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Lion King

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A wonderful, wonderful musical. It will touch a deep chord in anybody

The Sunday Times

Why See Lion King?

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See it now. remember it forever...

This vastly successful re-imagining of Disney's blockbuster 1994 animation continues to conquer, over two decades following its opening at the Lyceum theatre. Conjuring up the African savannah in all its grand, majestic beauty, using elaborate costuming, handsprung puppetry, and soaring African melodies it transports audiences from the grey streets of London to pure theatrical bliss. 

Prepare to be astonished as a cast of 40 singers and dancers transform themselves into the savannah's animals, from fierce lions to more elegant cheetahs and antelopes, as Elton John and Tim Rice's Lebo M-inspired score fills the theatre, entrancing audiences of all ages from the first note. Don't just take our word for it - The Lion King is now officially the most successful musical of all time, making over $1 Billion at the box office - and counting!

What is the story?

As in the 1994 film, 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 self-imposed exile.

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?

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Additional Information


Previews from: 24 September 1999

Opening night: 29 July 2021


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.


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Kayi Ushe as Simba
George Asprey as Scar
David Blake as Banzai 
Janique Charles as Nala
Thenjiwe Thendiva Nofemele as Rafiki
Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa
Gary Jordan as Zazu
Jamie McGregor as Timon
Melone M'Kenzy as Shenzi
Mark Roper as Pumbaa
Phil Adele as Ed
Ta'rell Fearon-Telfer and Theo Somolu as Young Simba
Teha Oduk and Chanai Owsus-Ansah as Young Nala


Etian A Almeida, Moya Angela, Thanduxolo Booi, Gabriel Brasilio, Donna Clovis,  Reece Darlington-Delaire, Azola Dlamini, Kuan Frye, Kevin Fullinck, Shak Gabbidon-Williams, Sandile Gontsana, Ryesha Higgs, Du-Wayne Hinds, Candice Holford, Angela Marie Hurst, Garry Lake, Duane-Lamonte O'Garro, Tramaine Lamy, Lamoi Leon, Jane Carla Leynes, Francisco Lins, Deja Linton, Stephanie Lo, Jonathan Lutwyche, Nonhlanhla Makhathini, Sadia McEwen, Phumlani Mkhize, Kearabetswe Mogotsi, Keitumetse Molea, Nosipho Nkonqa, Sophie Sass, Poseletso Sejsingoe-Mandela, Mlungisi Shabalala, Kristof Skhosana, Luciano Santos Souza, Gesztenye Taiwo, Shannon Taiwo, Barnaby Thompson, Taela Yeomans-Brown.


Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Costume Design by Julie Taymor
Directed by Julie Taymor
Choreographed by Garth Fagan
Scenic Design by Richard Hudson
Lighting Design by Donald Holder


Best Choreography (Garth Fagan)
Best Costume Design (Julie Taymor)

Theatrical Event of the Year

International Achievement in Musical Theatre

Best Designer (Julie Taymor & Richard Hudson)

Best Theatre/Show

Best Theatre/Show

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What we thought

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.

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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What you thought

65 reviews, average rating: (4.3 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Anonymous: “THE LION KING”


Shakira B: “fantastic!!”

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

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