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5.0 star rating Anonymous from uk

THE LION KING

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC

5.0 star rating Shakira B from london, brixton

FANTASTIC!!

lion king is the best musical i have seen, it relates to people of all ages and is everything needed for a great night out! when it finished i was gutted and didn;t really want to leave, i definately urge you to see it!!

5.0 star rating Mandy from UK

FANTASTIC!

I am about to see this show for the second time this time taking my 5 year old son. It is breathtaking and has you spell bound from start to finish, the costumes, dancing, and music make for a show for all ages

5.0 star rating Craig from Edinburgh, Scotland

THE LION KING

I went to the see the lion king on a school trip from Edinburgh in Scotland. At first i thought it would be rubbish but it was one of the best shows i have ever seen. The music to go with the show is absoloutely amazing and the way it is performed is brilliant. I would recommend this show to anyone!!!

5.0 star rating Anna from Sussex

WONDERFUL!

I expected to enjoy this show as I had heard so many good things about it but it far exceeded my expectations.The costumes,truly imaginitive,the music,brilliant,the cast,faultless.Best show I have ever seen,highly recommended for all ages.Wonderful!!

5.0 star rating Karen, Southampton from United Kingdom.

IT BLEW ME AWAY!

This is without doubt the best show I have ever seen in my life - absolutely outstanding - full of colour, surprises and the most wonderful singing and music, which really touches the soul. I can't wait to see it again and can't recommend it highly enough.

5.0 star rating Tajminah from UK

THE KING OF ALL SHOWS.

I think that the show was spectacular. It was visually stunning and the song and dance acts were phenomenal. The costumes and the masks really brought the characters to life. My favourite character was Timone as he was throughly entertaining. I would recommend it to everyone.

5.0 star rating The Williams Family from uk

BREATHTAKING

We took my daughter, who is 10, to see the Lion King a few weeks ago. We all loved it. It is the best show we have ever seen. The costumes and set are amazing. BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT. Rafiki is fantastic and the singing is superb. I was quite emotional in places. Will definitely see it again and again. No wonder it's been running for so long. FAB

5.0 star rating Mr Stephen Kay from UK

WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!

I love the Disney film so was hoping for something just as good, and i was not dissapointed. Me and my girlfriend were blown away by the costumes, dancing and specticle of the show. From start to finish i was glued to the actors and the energy of the cast was outstanding. I would watch this show again without hessitation it was worth every penny we paid. I think this show appeals to all ages and i advise you to go and see it, and you won't be let down. Hats off to the cast, orchestra, and all behind the scenes. Long may it run, long live The Lion King!!!

5.0 star rating Carol hall from grantham lincolnshire [ uk ]

BEST MUSICAL SEEN IN AGES

i took my youngest son callum along with my husband to see this truly magnificent stage performance and i really enjoyed it as did callum and his dad we have never laughed so much ,if you aint been i truly recomend you get yourself and family to see it

5.0 star rating Aj_azza from Australia

FANTASTIC!

We came from Australia to see this show after missing it during its short stint down under a few years back. We were not disappointed! The colours, the acting, the singing, the dancing & the music - all spectacular! We bought a few souveniers from the show (being typical tourists), one of those being the Broadway soundtrack which allows us to reminise again what a fantastic night we had at the Lyceum Theatre. We would love to see it again - one of the best experiences of our lives. We recommend the show whole heartedly to everyone considering going.

5.0 star rating J Burton from UK

FANTASTIC

My husband and I took our 12 year old granddaughter to see The Lion King yesterday. We all thoroughly enjoyed the show. We sat in Row J and had the experience of the cast walking past our seats. We have never enjoyed a show so much as this one. The cast, scenery, special effects and costumes were superb.

5.0 star rating Mark Nesbitt from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

FANTASTIC!!!!!

I took my girlfriend to london for a theatre break for her birthday and i was abit aprehensive about going to the theatre as i hadn,t been before, I have to say it was the best thing i have ever been to see it was amazing!!!!! i was captivated for the entire show as was my girlfriend!! It was FANTASTIC!!!!!!

