celebrated its tenth anniversary in October 2009, with James Earl Jones (the original Mufasa) amongst its audience. During its successful run it has gone from strength to strength and has appeared at the Royal Variety Performance on two separate occasions, whilst bagging Laurence Olivier Awards and box office records along the way.

Booking From: Thursday, 14th December 2017

Booking Until: Saturday, 2nd June 2018

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Age Restriction: The Lion King is recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted into the theatre. 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.

Important Info: PLEASE NOTE: strobe lighting is used several times during the performance. 

Venue Information

Lyceum Theatre
21 Wellington Street

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