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
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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 • 6 min walk
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  • Maurice P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special thanks to the staff for tahnking care of use. Made us feel like royalty. Special thanks to Kati, the reservation
    Fantastic resort. This best one by for. I recommend the resort to everyone. Five star resort. Fatastice views of the best from our one bedroo. Evbervery Friday is a beack party in the evening at the Chill Bay. one minute walk alone side the resort
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 July 2023
  • P&L.Cheshire
    Cheshire, United Kingdom934 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful yet again
    Wonderful yet again. We have seen The Lion King before and it is absolutely fabulous . This time we booked hospitality with nibbles and drinks before the show and ice cream at the interval. We did not have to join the long queue outside to get in but had our own entrance and were escorted to a private room. All the staff were friendly polite and helpful and took us down to our seats before the show started. We will be back again
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Edmond L
    Singapore, Singapore345 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great musical!
    Went with my 7 year old boy While he enjoyed the musical, there were moments in the musical that he found to be a bit dull. Overall length is alright for an adult but might be too long for kids. Great production and nice sets. Singing and the movement on stage was great. Nice musical!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Triskelion123
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom262 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good but very expensive
    Some of the sets were spectacular although I found the animal evocations a little confusing at times. Star of the show was Rafiki who sang fantastically. Others who were good were Scar and young Simba. Some of the diction of the others was poor and as a result many of the jokes were missed. The older Simba was even booed at the curtain call but his singing voice was inappropriate and rather weak. The performance really has only 2/3 strong songs but Rafiki made up for those with excellent vocal skills. The tickets are overpriced but the theatre was still almost full on a Tuesday evening.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Sara E
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning show
    The show was outstanding by all means. We booked Royal circle seats row A, was written that it’s restricted view but actually was amazing as we had panoramic view. Got my younger son a booster seat to make the view more clear. Ask one of the staff and they will bring you one. Me and my 2 boys (10 and 15 years old) and loved it, was a bit long but full of excitement. Songs were amazing, costumes and acting were stunning , every single detail was lovely. Not to be missed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Nigel P
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great show but inconsiderate parents can spoil it.
    What a fantastic show. My Partner and I looked at going to see the show many times but just never got around to it. So, we booked the 7.30 pm showing last week and really enjoyed it. The dancing costumes and singing were amazing. I know it's directed at kids, but we were hoping the evening show would have more older children/adults and to be fair the majority were. Unfortunately, we sat in front of a couple that had a toddler that was talking and sometimes yelling ALL through the show. A couple sitting near them must have said something at some point because there were some raised voices in return. I heard the mother say something like 'What do you expect me to do about it'. It's a great show, well worth seeing for sure. I just wish that the evening show had an age restriction on it. It's a lot of money for inconsiderate parents to spoil it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Darren S
    Huntingdon, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding and improvements since I last watched it
    Loved it, sat right at the front in the stalls Row A seats 18/19/20, this made us feel part of the show. Such a different experience being at the front. We came 10 years ago and thought it was great then. They have further improved the show with outstanding costumes and stage sets. People who moan about it being tired or boring are just moaners who moan,about everything they do in life. Sit back relax and enjoy the show. Fantastic!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Lisa B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally worth it
    Amazing performance. I took my 2 youngest children who are both autistic and were really nervous. We were noticed as we approached by one of the ushers who spent 45 minutes with us showing us around the theatre and where the quiet spaces were in case we needed them. He gave us a sensory bag with fidget toys, ear defenders and a guide to which sorts of the show might be scary and when they might want to look away to use for the duration of the show. They were so friendly and helpful throughout. The show itself was stunning and the kids lived every minute of it
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Zubings!
    68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow.
    I’ve always wanted to see The Lion King & I was not disappointed. From the costumes to the colours, the acting & the singing- it cannot be faulted. Just incredible. At times it felt like you were lost in a bubble, feeling completely amazed & involved. A must!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Leeann0266
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an experience!
    What can I say other than I loved the show. From the music to the costumes it was a whirlwind of colour and theatrics. I wasn't sure if my party would enjoy the show but when in London you must see a show! Age range in the group early 20s- 70s and everyone raved about it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 September 2023
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JONI1234
Norwich, UK318 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
My husband and I have seen quite a few musicals and have enjoyed most of them (favourites include fiddler on the roof, les mis, wicked and phantom). We usually go to London as a couple but took our 4 year old this time so wanted a show with family appeal. I have to say the lion king was really disappointing, one of the more expensive productions which is hard to get discounted seats for, for us it was not worth the money. Rafiki was the highlight of the show and some of the traditional African singing and dancing was impressive the rest seemed quite amateur. I think if you had not seen the film the plot would have been hard to follow, the sets and costumes were very abstract and it gave the show quite a dry feel, for much of it I felt quite bored and my husband struggled to stay awake. Because we went to a matinee the theatre was full of small children, our 4 year old was very well behaved and did not talk through the performance, unfortunately everyone (including adults) around us did and didn’t have the courtesy to whisper, children where getting out of their seats and standing and sitting in isles and late comers were ushered in with bright torches all through the first half which was very distracting. Having read such great reviews of this production I was left feeling confused by what I’d seen. Not a show I’d recommend or that I’d want to see again.
Written 3 February 2020
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Andy_n_Sara
Scarborough England124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We have been visiting London for years and have seen many shows. Tickets have always been expensive for this show and we have been reluctant to pay so much. We decided to take the plunge and see it. Having to climb loads (and I do mean loads!) Of stairs we took our seats on Row C. The leg room is restricted and I was at the end of row so.could at least put my legs out onto the stairs. The seats became more uncomfortable as the show progressed.
The show itself is visually impressive but if I'm honest I became bored, the acting was not brilliant and the story line not very engaging. The flow of the show didn't feel right and I was left feeling disappointed.
I'm glad I didn't pay top ticket prices. And it's not a show I would return to watch again

