The Lion King
The Lion King
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You will never forget the theatrical event that is Disney's THE LION KING. Brilliantly re-imagined by acclaimed director Julie Taymor, Disney's beloved film has been transformed into a spectacular stage production that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands. 'There is simply nothing else like it.' The New York Times
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Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


How to get there
  • Covent Garden • 5 min walk
  • Temple • 5 min walk
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SCT55
Holt, UK187 contributions
Absolutely stunning show from start to finish, the show itself is definitely worth 5+ stars.
However, the Royal Circle bar is small, a bit scruffy, has limited choice and is eye-wateringly expensive, (£12 for a plastic cup of so-so wine!)
Staff are warm and friendly throughout.
One word of advice, the Wednesday matinee in school term time means LOTS of children in the audience!
Written May 20, 2022
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Caroline P
London, UK181 contributions
What a great show! I do think it went on a long time & a couple of songs possibly could've been cut from it, but can't fault the acting/singing & the costumes & animatronics. Really enjoyed it.

The downside is that in spite of clear instructions for the audience to wear masks, very few did, which is just ignorant. Covid is still around, people.

Another extremely irritating aspect was the young teenager behind us who managed to scoff his way through 3 bags of sweets during the first half of the show. In spite of myself & the person sitting next to me turning around a few times, he blissfully continued to noisily munch his way through. No self - awareness, clearly, & neither had his parents who allowed him to continue. We paid a lot of money for our tickets - is it too much to expect folk to have some respect & courtesy to allow us to watch the show in relative peace & quiet? I honestly though the lady sat next to me who was directly in front of him was going to strangle him! She mentioned to me in the interval that she actually had a headache from it.
Written November 3, 2021
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Martin S
Chippenham, UK2 contributions
Couples
Fabulous, uplifting show. A wonderful experience for young and old. The matinée we attended comprised of approx 25% children under 5 and it's a long 3h show so if you want to avoid noisy, restless toddlers I'd advise booking the evening performance. Apart from that it's a lovely, lovely show. The sets are magnificent, the animals incredible and the company are absolutely wonderful. An incredible production.
Written August 14, 2022
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Kate 7
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This show is obviously amazing and this review is not a reflection of the production or cast who were staggeringly brilliant.

We attended a Saturday matinee performance of the Lion King recently, the tickets cost an eye watering £500 for our family of 4. Unfortunately the audience in the Stalls had sold a number of those tickets to families who had children under 6 (the recommend age for this show is 6) so the Stalls were noisy, children messing around and adults getting up and down to the toilet or to get beverages constantly. Bizarre.

I'm all for family theatre, it being fun & interactive, there is a style of show in London to suit everyone of all ages. I don't expect everyone has perfectly behaved kids all the time BUT, when you're paying £500 for the best seats in the Stalls for this particular show, I think its a joke to be in an environment that is like being at a pantomine. (Lion King, despite being Disney is quite a serious show and certainly not interactive for kids, nor should it be). It's definitely not suitable for kids under 6 - READ THE SMALL PRINT

This is an enormous amount of money in hard pushed times, and Disney should be offering ticket prices to reflect the type of crowd that will attend, especially for matinees. I would never recommend a matinee to see this show.
Written July 5, 2022
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Sarah E
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Family
We booked these tickets for our children in Jan 2022 for a show in feb 2022. As a family we caught Covid a few days before the performance and unfortunately my daughter ended up being really quite unwell. We emailed the company immediately to tell them the situation, and they said we would be able to move the tickets to another date.

As my daughter was so unwell it took a few weeks to recover. When we emailed again to rebook we were told that we were unable to rebook as we had missed the performance date and needed to rebook for a date prior to the original show. How would this have been possible with Covid and an extremely sick child?

After much correspondence, we have found the company to be rude, unhelpful and uncompromising. Currently we are £600 out of pocket with no resolution.

It is absolutely abhorrent that a company of this size has shown such little interest in resolving a situation that not only effected us as a family, but has impacted the entire country.

A real shame for the industry.
Written June 18, 2022
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helensmithLeeds
Scarborough District, UK145 contributions
Family
We have seen the Lion King on numerous occasions and it was until this evening my favourite West End Show.

We arranged to visit London this weekend to celebrate my best friends 50th birthday the highlight was Supposed to be the show. Bought eight tickets cost short of £800 pounds. The opening was, as always, magical and emotional with an excellent performance from Rafiki - but sadly the rest of the show was a bitter disappointment . The show lacked quality of performance from the artists.

Rafiki was excellent and seemed to be the only one who delivered her part.

Solo’s were not impressive and lacked emotion, volume and passion. The dancers were not always on time and and lacked coordination.

I was throughly disappointed in the whole experience not sure what has Happened to the show . I Would not recommend. Nor would I recommend the UK National tour as a consequence of our visit this evening.
Written February 27, 2022
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Adam Green
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Couples
Avoid buying tickets through Disney direct!
Show cancelled 20 minutes before it started. Chaos in the street with leaflets handed out stating your ticket provider will be in contact. 5 days later I’m still trying to speak with someone at Disney Directly as they have increased the exact same seats 40% in price since I booked. No one prepared to speak or call me back and just put into a musical loop. Rang Hammersmith offices and they don’t even have a complaints department! Still chasing a rebooking despite other parties getting there act together
Written August 11, 2021
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Paul Stanley
London, UK155 contributions
We had been looking forward to seeing the show for ages. I had seen it many years ago and was excited to take my partner to see it. The staff and theatre are great but the show just lacked a lot. The opening was, as always, magical and emotional with excellent performances from Rafiki and two other singers - but sadly the rest of the show did not keep up the standard, energy, magic or professionalism.

Rafiki was excellent and seemed to be the only one who embodied the part, energy and enthusiasm we were expecting. Phumba was also good. The rest of the cast seemed to be "going through the motions".

Most of the group singing and costumes were great but solos were not impressive and lacked emotion, volume and passion. The dancing was little more than leaping, not always on time and not tight in the coordination.

The "big numbers" lacked energy and seemed to be short with the unknown songs difficult to understand (especially the hyenas which none of us could understand).

I'm not sure if it was an off day, that the Lion King has not kept up with other shows (eg Mary Poppins, Frozen, Moulin Rouge, Life of Pi etc) or that I had an exaggerated memory. The sets are simple and creative and, for the most part work, but something was missing - especially for the price point.
Written February 9, 2022
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Danny K
Manchester, UK17 contributions
Played in a gorgeous historical venue, The Lion king from start to finish is breath-takingly entertaining. The production managed to weave stunning music, exhilarating drama, hilarious comedy and eye-catching scenery all in one show. A truly unforgettable experience. The way in which they use all available space in the theatre for example when they bring on the elephant onto the stage direct from the crowd really involves and engages the audience. From small children to sophisticated adults, everyone will have a great time and the great pleasure of experiencing such an incredible show will live on in their memory for many years to come
Written June 3, 2022
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sarahwr1985
Michigan18 contributions
Family
We attended the lion king with our kids ages 6 and 8, we were all mesmerized for 3 hours state. This is our first time seeing it and we thought it was absolutely marvelous. We did book good tickets (stalls, row H aisle seats) as we thought it’s a treat after 2 years of covid19, and the kids really enjoyed seeing the characters come down the aisles. Whenever I glanced at my kids, their faces were lit up with joy. We thought the production, the stage, the cast everything was beyond expectations. There was nothing idle about the show, even the drummers interacted with the audience. The Lyceum theatre was also very nice, small but very grand and well ventilated. In summary, this was the highlight of our 10 busy days trip to London, and I’m glad we were able to make those memories with our kids.
Written August 6, 2022
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