5.0 star rating Vietnamese Jo Roberts from Chelsea in London.. from united kingdom

FANTASTIC,

i loved it and i want to go back and see it again

5.0 star rating Megan, from Leicestershire, UK

BREATH TAKING!!

I went to see this show in Febuary 2009 with my college group, we were all abit worried that we wouldnt enjoy it... it was the opposite. Noone had a bad word to say about it! It was amazing and just takes your breath. I was that mesmerised i couldnt even sing along!!!!! I wanted to watch it over and over again! The best bit by far was when Simba was older and looking into the pond to see his father, and the monkey is singing... this is immensly amazing!!!! I would reccommend this to any age, but it is definatly a must see! And watch out for that part above.

5.0 star rating Amanda from surrey

BREATHTAKING

we went to see this yesterday i recommend anyone to see it it blew us away spellbinding will leave you wanting to watch it again and again

5.0 star rating F Ross from Liverpool , UK

WHAT A FANTASTIC WAY TO SPEND AN AFTERNOON

Where do i start?, It was one of the best shows i have seen, The costumes were undiscribable, trying to explain them just does not give them justice!!, they were very imaginatative. From the Hyenas to the Monkey, the Lions to the Giraffes. amazing just does not cover it. I was on a weekend trip London to see the show with 7 other ladies ( ages from 19 to 70), and it was well worth it, from watching the show to seeing and hearing peoples reactions, and the childrens delight. A big thank you to all members of the show, It was great!.

5.0 star rating Lawrence Schrader from England

LION KING, LYCEUM THEATRE.

If I could only go and see one West End performance, it would have to be this. Got to be the best show I have ever seen, It has surpassed everything else I have viewed in The West End. I came out with goosepimples on my skin and my eyes flooded with tears, it was that good. Absolutely phenominal, cannot recommend it enough. I'm going down to London for a second viewing later in the year !

5.0 star rating S Martin from Lancashire

AMAZING FANTASTIC & BRILLIANT

The opening did it for us. We sat in the stalls row M Seats 23-26. The elephant was within touching distance when it, and many more characters came down the aisles to the stage. Our heads didn't know which way to turn as the opening scene is so spectacular, the costumes are beyond belief and superbly designed and mastered by the cast. How anyone can say they didn't enjoy this is beyond me, the scene with the flying birds was amazing because the cast also flew some from the boxes allowing everyone in the theatre to feel involved. A MUST GO TO SEE IT SHOW DEFINATELY!!How did those men in the giraffe costumes do it so well?

5.0 star rating Beth from UK

FANTASTIC

out of this world, the best i have ever seen

5.0 star rating Elizabeth Bennett from Nottingham

WOW

This show is amazing ! The music is fab and Rafiki has the most incredible singing voice and natural acting talent that she not only will have you in tears but steals the show - which is no easy feat amongst a great cast.

5.0 star rating Zuzana from lonon

FANTASTIC

its mind blowing:-) the music, costumes and everything is just beautiful, strongly recomend to see it

5.0 star rating Philly Stein from London, UK.

SIMPLY THE BEST

I am not a lover of theatre and visit occasionally for my wife's benefit. I usually sleep through most of the show. Can't say that about Lion King at the Lyceum! From start (the amazing parade of "animals" on to the stage) to finish (a rousing finale) this is an amazing show. So vibrant and so colourful. Even a curmudgeon like me was moved to warm applause after each set-piece. Marvellous.

5.0 star rating Britt from Norway

THE BEST SHOW I EVER SAW

Saw Lion King in 2000 with my daughter, sister and niece and we all loved it, and for me the best musical ever! I see a musical when each year alone visiting London, and have been 'dying' to see Lion King again, but with someone! At last, this year my husband and I are taking our 6 1/2 year old grandson to London to see it, and I am looking so much forward to it! My husband has so far only heard my praisings, but I am sure he'll love it. Our grandson has not yet learned English, so we have prepared with a Norwegian dubbed DVD. But the costumes and songs on stage are so fabulous that we think he will remember this event even if an unknown language! I only hope the performance will run for so many more years to come that we'll get the opportunity to take our other grandchildren to London to see it when they are around 7 years old, which will be in 2015 and 2017!!

5.0 star rating P Casey from Northern Ireland, UK

BRILLIANT!!!

When I was told my group was going to be seeing the Lion King, i was unsure as I'd never seen the film before and it was regarded as a kids show. But i got such an eye opener, it was AMAZING! The cast interacted with the crowd, they were never out of tune, and it had my full attention at all times and i LOVED it. We stayed at the Rushmore Hotel and this was also really good as well and i must say this show was the highlight of our trip.

5.0 star rating The Davis Family from United Kingdom

FANTASTIC!!!

We went to the Lyceum Theatre in London to see the Lion King on Thursday 19th August 2010. It was a family treat and it was amazing!!! The talent of the actors and actresses, singers and dancers was great and the way in which they brought the African creatures to life was enthralling!!!! We all thouroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone any where in the world. FAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5.0 star rating Michael from Cleland , Scotland

STANDING OVATION,

Superb, Wonderful array of talent on display, had to give them a standing ovation, would love to go back for more. Sir Elton has created a classic.

5.0 star rating PAUL EELLS from UK

PAUL FROM YAXLEY SUFFOLK

This was my first time to a Theatre breathtaking memorable still talking about it now !!

5.0 star rating C A Boyd from Darlington

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING

Saw this product at the weekend and how fab we had aisle seats it is just totally amazing. Blew me away I have seen many many performances of different shows but this is by far and beyond the very very best.

5.0 star rating Wendy from South Africa

THE CLOSEST TO AFRICA YOU CAN BE IN LONDON

Absolutely amazing - brought tears to my eyes in the first minute and made me feel incredibly homesick, from the sunset sets to the starry night scenes.

5.0 star rating Ann sinden from Uk

BEST SHOW EVER

I have just returned from seeing this show in London with my 20 year old son and 17 year old daughter. It was breathtaking from start to finish and I swear my son, who is a serving infantry soldier, had a tear in his eye several times!! We sat in the stalls in row k and had a fantastic view. I've seen many shows and this was definitely the best. It was suitable for all ages although younger kids really wouldn't appreciate it.

5.0 star rating Anonymous from London,

BREATHTAKING

One of the most incredible things I have ever seen! A must-see.

5.0 star rating Dawn from London,

WOW

A fab opening to the show with the elephant coming down the aisle the singing the costumes and of course the entire crew were fab

5.0 star rating SJ from London,

AMAZING!!!

I have just got back from London after seeing this show with my cousin. It is our favourite film of all time (we are 22 & 25!) so we was extremely excited to see the lion king at theatre and it did not disappoint! Absolutely amazing! The actors are fantastic the costumes are phenomenol. We sat in row G1,2 (restricted viewing) however I did not feel restricted! There is so much going on We was in awe of everything. I would recommend this show over & over! 3 words to sum it up... Fantastic amazing & breath taking! (: go and book it now!

5.0 star rating Tina from Ljubljana, Slovenia

AMAZING

When I was planning my trip to London with my friends we decided that we will see one of the musicals...we chose Lion king...we saw it on Tuesday sep 24th...and it was the most memorable experience in my life....costumes are awesome (my favorites are giraffes)..and than the voices-I had chills for whole performance. During He lives in you and Endless night I cried (yes I admit), I also laughed a lot too....from this phenomenal performers is hard to choose favorite but still I have one-is actor who plays Simba. I don't why but his voice just pulled me in the song and it's emotion......I wish to see musical again in the future

5.0 star rating Anonymous from the area of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

NICE!

Saw it back in 2007 with school, when we were in London for 4 days (monday till thursday). I liked it so much, that the next time I visit London, I'll visit this show again!

