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 Disney's beloved 1994 film into a stage phenomenon. Her depiction of the powerful and moving story of Simba - from wide-eyed cub to King of the Pride Lands - will 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 is to miss out on a West End experience of a lifetime, one that has captivated London audiences since 1999. 

The Lion King Cast

Nick Afoa takes on the role of Simba, with Janique Charles as Nala. Joining them are Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as the iconic Rafiki, Shaun Escoffery and George Asprey as Mufasa and Scar respectively, Gary Jordan as Zazu and Richard Frame and Keith Bookman as Timon and Pumbaa. A company of 48 of the West End's most talented artists bring this masterpiece to life.

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. 

Disney's The Lion King Performance Dates & Times

You can book from 23-Nov-2017 to 29-Apr-2018

Running time

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Important Information

PLEASE NOTE: strobe lighting is used several times during the performance. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Children over 3 will be admitted, but they must be able to sit in their own seat quietly throughout the performance. If they become restless, they may be asked to leave the auditorium.

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.

Disney's The Lion King Soundtrack Playlist

The Venue

Find out more about the venue for your show: Directions, Transport options and facilities.

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