Disney's The Lion King

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Disney’s The Lion King – the most spectacular West End musical

As the sun rises on the plains of the Serengeti, watch in awe as giraffes, gazelles and birds bring the story of Simba to life in a spectacle unlike any other. Now in its 22nd year at London’s Lyceum Theatre, this acclaimed reimagining of Disney’s beloved film will redefine your expectation of theatre.

Using magical puppetry, costumes and sets, a dazzling world is brought to life in one of the most imaginative and beautiful musicals to ever be staged. Featuring Oscar winning music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, Disney’s The Lion King is not to be missed.

The show has won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, and has also won more than 70 major awards including a NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album, an Evening Standard Award for Theatrical Event of the Year and Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.

Disney’s The Lion King tickets are booking until 17 June 2023 at the Lyceum Theatre, London.

What's the story of Disney's The Lion King?

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi award-winning musical will redefine your expectations of theatre.

At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Who is in the cast of Disney's The Lion King?

Disney’s The Lion King stars Yeukayi Ushe as adult Simba, with Janique Charles as adult Nala.

Joining them are George Asprey as Scar, David Blake as Banzai, Thenjiwe Thendiva Nofemele as Rafiki, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Gary Jordan as Zazu, Jamie McGregor as Timon, Melone M’Kenzy as Shenzi and Mark Roper as Pumbaa. 

Who are the creative team of Disney's The Lion King?

Disney’s The Lion King features music by Sir Elton John, and lyrics by Sir Tim Rice. Additional musical material is by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from “Rhythm of the Pride Lands,” an album inspired by the original music in the film, is written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The book has been adapted by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi.

The Lion King is directed by Julie Taymor.

Other members of the creative team include Michael Curry, who designed the masks and puppets with Julie Taymor, Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Michael Ward (hair and makeup design), John Stefaniuk (associate director), Marey Griffith (associate choreographer), Clement Ishmael (music supervisor) and Doc Zorthian (production supervisor). Anne Quart serves as co-producer.

Reviews of Disney's The Lion King

"A roaring success" - Evening Standard
"As fresh and soul-stirring as ever" - Daily Telegraph
"There is simply nothing else like it" - The New York Times
"You hope all nights in the theatre will be like this!" - Daily Mail
★★★★  Average review score

Show Information

Age restrictions
Recommended for children aged 7 and over. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted
Running time
2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 17 June 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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Age restrictions: Children over 3 will be admitted, but they must be able to sit in their own seat quietly throughout the performance. If they become restless, they may be asked to leave the auditorium. Strobe lighting is used during the performance There is a wall present between Stalls seats Z17-23 and ZA15-23

