Lyceum Theatre
Lyceum Theatre
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:45 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:45 PM
About
Operated by the Ambassadors Theatre Group, the Lyceum Theatre is instantly recognisable by its grand, Grade II listed building that stands proudly in London’s Covent Garden. Since 1999, the theatre has been home to Disney’s The Lion King, a beloved musical that’s become a major part of the West End’s cultural scene.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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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. 


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  • Covent Garden • 5 min walk
  • Temple • 5 min walk
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  • James 647
    Birmingham, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Experience
    We visited yesterday to see the Lion King. It was a brilliant performance and all the staff were excellent. The theatre was evacuated in the second half, but all staff acted promptly and the audience were allowed back in after the Fire Service had attended and the performer resumed without a hitch. The previous reviewer has complained that they deserve a refund, which I don't think is fair...I guess next time they would prefer to stay while the rest of us are evacuated?!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Kenjordan j
    London, United Kingdom142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and outstanding show, expensive drinks though.
    We had initially bought 2 tickets £30 each, 3 raw stalls, as I was on duty did not buy it, I was lucky not to work so I could buy the 3rd ticket, which cost me £120 stalls right at the back. Ok decision last minute, pay the high price. The show is amazing, the actors, the sound, the scenography and the music , live played included, we have seen many many shows in the west end and I have to say, London offers a lot for all taste, so all really impressive. However if you are looking for wine £13 and ice cream £5, or other drinks I find extremely expensive, so be ready to leave your wallet, especially if you have a large family.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Jonathan C.
    510 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    lyceum theatre - the lion king
    I had a wonderful time here watching my first West End show - The Lion King! The theater is huge and very spacious. My seat was pretty far off to the side but still had great views of the stage. Staff are very friendly and helpful.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Rose
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful show, but dissatisfied with the stewards in the theatre.
    Wonderful from start to finish with outstanding costumes and beautiful singing, this timeless classic is definitely one to see again and again. The only thing that let it down for us was the late comers, that interrupted not once but twice during the first half of the performance, we missed some of the story line. I thought if you were late you weren't allowed in? Considering you nearly pay nearly £400 for a family of four you would expect no disturbance during the show. Also one of your stewardess was not professional when my husband tried explaining how frustrating it was to have to get up and down from your seat whilst trying to watch the show, only to told why don't you just sit down then. Then to top it off, the three men who were late comers didn't even watch the show and were on their phones most of the time. Also quite distracting because of the light that comes from phones in the dark. Such a shame for what could of been a perfect show.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • John W
    Douglas, United Kingdom2,287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great show. Reasonable Accessibility. Strange late comers policy.
    Building first. One of the greatest biggest theatres in London. Wheelchair access is to left of main door and is down a sloping corridor to rear of stalls. I was with my nieces. 13 and 16. There are two chair spaces at the extreme side of the back row. Floor slopes forward which is uncomfortable for 2.5 hours. Near to bar and the ( tiny ) accesible loos. As it’s the back row late comers we’re admitted, regular intervals, for 1st 30 minutes. Distracting. Accessible loo was used by ordinary audience members. Bit frustrating. Show was colourful and with great costume, set and lighting. Some of the animal costumes and prosthetics, animatronics, were excellent. Hyenas, Elephants, giraffe, warthog. An enjoyable afternoon.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Zubings!
    65 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Review is for theatre, not Lion King
    We went to see Lion King at the theatre and honestly, amazing!!! My review is not about the Lion King 🦁 The theatre itself… 1. Drinks are wayyyy to overpriced. We had a Pepsi and a gin & tonic - £14.90 2. You can’t have glass bottles in the actual theatre but people can have class wine/champagne glasses? 3. The seats are so uncomfortable.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Jonathan H
    30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    New Paro Indian Restaraunt at Lyceum Theatre, London
    New Paro Indian Restaraunt beneath Lyceum Theatre - we were invited in on day two of opening. Friendly with a 50% discount until end of September! Very well made food - all dishes were tasty, used good ingredients and provided some new vegetarian options to the South Asian food that we have had before. Even the rice was a delight. Recommend the black lentils and also mango and pomegranate chat. Excellent addition t the Covent Garden eating scene
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Butlerfamily
    Leicester, United Kingdom264 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lion King performance was amazing
    Great show (Lion King) we were seated in the grand circle and had a great view. However the theatre itself is in need of a good clean, the cornices and lighting were think with dust that looked light it had been there years. However this did not distract from the performance. Bar is very over priced so be warned if you’re making a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • daniel_travel2011
    Meitar, Israel297 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    We booked a couple of weeks in advance for the Lion King, we always wanted to go to one of these shows in an old style theatre, it was worth the wait. Everything was just so nice, the seating and view were great (Royal Circle just right of the middle), the atmosphere was fantastic, the refreshments were great too. The show itself was absolutely breath taking, the props were incredible, the acting was outstanding and the whole thing was just an amazing experience. It’s not cheap but worth every penny
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 2, 2023
  • mark7242
    Leeds, United Kingdom588 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Good Show
    We went to see Lion king and paid extra for the ambassador suite with a drink and nibbles. Well worth the extra and the seat where great with a good view. Think Lion King is more for kids than adults but overall had a good time. Wouldn’t return but purely because that’s me.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
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Paul B
Smarden, UK44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Once a year I take a trip to London with my partner to experience the city, this year we took a trip to the theatre and watched the lion king. It was a long day on the old feet and it was a blessing to hear that their doors were open around 1800 so we could sit in the grand circle bar and chill out before the show. You can expect high prices for drinks and refreshments would advise taking your own sweets and snacks. When it was time to be seated it was a good view for the cheapest ticket (£63 roughly) seats were very cramped and uncomfortable for the 2.5 hours of being seated temperature was comfortable tho. I would say the intro and the ending were the best scenes of the show in between was mediocre all depends what entertains the individual I suppose. For the profit that each show makes I was expecting something a bit more spectacular. Would recommend for the experience if you haven’t done it before, would not see it again tho.
Written January 19, 2020
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KazB79
England, UK61 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
First of all this is a review on the venue rather than the performance (which was excellent).