Written 7 March 2020
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Xisca S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I am a fan of music I have been in many of then since I live in London 5 years ago and I have to say The Lion King the musical it has been the worse musical I have been so far. I am hardly disappointed. The songs were good to buy the actor's voice was not powerful enough the dancers were not synchronise and I can spot lot of mistakes it was like a school show. I did not leave after the first half for respect and because I was hoping it will get better but it just gets worse. It was a waste of time and money I will not recommend it at all Book of Mormons or the Phantom of the Opera at 500 times better! I was shock honestly shock the movie is much better!
Written 10 January 2020
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Laura M
Strangford, UK8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I’m a diehard Disney fan and I love the theatre, but I left feeling a little disappointed after this show. Don’t get me wrong the production is beautiful and I take my hat off to creating such a colourful uplifting show. I guess my critique is with some of the principle actors not being as polished as I had expected from a West End show at £120 per ticket. They missed their music cues and on one particular number they were off key, it made me cringe.
That being said the girl who played Rafiki was astounding! That voice! Wow!
Scar was excellent too, and his hyenas just brought me back to my youth! Pumba and Timone huge thumbs up too.
I’d say if you can get lower priced tickets this is worth a look but if they’re premium priced I’d save my money and go to see Wicked.
Written 22 February 2020
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Kate 7
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
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 5 July 2022
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Adam Green
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • 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 11 August 2021
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Abi H
Berkshire, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
This was a bucketlist item for me. I've wanted to go for as long as I remember and finally got a ticket! So excited I made my way to the theatre. Itsays doors open 90 mins before the show. Great, got in but the doorsto the toilets don't open until 60 mins before the show, cue a queue for half an hour and then another long queue for the toilets.
Bar very disorganised, long bar but two people serving and no obvious place to queue so there's a table of 20+ people all trying to get the bartender's attention. Chaos.
Theatre itself is beautiful and seats very comfortable. I sat in the stalls, K13, as knew the stalls were where to be to see the animals all coming down. I wish I'd say in the balcony though as would've been a much better view of not just the animals through the stalls but the stage too.
Multiple audience members taking flash photographs throughout the performance with no scolding from the ushers. The couple in the box where Zazu appears were literally filming it when everyone's eyes were on them! Shameless! They also were filming throughout the performance with their flash on,if you're going to do it at least be subtle! But even though ALL of us in the stalls saw this (very distracting having a bright light in the corner of your vision especially when that usually means there's an 'animal' singing in the box so of course you look) no ushers or staff did anything.
The family behind me talked loudly throughout and ignored death stares. The couple in front of me were talking throughout too, not whispering, talking. It wasn't just them, I've never been in an audience so rude to have a constant ripple of conversation while a performance is happening.

I'm sorry to say but there were only a few actors who were amazing. The cast in general let the show down. No enthusiasm. The acting was awful. The songs were damp. Give actors a chance sure but not when you're charging £130 a ticket and not on such a renowned show, they need to start smaller and work their way up to being in a production such as this.
The show was late starting and late finishing. It says 2.5 hours but I managed to get out of the door at 22:20.

I would not recommend seeing this, especially if you've been waiting to see it then wait a bit longer until they have a better cast and sort their ushers out to actually look after the audience.
Written 16 October 2022
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Ian S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
3rd visit to see this in 20 years and still as good, if not better. Stunning visuals and costumes and brilliant performances by all the show. The musical director was fabulous, controlling a wonderful pit from her position at the front.
The only downside is the cost of tickets - this is show is all about the kids and we spend nearly £900 for ten of us includng 4 children and there are no concessions prices!
Queueing to get in was around the block but moved swiftly but I would advice you to get there at least 30 mins before.
Written 26 September 2021
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helensmithLeeds
Scarborough District, UK219 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • 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 27 February 2022
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Emmacrippstravel
West Sussex, UK196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
After 18 months of no live music/shows coming back and seeing this was extra special and even a little emotional!
It’s so well done, no matter what your age you can’t not be impressed.
We booked an aisle seat in the stalls as I knew the animals walk through at various times. Absolutely brilliant from beginning to end and a standing ovation from the whole audience which was absolutely deserved!
On a side note the queue to get in was very long but moved quickly, the staff checked covid passports etc before entering. I’m not sure the allocated time slots are necessary as I actually think it made more people turn up at once but I appreciate the thought behind it!
Written 3 September 2021
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