Lyceum Theatre London

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Lyceum Theatre
Address: 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ
Nearest Underground or Train Station: 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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What's on at the Lyceum Theatre?
Disney's The Lion King is a current production at the Lyceum Theatre. The latest booking period for Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre started 10 August 2021 and runs until 12 February 2023. Tickets for Disney's The Lion King start at £25 and are available to book now
How do I get to the Lyceum Theatre?
Public transport is recommended to travel to the Lyceum Theatre.  The nearest underground or train stations are Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Covent Garden (Piccadilly line). If arriving by bus, then the nearest bus lines are 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77A, 91, 139, 176.  If driving to the theatre, the nearest car parks are Q-ParkChinatown and Q-Park Trafalgar (more parking information).  For directions to the Lyceum Theatre see our Google Maps directions or Apple Maps directions.
Is there a dress code at the Lyceum Theatre?
There is no specific dress code at the Lyceum Theatre, with most people just wearing their everyday clothes.
Does the Lyceum Theatre have air conditioning or air cooling?
Yes, the Lyceum Theatre has an Air Cooling system.
What is the Accessibility at the Lyceum Theatre?
Lyceum Theatre accessibility information
Access phone number: 0800 912 6972
Access email address: lyceumbo@theambassadors.com
Accessible toilets situated: Stalls
Number of Wheelchair spaces: Stalls x8
Sound amplification: Induction Loop & Sennheiser Infrared
Access from street to foyer: Stairs
Access from theatre foyer to seats (number = stairs): 32 to Royal Circle, 82 to Grand Circle
Level access: Stalls
Stair lift, lift or ramp available: Lift to Royal & Grand Circle
How many seats are in the Lyceum Theatre?
The Lyceum Theatre has 2000 seats.
Who owns the Lyceum Theatre?
The Lyceum Theatre is owned by ATG

Lyceum Theatre Facts

What date did the Lyceum Theatre open?

14 July 1834

Who designed the Lyceum Theatre?

Samuel Beazley

What was the first production at the Lyceum Theatre?

John Barnett's opera The Mountain Sylph


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Theatre History

The first theatre called the Lyceum was built on an adjacent site to the current venue in 1794. This theatre burnt down on 16 February 1830.

When the new theatre was built in 1834 it was initially called the New Theatre Royal, Lyceum and English Opera House. Designed by Samuel Beazley, the theatre opened on 14 July 1834 with a production of John Barnett’s opera The Mountain Sylph.

The theatre was long associated with the actor manager Sir Henry Irving and actress Ellen Terry, whose grand nephew was actor John Gielgud.

On 1 July 1939 the theatre closed down following a performance of Hamlet starring John Gielgud, and in 1945 the theatre was converted into a ballroom called the Lyceum Ballroom.

Incredibly, a proposed redevelopment of Covent Garden by the Greater London Council in 1968 saw the theatre under threat, together with some of London’s other most cherished venues, including the Vaudeville Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Adelphi Theatre and Duchess Theatre.

It was only an active campaign by Equity, the Musicians’ Union and The Society of West End Theatres and theatre owners – all under the ‘Save London Theatres‘ campaign – that helped save the theatres, and for which we are forever grateful.

The Lyceum Theatre went dark in 1986, after the National Theatre’s promenade performances in 1985 of Bill Bryden’s adaptation of the Mysteries trilogy.

In 1996 the theatre was restored and reopened on 31 October 1996.

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