They opened the doors around 6pm but made everyone wait crammed into the foyer with no room to breathe until just before 7pm. No other theatre we have visited does this. I don't understand the logic behind it. If you're going to let people in at that time then make the whole venue accessible rather than have people crammed in together. It spoilt it for us as it also meant we were unable to get around and look at merchandise, or sit and relax in the bar before the performance.

No complaints about the prices of drinks. It's the West End of London so I'm not sure why people complain about it being too expensive. Do people really expect Poundland prices when they come here? Do your research beforehand and plan it into your budget.

We got into our seats in the stalls just after 7pm. The show was due to start at 7.30pm but it didn't actually start until 7.50pm. What's even more annoying is that they were allowing latecomers in until beyond 8pm. This was really annoying as people in front kept having to stand up to let latecomers into their seats. It wasn't just the odd one either, there were a lot of late arrivals. This ruined the first 15 minutes of the show for us with people in front having to keep standing up. It's not acceptable. They should not be allowing people in who can't be bothered to get there on time. Arriving at 8.05pm for a show due to start at 7.30 isn't on at all.

The actual theatre itself is a beautiful building and the show was amazing. Theatre staff were very polite and friendly. It's just a shame the organisation is chaotic. Get some managers in who know what they're doing and it could be great. We went to Her Majesty's Theatre last month to watch Phantom of the Opera and we didn't experience any of the problems we experienced here.
Written September 24, 2021
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scato184
Leicester, UK7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We arrived 90 minutes prior to the excellent performance as strongly recommended on the theatres website only to be held in the royal circle bar area for 30 minutes or more. The area was overcrowded with people squeezing through to get served at the bar or go to the downstairs toilets. A large number of people chose not to wear any face coverings whilst in this overcrowded room. The theatres website indicates that theatre goers would be seated and theatre staff would serve snacks and drinks straight to your seating area. I wish we had turned up 20 minutes before the start of the show so I was not stressed with overcrowding anxiety that spoilt a long anticipated great night out for my birthday.
I don't think the theatre should recommend that people arrive before the seating area is available and be forced into a confined space and potentially unsafe situation. If people want to turn up early by personal choice then that is a different matter.

