‘nothing prepares you for the sheer impact’
‘fresh and soul-stirring’
‘a feast for the eyes’
Now entering its 17th year of booking, Disney’s The Lion King has been in residence at the Lyceum Theatre since premiering in 1999. A musical adaptation of the hit 1994 Disney film, The Lion King was the highest grossing Broadway show of all time, repeatedly smashing box office records for fifteen years.
Directed and designed by Julie Taymor, The Lion King is an awe-inspiring, spectacular journey through the African savannah, with more than forty actors working with large-scale puppets to bring a menagerie of jungle animals to live. Taymor’s stunning designs earned her an Olivier Award for Best Costume, with the production winning a massive six Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director.
Similarly to the film, The Lion King follows young cub Simba as he grows up with his family at Pride Rock. His father Mufasa rules the rock and the surrounding animals, ensuring that the entire kingdom runs smoothly, much to the disdain of his brother Scar. When Scar sets up both Simba and Mufasa in a tragic event, Simba is left to fend for himself, making unlikely friends with meerkat and warthog, Timone and Pumba. Back home, Pride Rock is being taken over by Scar and the hyenas, and Simba soon learns that the fate of the rock lies in his paws.
Featuring several songs from the original film by Elton John and Tim Rice, The Lion King includes the Academy Award-winning hit “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, as well as “Circle of Life”, “Hakuna Matata”, “ Be Prepared” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”, amongst new songs written for the stage.
Cast and Creative
With a background in puppetry and experimental theatre, Julie Taymor’s breakthrough success with The Lion King led her to direct films Across the Universe, Titus and The Tempest with Helen Mirren as a female Prospero. The Lion King features a book by Irene Mecchi and Roger Allers, with choreography by the prolific Garth Fagan and scenic design by Richard Hudson.
The Lion King features one of the West End’s most memorable scores, composed by the legendary star Elton John and Tim Rice. With John’s previous works including Billy Elliot and Aida and Rice’s vast string of hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Lion King was bound to be a success. John and Rice previously worked together on the hit Broadway musical Aida.
- “Circle of Life”
- “Grasslands Chant”
- “The Lioness Hunt”
- “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
- “Chow Down”
- “They Live in You”
- “Be Prepared”
- “The Stampede/Rafiki Mourns”
- “Hakuna Matata”
- “One by One”
- “The Madness of Scar”
- “Endless Night”
- “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
- “He Lives in You (Reprise)”
- “Simba Confronts Scar”
- “King of Pride Rock/Circle of Life (Reprise)”
Show Lengths and Times
Disney’s The Lion King opened in the West End in 1999 and continues into its 17th year of booking at the Lyceum Theatre London. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Mondays, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30pm. An additional performance is at 2:30pm on Sundays.
Show running time is 2hrs and 30mins including an interval.
Suitable for Children?
The Lion King is family-friendly and is recommended for ages 6 and up. Please note that the Lyceum Theatre will not admit children under the age of 3. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and seated together in the auditorium.
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