Lion King Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (4.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 82



2.0 star rating M Barnes from London,


I saw Lion King in London about 6 years ago and it was without doubt one of the best shows I had ever seen. I returned last night and was sorely disappointed. The quality of singing by young Simba and young Nala was school production grade and Scar was not much better. At eye wateringly high prices, the whole cast should be outstanding. Clearly this is a big money making machine, but poor value for money. Costumes still fantastic but does not justify the highest prices in the West End.

2.0 star rating Cat Williams from Wirral england


What a poor man’s panto this was. I wanted to see this so much but sadly we all found it to be so lacking in anything. We left at the interval and we never do that. 5 of us paid a lot for these tickets but it was the biggest waste of money. Young simba was out of tune and it had no gusto!

2.0 star rating Antonio from England


Went to see the Lion King after the many gleaming reviews from friends/family who have seen it years ago and bought it for my partner as a birthday present. We had Grand Circle seats (not at a cheap price, over £75 each) for a restricted-ish view which took away from the magic but good if you want to know how the stage works (if you are going to go, take the stand or royal circle for best stage effect). What really disappointed us was the poor projection from the actors singing and monotone delivery (particularly that of adult Simba unfortunately). The young Simba and Nala may need a tad bit more practice as some parts were hard to hear and at times. The music was also not loud enough but couldn’t tell if it was because of being in the grand circle. The good thing about the show was the costumes, props and stage design which were fantastic. Overall, a disappointment - not worth paying what we paid at all.

2.0 star rating Janice from Malta


This was so disappointing and felt we've wasted so much money £267 for 2 people. I was not impressed by the singing, especially the solo singing. It was ok, but you would at least expect to awe you. Excitement was lacking. Also, people were constantly talking, eating, breathing heavily and opening food packets constantly - you'd think it will settle down but it does not. The kid behind me was even kicking the chair sometimes. It was horrible - no respect towards paying customers. If they're bored or something they should leave. Also, if kids are bored, and this is targeted for kids, there are huge problems.

1.5 star rating Peter from London


The hype surrounding this show had me anticipating a spectacle of colour and amazing choreography. Colourful it was, and some of the staging was impressive, but the poor singing, wooden acting and out of tune orchestra meant that I didn't enjoy it at all. There were plenty who did (including my 5 year old grand-daughter) but I was incredibly disappointed. There were some redeeming factors - the puppetry was OK (although nothing particularly innovative), some of the animals were impressive (giraffes and hyenas especially) and some of the cast had good voices, but I would not recommend it to anybody above the age of 8 or who has a modicum of taste. Spend your money on something else.

1.0 star rating Pinky from England


The opening scene was fantastic. Unfortunately it was all downhill from there. Despite great singing voices the show was dull. Most of the animals created by the puppeteers were only used in the opening and closing songs. The scenes were sparse and uneventful. The woman in front of me was so bored she reverted to reading articles on her mobile phone (which should have been switched off!) The family at the side of me could not keep their 9 year old awake. The publicity appears to show a production full of wonderful animals and exciting scenes. Not so. The orchestra played really well and the drummers on either side of the audience were brilliant. Expensive and overrated.

1.0 star rating Marcus flynn from London, England


Don’t book this show if your in the rear stalls and over 6ft I could not sit in the seat !!!! It’s designed for maximum capacity not comfort as a result by back was twisted as I sat I’m now suffering today Talk about health and safety this was horrendous and the show stopped twice for two technical faults Awful experience

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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.

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