The show was magical, and the performers body language of the animal being portrayed added to the performance. Well done to all the production team for a rememberable show.
Written October 12, 2021
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Susan H
Southam, UK114 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Beautiful theatre and super helpful staff. Unfortunately despite the theatre guide on suitability for children and age the family behind us decided to bring their young son, around three or four who consistently talked through the performance, kicking the back of my Great Nieces chair or sitting on the steps playing around/talking to his mother. It’s not cheap going to the theatre and I would urge the theatre management to put in place more stringent age entrances for young children it certainly caused us concern having that racket going on directly behind us.

The cast of the Lion King were simply amazing.
Written August 7, 2022
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distantdreamer
London520 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We took our grandchildren to a matinee performance on Sunday and after reading recent reviews were rather concerned. We were told to arrive an hour and a half before the performance but actually arrived with just over an hour to go. The queue went down the side of the building but moved very quickly. Covid check was done in a minute and we were inside within 10 minutes. We were told the theatre would open in around 10 minutes and we made our way upstairs to look at the very over priced merchandise!! There was plenty of room to walk around, no crowding and we quickly went to our seats. We went prepared for it to be hot but luckily the temperature was fine so fans were not needed! The show was late starting by about 20 minutes, but we enjoyed the atmosphere. We were in the royal circle, row L and had a very clear view of the stage. Booster seats were available for the grandchildren. There were long queues as expected for the loos during the interval, but they moved quickly. It was a great show and the grandchildren thought it was amazing, so a great day out.
Written October 12, 2021
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Lizz
Watford, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Waited for years to see this show and finally made it. It was worth the wait!
The incredible way the animal characters are portrayed, the way they come down alongside you through the aisles the whole thing is totally absorbing and mesmerising. The actors were truly amazing, taking on the characteristics and personalities and their voices singing the musical numbers were just lovely.
The theatre itself is full of character too - smaller than I thought it would be so the view was great. The theatre staff were friendly including the security staff who did their checks very efficiently without rummaging through my belongings.
Totally loved the show - many thanks to everyone involved in it for giving us such a memorable experience 😊
Written February 29, 2020
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Perfect Spread
England, UK240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Love this theatre and love this show! Staff are super nice and know what they’re doing. Easy to navigate around so no need to keep asking someone where this and that is. Lion King is an amazing show and I’d always see it again, as it is I’ve been 4 times now I think over the 20 years and it’s just as good as ever!
First time my girlfriend has seen it after years of wanting to and she was so amazed by it, she absolutely loved it! Plus she cried of happiness at the start and end; when she cried at the end the guys on stage saw and baby Nala made a heart to her with her fingers and adult Nala clapped her and even started to get teary herself haha! Great night out!!!
Written February 15, 2020
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mukhasben
South Shields, UK3,412 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
On our trip to london, one of the highlights we’d looked forward too, (myself, sister in law, and two teenage daughters) was the Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. We’d had to prebook and yes, it wasn’t cheap, but it was a one off treat so we’re determined to enjoy it even if two drinks, crisps and 2 soft drinks cost £30!
We were all surprised how small it was inside but happily the seats weren’t like the ones we’ve suffered in older theatres across the country. It was really smart and classy inside. The show was absolutely brilliant and a great night was had by all.
Written April 14, 2022
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Philip B
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Great musical. Amazing performance. I loved it!
However, when we visited in October last year (2021), when covid-19 restrictions were still in place, the theatres covid management was very bizarre!
We were instructed to arrive at least 1 hour before the evening performance start time, and so we queued outside in the cold with many others.
When the doors finally opened, the theatre staff directed everyone to the main lobby, where a very large number of people (in excess of 200 people) were crammed into a very small area in the lobby. So no covid precautions anymore! There was only one female toilet available, again with large queues. So, again, no covid precautions put in place.
Then we were all herded upstairs into the bar area, and not allowed into the auditorium. The bar area was even smaller than the lobby area, but (amazingly!) you could now spend money at the bar, as we were now a captive audience. Because, again, at least 200 people were squeezed into the small bar area, there was no consideration of covid precautions or safe distance management, despite all the blah about it in the instruction email sent before the performance!
Somebody somewhere, clearly didn't have a clue what they were doing on the night! But the email sounded good!!!
Written May 20, 2022
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alan
Swadlincote, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Don't make any errors when booking tickets online. The Theatre has a policy of no refunds, no transfers, no credit voucher. If you cannot honour the exact details of what you book online - bad luck. No show and lose your money
Written January 30, 2020
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