5.0 star rating Anonymous from London,

BEAUTIFUL

5* show!! I saw this whilst on a weekend break in London for my anniversary, and it truly blew me away. Having wanted to see this for years, I hadn't anticipated how emotionally capturing the show could be. The cast were amazing actors, dancers and singers - especially Rafiki and Nala - their voices are very special and strike a chord inside when they sing. I highly recommend everyone to see this show. It is breathtakingly good.

5.0 star rating Anonymous from London,

AMAZING

The show is absolutely amazing ! The cast do an incredible job & you will absolutely love it. Best show around

5.0 star rating Anonymous from London,

AMAZING! MUST SEE

I was surprised at how amazing the show was. Enjoyed it way too much.

5.0 star rating Qaisar Arbi from London,

NAAAAAAAA ZE BWONYA....

1st time i went to see it and it's mind blowing, out of this world, best show in the world......

5.0 star rating Aliesha from London,

#PHENOMINAL*********

I have seen The Lion King at the Lyceum twice already and will be booking to see it again, it is truely a heart warming, beautiful, cultural and amazing performance with a truely fantastic cast... I personally appreciated every moment including the drummers and everyone else involved. I have recommeneded so many people to see this show and will continue to do so. Rafiki is hilarious and my favourite but I thouroughly enjoyed every actors contribution. A must see production too beautiful to be missed and so phenominal I am will to pay to see it as often as I can afford to.

5.0 star rating Greer from Bahamas

TOO MANY WORDS.

This show had me laughing, had me close to tears, and just had me in awe. I've watched the movie a million times, but this is a completely different experience. My heart was racing. Beautiful costumes and props, choreography was phenomenal. If you're thinking about seeing it, don't think, just go!!!!!

5.0 star rating Anne from London, England

STUNNING

Came to watch this with my 8 year old son. We both absolutely loved it. Opening scenes were magical and brought out emotions I was definitely not expecting. Beautifully done and great for all ages

5.0 star rating Monique from London

BREATHTAKING

This the most amazing piece of theatre I have ever seen from actors to costumes to music flawless how did they get the lion face formed amazing black lady who played the monkey was my fav my kids loved it didn’t want it to end. It’s a most see show!!!

5.0 star rating James from London, England

WOW!

I have to admit, I was not a fan of the Lion King so was not expecting to leave the theatre wishing I could see the show again. The actors were remarkable, the set was beautiful and I dare you not to get emotional when “He lives in you” is performed, the changing set at that point is purely magical. Go see this, you will not be disappointed

5.0 star rating Suze from London, England

BY FAR THE BEST

we went to see Lion king 26.08.2022 i could not believe how brilliant this show is and after watching the dvds for years with my children it was quite emotional to watch this in theatre absolutely outstanding show , i would without a doubt book again to see it because it was so good, the only negative thing was that the people who came in late sat talking and then proceeded to take pictures through the show very of putting, but because you are watching the cast you was able to ignore them most of the time, finally as this was a package bought with dinner i would not recommend the Delaunay restaurant to eat as they seem to penalise you for pre paying, luckily LION KING was worth the disappointment and i will be coming back Thank you to the cast for their outstanding Performance make this a must see show on your to do list of theatres

5.0 star rating Michelle from Manchester,

LION KING

Omg what amazing show well worth the money and the 2 year wait due to covid only down fall is the seats really uncomfortable and very limited leg room but the show and the actors and actresses were fantastic

5.0 star rating Anne Bingham from Manchester, England

THE KING OF MUSICALS 🎵🎵🎵

Visually Fantastic! Singing was AMAZING The whole production was fabulous!!!

5.0 star rating Julie Chambers from Skelmersdale, England

THE LION KING TOURING MANCHESTER (XMAS EVE 2022)

Hubby and I saw the lion king at the Lyceum in July and was very disappointed with it as Mufasa's voice wasn't strong enough, we have seen the theatre show at least 8 times if not more, sorry Mufasa! Today my hubby and I took our 6yr old granddaughter to see the Lion King at Manchester as part of her Christmas present, she said 'it was incredible, can.we come again the day after tomorrow!' We have to agree with her it really was incredible, amazing from the second it started to the second it finished, absolutely amazing and can't wait till next time

5.0 star rating Karen from Manchester, England

FANTASTIC

Went last night at the police theatre Absolutely fantastic show My granddaughter loved it

5.0 star rating Lesley Rabbitt from Nottinghamshire

LION KING WOW !