Venue Information

Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77A, 91, 139, 176

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Disney 100 The Concert to tour Europe and the UK, including London’s The O2
A new concert in celebration of 100 years of Disney has been announced for 2023, which will tour Europe and the UK, including the O2 in London. Disney 100: The Concert will feature legendary film scenes from Disney movies on giant screens, and magical musical moments brought to life by the Hollywood Sound Orchestra and star soloists. The concert promises to feature some of the most-loved songs from Disney's films, including Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Encanto, and more; as well as highlights from the worlds of Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel. The UK part of the tour starts in Glasgow on 31 May 2023, and will then go to Leeds, Liverpool, London’s The O2, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bournemouth. Other European destinations include Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France, with more dates set to be announced. Disney 100: The Concert at The O2 will take place on 4 June 2023 at 4.30pm. A Disney spokesperson said, “Since its founding in 1923, The Walt Disney Company has embodied fantasy, magic, great emotions, and dreams experienced by a wide variety of heroes and heroines in fascinating worlds all set to mesmerising, award-winning melodies and songs. Whether underwater or on the high seas, in the vastness of the universe or simply in a children’s room, the soundtracks of these stories touch hearts and move people of all generations. Since 2016, the successful musical series ‘Disney in Concert’ has been enchanting fans worldwide with these legendary soundtracks.” The concerts were announced at a special event in London today, 27 October 2022, revealing plans for the Europe-wide celebrations for Disney's 100th birthday next year. Hosted by TV presenter Emma Willis, the event saw performances from Disneyland Paris and The Lion King cast. Celebration events next year include a major new "Disney 100: The Exhibition" which will take guests on a journey through Disney’s past, immersing them in the beloved stories that have been entertaining the world since 1923. Disney will also open its vault of treasures to showcase hundreds of extraordinary pieces of history, including rarely seen original artworks, artefacts, costumes, props and other memorabilia. The exhibition starts in Philadelphia in the US in February, and then visits Munich from 18 April, and tours Europe. It will open at the Excel centre in London in Autumn 2023. The celebrations will also present a "Wonder of Friendship – The Experience," which is an immersive multi-sensory experience celebrating dynamic duos, brave besties and inseparable pals. Groups of friends will have the chance to venture through 1,000 square meters of different experiences and installations set across four rooms, including Alice in Wonderland, Lilo & Stitch, The Lion King and Mickey and Friends. The exhibition will open in London from May 2023, and then visit other places in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and more. Disney has a number of major West End shows running in London, including Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, and Disney's Frozen The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Disney also co-produce Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre with Cameron Mackintosh. Disney 100: The Concert - UK Tour Dates June 1 2023: Leeds, First Direct Arena  June 2 2023: Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena Liverpool June 4 2023: London, The O2 June 6 2023: Birmingham, Resorts World Arena June 8 2023: Bournemouth, Bournemouth International Centre
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Disney’s D23 Expo releases The Little Mermaid, Disenchanted trailers; new Lion King sequel Mufasa; Hocus Pocus 2; Beauty and the Beast Live
Disney's annual fan event, D23 Expo, took place at the weekend at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California. The annual showcase of new Disney movies and TV for the rest of 2022 and into 2023 included some big-name musical movies coming to the screen soon, including The Little Mermaid live action movie, Disenchanted, Mufasa: The Lion King, Hocus Pocus 2, Beauty and the Beast Live and more. The Marvel, Star Wars and 20th Century Fox announcements included new Indiana Jones, Avatar: The Way of Water, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Thunderbolts movies. Also a new live-action Snow White movie which will star Gal Gadot in the role of the Evil Queen is coming to cinemas in 2024. The Little Mermaid Disney released a new trailer for the live action version of The Little Mermaid, coming to cinemas on 26 May2023, and featuring new songs by Alan Menken and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The live action movie stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (“grown-ish”) as Ariel; Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton,” “Snowpiercer”) as the voice of Sebastian; Jacob Tremblay (“Luca,” “Room”) as the voice of Flounder; Awkwafina (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as the voice of Scuttle; Jonah Hauer-King (“A Dog’s Way Home”) as Prince Eric; Art Malik (“Homeland”) as Sir Grimsby; Noma Dumezweni (“Mary Poppins Returns”) as Queen Selina; with Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Being the Ricardos”) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”) as Ursula. Directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns, Chicago), the movie is written