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Celebrating 18 years in the west end!

This vastly successful re-imagining of Disney's 1994 hit adventure film has seen 70 worldwide productions, its first national UK tour, and made history for its creator Julie Taymor, who became the first woman in Broadway history to win the coveted Best Director of a Musical Tony Award.

The Lion King conjures up the African savannah in all its grand, majestic beauty, using elaborate costuming, handsprung puppetry, and soaring African melodies to transport audiences from the grey streets of London.


Affectionately dubbed "Hamlet with fur", we follow the trials of a young lion prince called Simba, who one day is destined to rule over the sun-drenched Pride Lands, as the Lion King. After the murder of his father by his treacherous uncle, Scar, Simba is convinced of his own guilt in this, and runs away from his pride, in a self-imposed exile.

When he is rescued by an unlikely pair of friends; Timon the meerkat, and Pumbaa the flatulent warthog, both themselves exiles, Simba grows up to enjoy life, whilst not quite escaping the trauma of his past. When Scar's rule threatens the future of the Pride Lands, will Simba finally accept his responsibilities of adulthood to return and stake his claim to the throne and restore harmony?


The stunning sets and Afican-themed costuming of The Lion King is the result of extensive research into diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna.

A cast of 40 singers and dancers transform themselves into anthropomorphic animals from the ubiquitous lions, with handsprung manes and masks, through to elegant puppeteered cheetahs and giraffes. The music of the show takes strong influence from African music, specifically Lebo M, whilst carrying a classic quality from Elton John and Tim Rice, who wrote the original score.

Additional Information


Previews from: 24 September 1999

Opening night: 19 October 1999


The Lion King is suitable for and aimed at children aged 7 and above. Children younger can be admitted but must occupy, and pay for a seat, but should they become restless, and/or cause a disturbance, they will be asked to leave and there is no refund. Children under 3 are NOT permitted at all. Customers should also be aware that strobe lighting is used several times during the performance.

Children aged three years and older are admitted providing they can sit in their seats and not to be a distraction for other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy children.

Run time

2 hours and 40 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

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During half term and school holidays there will be an additional Wednesday 14:30 matinee

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Transports you to the savannah!

Bringing such an epic landscape to life on the stage is quite a feat of creative skill that has yet to be matched anywhere else on stage... more »

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Lion king is the best musical i have seen, it relates to people of all ages... more

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