The Lion King

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Based on Disney's 1994 smash-hit film of the same name, The Lion King continues to be one of London's most popular musicals. Opening at the Lyceum Theatre in 1999, the show has since enjoyed sell-out audiences from around the world, who are moved by the unforgettable story, inspired score and outstanding special effects.

Brought to life by director Julie Taymor, the African Savannah unfolds in London, using breathtaking puppetry, costumes, dance and music to create the ultimate entertaining evening.
Booking until 2 April 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

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Box Office:0844 871 3000
Access Booking:0844 871 3006
Group Booking:020 7206 1174
Stage Door:0844 871 3000

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The Lyceum Theatre is one of the oldest theatre sites in London, with the first theatre built in 1765. The early theatre staged musicals, circus acts and was also the first home to an exhibition of Madame Tussaud’s waxworks (Madame Tussaud is also said to haunt the stalls of the building whilst cradling a waxwork head…)

In the early 1800’s, the theatre was home to the Drury Lane Company following the destruction of their home, The Theatre Royal Drury Lane, by fire in 1809. The Theatre then became the English Opera House and staged the London Premiere of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Sadly, like the Drury Lane, the theatre also burnt down due to the gas lighting system.

The theatre as we know it today was built in 1834 and continued to stage English opera in its early years, with performances such as The Mountain Sylph (1834) gracing the stage. Towards the end of the 19th century the Lyceum Theatre began to stage plays such as A Tale of Two Cities and farces, such as Box and Cox by John Maddison Morton. It was also during the late 1800’s that Actor Henry Irving made a name for himself at on the Lyceum Stage in productions such as The Bells and The Pickwick Papers.

Following a number of successful melodramas in first part of the 20th century, the theatre sadly went dark for over a decade from 1939 and closed with a praised production of Hamlet starring John Gielgud.

Having reopened in the 50’s as a Ballroom and hosted several concerts in the 70’s and 80’s, the Lyceum did not become a home of theatrical performance again until 1985, with a National Theatre performance of The Mysteries. However this did nothing to salvage the reputation of the theatre, which became dark again until the 90s.

The Lyceum only really found success again in the late 90’s with big musicals such as Jesus Christ Super Star (1996) and Oklahoma (1999)  However it was not until 1999 that theatre really hit the theatrical jackpot as The Lion King made its West End debut at the Lyceum. Having run for well over a decade and having received two prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards, The Lion King is still going strong to this day.