by David Magee based on Hans Christian Anderson's story and Disney's animated film by Ron Clements and John Musker. Music is by Alan Menken, lyrics are by Howard Ashman, and new lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-wPm99PF9U Disenchanted Disney also released a trailer for new Enchanted sequel Disenchanted. The movie comes out on Disney+ on 24 November 2022. This live-action musical comedy reunites original cast members Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and James Marsden and also stars Maya Rudolph, Gabriella Baldacchino, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays,. Disenchanted is directed by Adam Shankman and features new songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRuwjZJ-DQw Mufasa: The Lion King A new sequel to Disney's The Lion King is heading to cinemas soon. Mufasa: The Lion King will tell the story of Simba's father, who was orphaned as a lion cub. 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The Walt Disney Company has announced casting and dates for the upcoming UK tour of The Lion King. Stephenson Ardern-Sodje is set to play the new Simba. He made his West End debut in the original London cast of Hamilton and is currently part of the Globe Theatre 2021 tour. Joining him will be Nokwanda Khuzwayo in the role of Nala; she previously played the role in Germany and Brazil. Alan Mchale will be returning to the Lion King company in a new role as Timon with newcomer Owain Rhys Davies taking the role of Ed. They will join returning principals Matthew Forbes as Zazu, Jean-Luc Guizonne as Mufasa, Richard Hurst as Scar, Rebecca Omogbehin as Shenzi, Thandazile Soni as Rafiki, Carl Sanderson as Pumbaa and Simon Trinder as Banzai. Stephenson Ardern-Sodje to play Simba. His screen credits include Breeders and Superhoe (c) Disney The tour will re-open in Dublin 23 December before moving on to Bristol (17 Feb – 19 Mar 2022), Bradford (24 March - 28 May 2022), Cardiff (7 Jul - 27 Aug 2022), Southampton (8 Sep - 15 Oct 2022) and Manchester (27 Oct - 24 Dec 2022). Further tour dates to be announced. The UK & Ireland tour cast also includes: Lwando Bam, Mamido Bomboko Souchu, Khanyisani Beato, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Rushand Chambers, Tau-En Chien, Elisa Chou, Tevin Daniel, Tim Driesen, Oraine Frater, Adebunmi Gabriel, Brian Gilligan, Daniel Griffith, Alicia Hayward, Zalika Henry, Caleaf Henson, Olivia Jones, Melvin Le Blanc, Jochebel Maccarthy, Zanele Mazibuko, Fallon Mondlane, Zanele Ndlovu, Buhle Nkomo, Craig Pedro, Joaquin Pedro Valdes, Connor Pelé Williams, Tara Price, Kyle Richardson, Cristiane Santos De Jesus, Lukin Simmonds, Sherry Tay, Francesca Thompson, Maria Yim and Bukiwe Zinganto. The Lion King is directed by Julie Taymor, with choreography by Garth Fagan. It is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. The London stage production of the Lion King recently resumed performances at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End and is currently booking until 3 April 2022. The Lion King tickets are available to book
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‘Disney’s The Lion King’ announces new West End cast
Disney's West End production of The Lion King will resume performances in July with 14 new cast members headed by Londoner Kayi Ushe in the iconic role of Simba. Kayi joins the show having performed in The Book of Mormon, Motown The Musical and Crazy For You, as well as touring extensively as ‘Lola’ in Kinky Boots. Featuring over 50 actors, singers and dancers, the cast is led by George Asprey as Scar, David Blake as Banzai, Janique Charles as Nala, Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Gary Jordan as Zazu, Jamie McGregor as Timon, Melone M’Kenzy as Shenzi and Mark Roper as Pumbaa.  New cast include Phil Adèle, who will make his West End debut in the role of ‘Ed’, and ensemble cast members from seven countries around the world: Gesztenye Botos, Reece Darlington-Delaire, Shak Gabbidon-Williams, Ryesha Higgs, Candice Holdford, Angela Marie Hurst, Duane Lamonte, Jane Carla Leynes, Deja Linton, Jonathan Lutwyche, Kearabetswe Mogotsi and Taela Yeomans-Brown. The award-winning landmark musical is set to return to the Lyceum Theatre in London's West End on 29th July 2021, where the production has been seen by over 16 million people in the last two decades. [ngg src="galleries" ids="662" display="pro_sidescroll"] Disney's multi-award winning musical uses breathtaking masks and puppetry to create pure theatrical magic. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. The Lion King is booking from 29 July 2021 until 3 April 2022 at the Lyceum Theatre, London.
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Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ sets dates for West End return
London's West End theatre scene will roar to life this Summer as Disney's The Lion King resumes performances at the Lyceum Theatre from 29 July 2021. Since its 1999 London premiere, Julie Taymor’s much-loved adaptation of Disney's classic film has been the must-see show of anyone coming to London. As a testament to its fanbase, when it temporarily closed on 15 March 2020, The Lion King was the West End's best-selling show and is currently the sixth-longest running musical in West End history. Globally the show has been seen by over 100 million theatre-goers across 25 productions, six of which have been running for over 15 years. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, the Tony and Olivier Award winning show is stunningly brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes. It tells the story of young Simba’s epic adventures as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king. Disney's The Lion King. Lyceum Theatre, London. Shaun Escoffery who plays Mufasa in the London productions said: “We are so excited to finally have a date that we will be able to perform for audiences again. At THE LION KING we have always considered ourselves to be one big family, and to be coming back together after being separated for so long will be a truly happy moment. We cannot wait to be back on stage. When the opening bars of Circle of Life play out, I don’t believe there will be a dry eye anywhere in the theatre.” Tickets for the new booking period will go on sale at noon on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Disney's The Lion King is booking from 29 July 2021 until 3 April 2022 at the Lyceum Theatre, London.
