The Lion King roars into life at the Lyceum Theatre


Address: 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ

The musical stage show adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King is the highest grossing Broadway production of all time, making more than $1 billion, and Broadway’s third longest-running show behind The Phantom of the Opera and Chicago.

The show reached the Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End in 1999, two years after its Minneapolis debut, and it still pulls in the crowds today as one of the top-ten longest-running West End shows.

The 2,000-seat Lyceum Theatre has been home to the Lion King musical ever since it first staged the production on September 24, 1999. In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, it was a pop concert venue, attracting the biggest bands of the time like Led Zeppelin, The Who, Genesis, Bob Marley and The Smiths.

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It closed in 1986 and stood in darkness for ten years before it was restored and converted to accommodate large-scale musicals, staging Jesus Christ Superstar and Oklahoma before the Lion King took up residence.

Situated in the heart of Covent Garden, just off the Strand, the Lyceum Theatre is very easy to find.

The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre opening hours

Outside of performances, the Lyceum Theatre is closed to the public.

Matinee performances of the Lion King are held on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm. Evening shows begin at 7.30pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

If you want to buy tickets in person, the theatre’s box office opening times are:

    • Monday – 10am-6pm
    • Tuesday to Saturday – 10am-8pm
    • Sunday – 11am-3pm

Attractions near The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

As mentioned earlier, the Lyceum Theatre is right in the heart of Covent Garden. This means that in the run-up to your show, you can take in some amateur street theatre at the piazza, browse the many charming craft shops or refuel with a delicious handcrafted coffee or crêpe.

Around the circumference of the actual market building, you’ll find upmarket stores from Burberry, Chanel, Dior, Links of London and Casio too.

The Lyceum Theatre is also surrounded by other great venues staging renowned productions starring celebrities and faces you may well recognise from television.

The Savoy Theatre recently staged Funny Girls starring Sheridan Smith, and from November, Glee star Amber Riley will star in Dreamgirls at the Savoy.

Kinky Boots has made Adelphi Theatre its home since August 2015, while Vaudeville Theatre operates a constantly shifting schedule of shows including The Gruffalo, The Importance of Being Earnest and Wind In The Willows, as well as solo shows from Bill Bailey, David Baddiel and Dawn French.

Just around the corner from the Lyceum is St Paul’s Church, which has come to be known as the Actors’ Church due to its long association with the theatre community.

    • St Paul’s Church (338ft, 1 minute)
    • London Film Museum (390ft, 1 minute)
    • London Transport Museum (0.1 mile, 2 minutes)
    • Savoy Theatre (0.1 mile, 3 minutes)
    • Adelphi Theatre (0.2 miles, 4 minutes)
    • Vaudeville Theatre (0.2 miles, 4 minutes)
    • Fortune Theatre (0.2 miles, 4 minutes)
    • Middle Temple Gardens (0.5 miles, 10 minutes)

Hotels near The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

You can get to the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel on the Underground in around 20 minutes.

Take the Piccadilly line to Holborn Station. Switch on to the Central line and jump off at Queensway Station. From there, it’s a two-minute walk. After exiting the station, head east down Bayswater Road and turn left onto Inverness Terrace.

The Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel’s triple rooms come with a double or twin bed, as well as a sofa bed, making them ideal for a small family or group of friends.

All triple rooms feature everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay, such as a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities and complimentary high-speed WiFi.

How to get to the Lyceum Theatre

With seven Tube stations within a ten-minute walk, taking the Underground is arguably the most straightforward way to get the Lyceum Theatre.

The nearest stations are:

    • Covent Garden – Piccadilly line (0.3 miles, 5 minutes)
    • Charing Cross – Bakerloo, Northern and Jubilee lines (0.4 miles, 8 minute)
    • Temple – Circle & District lines (0.4 miles, 8 minutes)
    • Leicester Square – Piccadilly and Northern lines (0.5 miles, 9 minutes)
    • Holborn – Piccadilly and Central lines (0.5 miles, 10 minutes)
    • Embankment – Bakerloo, Northern, District and Circles lines (0.4 miles, 9 minutes)
    • Waterloo and Waterloo East – Bakerloo, Northern and Jubilee lines (0.7 miles, 15 minutes)

If you prefer to take the bus, use numbers 1, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 68, 77A, 91, 176 or 341 with Leicester Square as the destination. The closest bus interchange for all London routes and night buses is Trafalgar Square.

Parking options near The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

There are ample parking options if you’re driving to your performance of the Lion King.

    • NCP London Covent Garden (0.4 mile, 7 minutes)
    • NCP London Shaftesbury (0.5 miles, 9 minutes)
    • Q-Park Chinatown (0.5 miles, 10 minutes)
    • Q-Park Leicester Square (0.6 miles, 12 minutes)
    • NCP London Brewer Street (0.8 miles, 17 minutes)