My Daughter got me tickets for this show as a Christmas present, and I must say it was one of the best presents I have had !. From the opening scene, with all the animals (fantastic costumes and props ) to the fantastic actors , the music , the dancing , the singing .absolutely fabulous. And the whole lighting thing was so good , it made you think it was in Africa. I have been to quite a few theatre shows now ,some being really good , but Lion King is the best that I have seen !. The only thing that was a bit of a dissapointment , was at the finale when all the cast take their bows , they didn't bring on the two young actors who played young Simba and Nala , I think they both deserved their own applause !. . Other than that I can not praise this show enough, a special mention to the Lady who played Rafiki, brilliantly played . I can not recommend this show enough. A fantastic , brilliant ,spectacular show . Please go and see it .

5.0 star rating Joanne Simon from Sunderland, England

LION KING

Amazing has made my year seeing this from start to finish A star

5.0 star rating Lesley peters from Bristol,

LIONKING

Brilliant love it so best on detail animals so realistic dancers fantastic music great so glade we got a chance to see it

5.0 star rating Karen Burgess-Hopkins from Bristol,

LION KING

OMG!! Sensational what a performance . The show will give you goosebumps.

4.5 star rating H Q from york

LIONKING HALF TERM 2009

Great show, the kids & adults loved it, it was my second time & I would recommend it to anyone. 3 members of our party felt that adult Nala was off key in all her numbers. Hope it was a one off!

4.5 star rating Johan Swensson from Åhus,Sweden

THRILLING!

An absolute thrill to watch. We were mesmerized by the performances both individually and for the whole setting. A technically brilliant performance but also with a great bit of feeling and sense of humour. A show truly worth recommending! The Swensson family, Åhus Sweden

4.5 star rating Maja from London

TRULY ENTHRALLING!

My review is here: http://turquoiseus.blogspot.co.uk/

4.5 star rating Rebecca from London,

SIMPLY AMAZING

This was fantastic. I had goose bumps when the performers walked through the audience at the start, I recommend you sit at the end as its fantastic when they walk right past you. You actually start to forget that its people dressed as animals! Could not look away throughout the whole performance. All performers put in a lot of passion. The guys who play timon and pumbaa were amazing as well as the monkey. Definitely recommend this. Was disappointed as kids were kicking mine and my families seats during the show but did not deter from the amazing performance.

4.0 star rating Annabel from london

A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED

I first saw lion king some years ago and loved it raved about it encouraged everyone to see it. I went to see it on Thursday night with my five year old daughter and my other daughter who first saw it when she was six. Myself and my daughter who had previously seen it were enjoying the show thoroughly until the adult Simba came on stage. His voice both speaking and singing was more suited to a Noel Coward play lion king is based in Africa and at one stage I wondered if this was a caucasian actor - I am hugely disappointed the rest of the cast resonated Africa but this actor is better suited to areas which are preferably not cultural bound as he seems to have lost his 'tone' the English language tones are very flat and this was direct evidence of mis casting someone in a massive role such as this. Having said that I will go and see it again once this actor has moved on and hopefully is replaced with someone who feels Africa and the story of lion king within their role.

4.0 star rating Sam Smethurst from Cambridgeshire, England

A ROAR-SOME EXPERIENCE...