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The Lion King named history’s most successful show
Disney's musical The Lion King has beaten The Phantom of the Opera to become the most successful show of all time. The musical has grossed a staggering $6.2 billion worldwide, making it the most successful box office blockbuster ever - across all entertainment media. The Lion King passed The Phantom of the Opera's $6 billion top spot in August 2014. According to the Associated Press, producers of Phantom - Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group - congratulated Disney, naming the show the "Pride of Broadway." The Lion King's onstage success bypasses takings from any Disney movie, and other any major movies including Harry Potter, Titanic and even Avatar - which is history's highest grossing movie having made nearly $2.8 billion worldwide. The show is currently playing at the Lyceum Theatre in London, the Minskoff Theatre in New York, and in Tokyo, Las Vegas, Hamburg and on a North America tour. Phantom, however, keeps its crown as the longest-running show in Broadway history - with the original production at Her Majesty's Theatre in London also still going strong. Disney's The Lion King is directed by Julie Taymor and features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, and is based on the hugely successful Disney animated movie. The show is still performing well in London and New York, with the Broadway production beating all other shows last year to be the highest grossing of 2013, with 2014 shaping up to be the same. It has also increased its audience in four of the last five years on Broadway, with the London show seeing a 6% increase in attendance over the last five years. According to a Disney rep, the Broadway audience for the show is divided into four equals groups: Manhattan residents, commuters from New York and surrounding States, domestic US tourists and overseas tourists, a statistic which is likely to be mirrored in London. BOOK NOW Book tickets to The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, LondonBook tickets to The Phamtom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, London
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Disney’s The Lion King Celebrates Its Most Successful Year In 2012
Disney’s THE LION KING defied industry expectations in a year that many industry experts had predicted would be challenging for theatres. Performing to almost 800,000 people at London's Lyceum Theatre, the show grossed over £38.6M - breaking its own record for the eighth consecutive year and once again setting a new record for highest grossing year in West End theatre history. David Schrader, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of the Disney Theatrical Group said: “We continue to be humbled and thrilled by the way London audiences embrace Julie Taymor’s extraordinary production. For a musical to achieve its highest gross in its 13th year is almost unparalleled – let alone in a year where other major events dominated the capital.” “Of course, the show’s continued success would not be possible without our extraordinarily talented cast and crew who keep the show as thrilling as on opening night, along with our many partners and ticketing agents, who have supported THE LION KING since it opened.” While the London production remains ascendant, in August 2012 it was joined in the UK by a touring production – the largest production ever to tour the country. Opening in Bristol to critical and audience acclaim, the show is now playing to capacity audiences at Manchester’s Palace Theatre. It will play seasons in Dublin and Birmingham in 2013. Between the London and touring productions, over one million people experienced THE LION KING in the UK in 2012. Disney’s THE LION KING is based on the beloved Academy award-winning animated film which was entrusted to Director and Co-Designer Julie Taymor to adapt the film for the stage. Taymor brought a vast array of disciplines to THE LION KING which draws upon her immeasurable experience of various theatrical styles and cultures to tell the compelling tale of Simba, the young lion cub, as he journeys through life and struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of King. The acclaimed stage adaptation of Disney’s 1994 film was first seen on Broadway in 1997, where it recently became the highest grossing show in Broadway history. The production has now been seen by over 65 million people across five continents. In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, Disney’s THE LION KING can currently be seen in Tokyo, Hamburg, Madrid and on tour in the US and Japan. In 2013, new productions will open in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Sydney, Australia. LINKS Book tickets to THE LION KING at the Lyceum Theatre in London

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