Ready for adventure? Welcome to one of the most memorable Disney stories: The Lion King London. A place where family, betrayal, hope and the power of nature will make you tremble with excitement. With The Lion King musical, you’ll be immersed, once again, in the plains of the Serengeti as you relive the magic of your childhood.
Based on the legendary 1994 film, The Lion King musical is one of the biggest hits in London. First shown in the West End in 1999, at the Lyceum Theatre, this incredible show is still being performed. The story of Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Rafiki and all the other Disney characters continues to dazzle adults and children alike, more than 7,500 performances later.
With the original and unforgettable soundtrack by Elton John and Tim Rice, the musical includes additional compositions by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and, of course, Hans Zimmer. But the success of The Lion King is not owing only to its songs. It boasts ground-breaking and daring set design, a colourful wardrobe and vibrant choreography.
This special musical has no comparison. The Lion King has received numerous awards over the years and is now being performed worldwide. More than 80 million people from all over the globe have seen it. More than a musical, The Lion King is a feeling. Will you come along?
Running time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Audience: suitable for all audiences, recommended for children aged six and over. Children under three are not allowed in the auditorium.
Tickets sell out quickly. We recommend buying yours at least a month in advance.
Stalls tickets: unarguably the best tickets, which means they’re also the most expensive. The price varies slightly depending on the position you choose in the stalls. The central zone has the highest price. So, if you choose a side seat, you can save up to £20. From £99 to £205, approximately.
Royal circle tickets: this section also offers an excellent view of the stage. Remember that the front seats aren’t suitable for children, due to safety concerns because of the balcony. From £99 to £150.
Grand circle tickets: this section is home to the cheapest and most-affordable tickets. It's in the upper area of the auditorium and is your ideal choice if you want to save yourself some cash. Remember that the price changes depending on the row. If you choose a seat in the back rows (from F to J), it’ll be cheaper. From £40 to £93, approximately.
The Lion King was first performed at the Lyceum Theatre nearly 20 years ago, in 1999. That was just five years after the Disney film came out, but its success already suggested that creating a large-scale musical would be a good idea. And the creators weren’t wrong.
Since then, more than 2,000 seats are filled every day as people flock to see the famous lion king. It’s now one of the most iconic West End musicals, alongside titles like The Phantom of the Opera, Matilda, Les Misérables and another Disney production, Aladdin.
It’s been nearly 20 years since the musical first came out. 20 years of hits, music and legend. Do you want to see The Lion King musical in 2019? Performances will take place from Tuesday to Sunday, with a few exceptions. There are performances at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2:30pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
What are The Lion King songs? You get all the classics: “Circle of Life”, “Grasslands Chant”, “The Morning Report”, “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 King Scar”, “Shadowland”, “Endless Night”, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “He Lives in You”, “Simba Confronts Scar” and “King of Pride Rock/Circle of Life”.
Special effects: theatrical fog and strobe lights are used at certain points in the performance. Please bear this in mind if members of your group could be sensitive to these effects.
Show running time: it’s a long musical, lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes. This may be too long for some young children.
Recommended age: the show is open to children aged three and over, but the organisers recommend it for children aged six and over because, by that age, they’ll be able to fully enjoy the magnitude of the musical. Remember that children under three years of age are NOT allowed.
The original members of The Lion King cast in the West End were: Roger Wright as Simba, Rob Edwards as Scar, Cornell John as Mufasa, Paulette Ivory as Nala, Josette Bushell-Mingo as Rafiki, Simon Gregor as Timon, Martyn Ellis as Pumba, Gregory Gudgeon as Zazu, Stephanie Charles as Shenzi, Paul J. Medford as Banzai, Christopher Holt as Ed and Dawn Michael as Sarabi.
Over the years, some of these actors have stayed while others have changed. Despite this, the essence, eagerness and talent of every actor and technician remains the same. The latest members of The Lion King cast are: George Asprey as Scar, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki, Gary Jordan as Zazu, Ben Heathcote as Timon, Keith Bookman as Pumba, Nick Afoa as adult Simba, Janique Charles as adult Nala, Meloné M’Kenzy as Shenzi, David Blake as Banzai, Barnaby Thompson as Ed, Ta’niyah Fearon-Telfer as young Nala and Theo Grant as young Simba, not to forget an extensive supporting cast that gives life to the entire African savanna.
Which are the cheapest tickets? There are some more-affordable seats that you can buy online. The cheapest seats cost around £35 or £40. Buying online is the best way to get them. We recommend planning your visit in advance because that will give you a much greater chance of getting them. You’ll find these seats in the grand circle and they normally sell out very quickly.
When can I get the cheapest tickets? The performances with the cheapest prices take place on Tuesday. There are two performances, which means you can choose between 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
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