I anticipated this musical with much excitement and am glad to say, I was not disappointed. The production was exceptional. The cast, both in acting and singing, was phenomenal. The writing and directing was on point. The musical was sensational. I was impressed as a person can be and that was on top of all the hype this play has received. However, I have a couple critiques: - Half the new songs were incredible and the other half were not great. "He lives in you" is now one of my favourites and "Chow down" didn't seem to fit in my opinion. - George Asprey let me down a little - Scar is one of my favourite characters. He was the only person I recognised of the cast from a previous production and while he is an actor who knows his craft, this didn't seem like his role. He possessed the volume and ability but not the "evilness" and maliciousness that was so characterful with Jeremy Irons. All in all however, neither of these points could detract from the excellence that is The Lion King

4.0 star rating Skb from London, England

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SOUND ?

Amazing show - so many magical moments and haunting music. But the sound ! At times you couldn’t hear scar. Young nala and young Donna either had very weak voices or the sound wasn’t right - you couldn’t actually hear some of their lines at the start. I don’t understand why the show doesn’t do anything to rectify this - it makes no sense at all for such an established show and a Disney offering

3.0 star rating EM from London

SHOW WAS BRILLIANT BUT THEATRE WAS FREEZING COLD

Although the show was amazing, we didn't enjoy it as much as we should have as we were wrapped up in our jackets and scarves due to the strong breeze blowing through us. When I asked about it I was told thats the way it is and they couldn't/wouldn't do anything about it. Consideing I paid £260 for 3 tickets this was very upsetting and I wouldn't go back to see another show in the Lyceum Theatre. Show itself was amazing though.

3.0 star rating Sarah J from London, UK

MORE AVERAGE AS TIME GOES BY?

Everyone I know who's seen the Lion King on stage could not sing its praises enough. Everyone I know (including me) watched and loved the film as a child. So it was with a heavy heart that I found myself comparing the two throughout the show, and finding the show wanting. There are two reasons I might give for this disappointment which may make you dismiss this review. The first is I was sitting right at the back of the Grand Circle - I could, therefore see all the stage-workings, and it lost a lot of impact from this angle. Still I paid £30 for a ticket! In my opinion, if the show is substandard from a seat, you shouldn't allow people to sit there: it's about quality and brand management. So my first advice is pay for the more expensive tickets if you're going to go at all. The second reason you might dismiss me, is that I consider the film to have been miles better. I can hear you already - well, it's a stage production, things have to change to make it work (Continued in next post)

3.0 star rating Sarah J from Anytown, AT 55555

(CONTINUED REVIEW)

That's true. And many of the ways in which it was adapted were brilliant, especially from the perspective of set-design. I actually really enjoyed the "Lionesses' Hunt", and many of the new numbers which added flavour to the setting. HOWEVER other additions, and interpretations of the original material, ended up giving the production the subtlety of a slap to the face, and ran dangerously-close to amateur. What was the point of Timon falling in the river, except to point out something which the actor had failed to convey in the stars scene: that Simaba's begining to feel uneasy at being care-free, that he's yearning to fill the gap which should've been filled by his destiny. What was the point of Scar morphing into Judge Claude Frollo to lust after young Nala, when Nala could've easily decided to hell with his politics, I'm going to look for help? The wilderbeast scene (probably for health and safety reasons) lacked any visceral quality (cont. in following post)

3.0 star rating Sarah J from London, UK

(CONTINUED REVIEW PART 3) MORE AVERAGE AS TIME GOES BY...

Anyway... I guess I should wrap up. It's not all bad. The dancing and singing is brilliant, even if I disliked many of the banally obvious lyrics in the English-language additions. I'm sure you could enjoy this show for what it is: a West End adaptation of a Broadway musical via Disney. But for anyone looking for the depth which is present in the film, you'll be disappointed. If the script is as deeply ingrained in your head as it is mine, you'll find it jarring, and at times, a poor replica. If however, you love spectacles, over-heart-wrenching power tunes beautifully sung, and you can barely remember the film, I'm sure this show-stopper will push all the right buttons and leave you well pleased. Even so, I can't help feeling that the actors and production as a whole, have gotten a little too cosy with their success. Whether subconsciously or not, I felt they were in too much of a hurry to get the job done, and perhaps that's just a sign that a show's been on for too long.

