About Disney's The Lion King

Set in the magnificent Serengeti plains, heavy with the haunting sounds of Africa, Disney's multi-award-winning musical redefines the meaning of live experience. In a spectacular feat of storytelling, acclaimed director Julie Taymor has vividly transformed the beloved 1994 film into a stage phenomenon at the Lyceum Theatre. Her depiction of the powerful and moving story of Simba - from wide-eyed cub to King of the Pride Lands is bound to take you on an unforgettable theatrical journey. 

As well-loved tunes like “The Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata” resonate around the enchanting Lyceum Theatre, 200 puppets bring the Serengeti to life. Each puppet is crafted so intricately and manoeuvred so realistically that the characters before you appear to be living. Accompanying the music and puppetry are The Lion King’s glorious staging choices and stunning special-effects that transport you even further into the heart of Africa.

To miss out on Disney’s The Lion King in London is to miss out on a West End experience of a lifetime, one that has captivated London audiences since 1999.

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Nick Afoa takes on the role of Simba, with Janique Charles as Nala. Joining them are Gugwana Dlamini as the iconic Rafiki, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa and George Asprey as Scar, Gary Jordan as Zazu and Jamie McGregor and Mark Roper as Timon and Pumbaa.

The cast is completed by Meloné M’kenzy, David Blake, Barnaby Thompson, Zion Gardner, John Madondo, Tia Murrell, Samuel O’Loughlin, Kai Plummer-Walrond, Avive Savannah Williams, Monaé Wilson, Eva Young, Lila Anderson, Merryl Ansah, Thanduxolo Booi, Gabriel Brasilio, Kanika Carr, Azola Dlamini, Jamie Golding, Sandile Gontsana, Du-Wayne Hinds, Makoto Iso, Wilson Kiiru, Garry Lake, Stephanie Tsz Maan Lo, Sadia McEwen, Phumlani Mkhize, Keitumetse Molea, Daniel Monteiro, Ayden Morgan, Rutendo Mushonga, Crystal Nicholls, Luciano Santos Souza, Poseletso Sejosingoe-Mandela, Kristof Skhosana, Shannon Taiwo and Matthieu Vinetot.

What's the story?

A lion cub named Simba is born to King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi, the royal family of the Pride Lands. News of Simba’s birth thrills the animal kingdom, but there is one who is displeased: Scar, Simba’s uncle, who is jealous that his nephew will inherit the throne. It soon becomes clear that Scar is in cahoots with a trio of bloodthirsty hyenas who he has promised unlimited food in exchange for their help killing Mufasa and Simba. What follows is an epic struggle for power between Scar and the rightful King of the Pride Lands, a tale cherished by millions.


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Disney's The Lion King Performance Dates & Times

Disney's The Lion King will perform on 14-Jul-2021.

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  • 19:30
  • 14:30
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Important Information

Please note: Children under 3 years of age are not permitted to enter the Lyceum Theatre. The Lion King is recommended for ages 6 and up. All persons aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult and may not sit on their own within the auditorium. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Strobe lighting is used several times during the performance. There is a wall present between Stalls seats Z17-23 and ZA15-23.

Facts & Figures

To give you some idea of what a colossal undertaking it was to bring this tremendous show to the stage, it took 17,000 hours to build all the puppets and masks involved, and 114 people are needed to prepare for each performance. But all this work has certainly been worth it because more than 80 million people across the globe have now seen the show.

Act I

  • Circle of Life (sung by Rafiki and Ensemble)
  • Grasslands Chant (sung by Ensemble)
  • The Morning Report (sung by Zazu, Young Simba and Mufasa)
  • The Lioness Hunt (sung by Ensemble)
  • I Just Can't Wait to Be King (sung by Young Simba, Young Nala, Zazu, and Ensemble)
  • Chow Down (sung by Shenzi, Banzai and Ed)
  • They Live in You (sung by Mufasa and Ensemble)
  • Be Prepared (sung by Scar, Shenzi, Banzai, Ed, and Ensemble)
  • The Stampede (sung by Ensemble and Rafiki)
  • Rafiki Mourns (sung by Ensemble)
  • Hakuna Matata (sung by Timon, Pumbaa, Young Simba, Simba, and Ensemble)

Act II

  • One by One (sung by Ensemble)
  • The Madness of King Scar (sung by Scar, Zazu, Banzai, Shenzi, Ed and Nala)
  • Shadowland (sung by Nala, Rafiki, and Ensemble)
  • Endless Night (sung by Simba and Ensemble)
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight (sung by Timon, Pumbaa, Simba, Nala, and Ensemble)
  • He Lives in You (Reprise) (sung by Rafiki, Simba and Ensemble)
    Simba Confronts Scar (Instrumental)
  • King of Pride Rock/Circle of Life (Reprise) (sung by Rafiki, Simba, Nala, Pumbaa, Timon, Zazu, and Ensemble)

Lyceum Theatre

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Where is Disney's The Lion King?

21 Wellington Street London WC2E 7RQ
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Strand) 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 91, 139, 176, 341; (Aldwych) RV1, X68, 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243
  • Parking: Drury Lane, Parker Street (10mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Strand) 139, 176, 341, N9, N15, N21, N44, N76, N9; (Aldwych) 6, 23, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N155, N171, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Piccadilly
  • Directions:

    (5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street/Wellington Street and follow the road 200 metres. The theatre is on your right.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible