The Lion King


Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, the stage musical of The Lion King is based on the Disney animated film.

When a young lion prince is born in the Pridelands in Africa, his uncle Scar moves further down the line of inheritance. In an attempt to take the throne, Scar plots the death of Mufasa – the King laying the blame at the feet of his son – Simba. Scar takes the throne by enlisting the help of hyenas and disturbs the natural balance. Simba is convinced to return and overthrow his uncle restoring the “Circle Of Life”.


Disney’s The Lion King is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary at London’s Lyceum Theatre. The show recently eclipsed The Phantom Of The Opera to become the highest-grossing stage show in history, having grossed some £3.8 billion globally. Since it opened in London in 1999, the show has been seen by over 12 million people.


Disney’s The Lion King is the brainchild of Award winning Director Julie Taymor ,who has created an epic musical that transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.

With music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, a musical score created by Hans Zimmer and choral arrangements by Lebo M, The Lion King score includes songs like I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, The Circle of Life, Endless Night and Shadow Land.


Disney’s The Lion King remains one of London’s best-selling shows and advance booking is recommended. That said does have ticket availability for The Lion King at short notice.

Please note: Children under 3 years of age are not permitted to the Lyceum Theatre. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove noisy children during the performance without refund. The theatre provides booster seats for younger theatregoers to ensure they get to see the magic of the show unhindered.


Disney’s The Lion King has been seen by over 70million people world-wide

Many have called The Lion King – the African Hamlet – what do you think?

There are more than 232 puppets in the show

It took 37,000 hours to build the puppets and masks

It takes over 114 people to prepare for each performance of The Lion King

The longest animal is an elephant: 13′ long, 11’3″ high and 9 feet wide at the ears. It collapses to 34 inches to go down the theatre aisle

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Scar – George Asprey
Mufasa – Shaun Escoffery
Rafiki – Brown Lindiwe Mkhize
Zazu – Stephen Matthews
Timon – Damian Baldet
Pumbaa – Keith Bookman
Simba – Andile Gumbi
Nala – Ava Brennan
Shenzi – Jacquelyn Hodges
Banzai – Gary Forbes
Ed – Sebastien Torkia
Zhane Coffi-Gowie as Young Nala at certain performances
Odelia Dizel-Cubuca as Young Nala at certain performances
Amelia Monet Kennedy as Young Nala at certain performances
Isabelle Outtara as Young Nala at certain performances
Ralf Hersbourg as Young Simba at certain performances
Lorenzo Dizel-Cubaca as Young Simba at certain performances
Michael Matia as Young Simba at certain performances

Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Tim Rice
Book: Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Costume Design : Julie Taymor
Director: Julie Taymor
Choreography: Garth Fagan
Scenic Design: Richard Hudson
Lighting Design: Donald Holder

The Lion King’s broad brushstrokes deliver nothing less than a sweeping panorama of a continent in dignified motion and a deeply felt celebration of life.
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph [star rating=”4″]

1998 Drama Desk Awards
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Tsidi Le Loka
Outstanding Director – Julie Taymor
Outstanding Choreography – Garth Fagan
Outstanding Set Design – Richard Hudson
Outstanding Costume Design – Julie Taymore
Outstanding Lighting Design – Donald Holder
Outstanding Sound Design – Tony Meola
Outstanding Puppet Design – Julie Taymor and Michael Curry

1998 Tony Awards
Best Musical
Best Direction Of A Musical – Julie Taymor
Best Choreography – Garth Fagan
Best Scenic Design for a Musical – Richard Hudson
Best Costume Design for a Musical – Julie Taymor and Michael Curry
Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Donald Holder

1999 Laurence Olivier Awards
Best Theatre Choreographer – Garth Fagan
Best Costume Design – Julie Taymor

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