3.0 star rating Basia from London, England

SAVE YOUR MONEY

I'v seen the show before, it was incredible. I took my family to see it this January and we all left pretty disappointed. The entire time we had a feeling that the show was incredibly rushed, the actors barely allowed each other to finish their line before speaking over each other. Young Nala and Simba need a few singing lessons before being cast in a show of this scale, there were moments when you couldn't even make out their speech. Some of the added jokes like 'this looks like a primary sheet' just seem out of place. The costume design and dancers were still as amazing as ever, but the acting seemed half arsed, and the entire show we felt like the actors couldn't wait to just get the show done and over with and go home.

3.0 star rating Luka from London, England

MEH...

Went to see the lion king together with my family today. I think it is worth to see once, but byfar not as good as people say. The choreography was mediocre, some new songs and scenes added to the story were not as good either. The characters are not played by the correct actors in my view. Overall I'd give it 6/10. Not bad but not great either.

3.0 star rating Fabio from London, England

A GOOD SHOW

I went to see the show last night the 4th of may 2022. The costumes, colors and lights are amazing and I can see how much work has been done to create discographies like this. You can see though that it something happening from a very long time, the show has lost accuracy and you can feel it. The singing of the main characters did not impress me at all. The theater was EXTREMELY noise with people having food all the time long and disturbing constantly, that was very irritating, do you really need to have food during the show?!?!.

3.0 star rating S Payne from Manchester, England

MORE PANTO THAN MUSICAL

I was really looking forward to experience this live spectacle but left slightly deflated. I expected a musical but watch what I would describe as an over elaborate pantomime. That said the sets were fantastic as were the majority of the animal costumes. We could not fault the cast whatsoever. But as far as musicals go this belongs at Christmas with Snow White , Peter Pan and Cinderella.

3.0 star rating Rachel from Bristol,

LION KING BRISTOL

Having never seen this performance I wonder what the west end show is like? The sets and costumes were wonderful and the whole flow of the story was great. I was slightly disappointed with the individual solo performances, not the standard of musicality I would have expected. Putting that to one side the stars of the show were most definitely the Warthog & the Meerkat! Bravo to the costume designers! Exceptional artistry:-)

2.0 star rating M Barnes from London,

NOT LIKE IT USED TO BE

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

SO DISAPPOINTED

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

NOT WORTH THE WATCH

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

DISAPPOINTING

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

OH I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO GO HOME...

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

OVERRATED

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

SEATING AGONY

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

1.0 star rating Martha from Wirral

DON’T BOTHER

I’ve seen the production of the Lion King before which was absolutely amazing and we were really looking forward to seeing it again….unfortunately, the excitement stopped after the first scene and I was bitterly disappointed. It seemed very panto, the added jokes were cringey and out of place. The story lost its way, if you hadn’t seen the movie you’d have no idea what was going on. Lots of filler scenes which were pointless, main great songs from the film were missed out and replaced with new songs which nobody knew and were weird and boring. At one point even the boy behind me asked his mum ‘what’s going on’ and I felt the same, throughout you could hear several people snoring…I wish I could have slept through it. £150 for two tickets , what a waste of money.

1.0 star rating from London, England

DON'T BOTHER - NOT WORTH THE RIDICULOUS PRICE I PAID.

We attended the show yesterday, after paying £400 for two tickets. I am deaf and hearing aid user so my partner wanted to make sure we were as close as possible (still row H so not under the stage). The audio was terrible. Nothing like what you see in the trailer (which is dated years ago anyway). I couldn't hear half the conversations. The artists seemed tired, out of sync and out of tune too. Pieces of the costumes fell apart mid-act. As the cherry on the cake, we were sitting in the proximity of a young guy that was clearly feeling sick throughout the whole act. We make our way out during the interval and I had to see this young guy vomit at least 5 times right by the theatre stairs. No one came to clean or to let them know it was better if they didn't go back in. The idea of having to share such a small space with someone that is clearly sick made me feel sick and anxious. We left before the second act started and I never did it before in my entire life. I am so disappointed.

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Epic wonderful MAGICAL

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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