The Lion King

Opened: 19th October 1999

Booking period: 29th April 2018

Show Times: Monday-Saturday 19:30, Wednesday & Saturday 14:30

Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Venue: Lyceum Theatre


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The Show

The Lion King is a musical by Hans Zimmer, Tim Rice, Elton John and Lebo M. and is based on the 1994 Disney film by the same name. The show made its debut in 1997 in Minneapolis and then on Broadway later that year.  It remains Broadway’s third longest running show (the second being Chicago and first being the Phantom of the Opera). The musical opened in the West End’s Lyceum Theatre in 1999.

The story follows that of Simba who begins as a young lion cub who is prince of the Pride Lands with a jealous uncle, Scar, who is willing to do anything to be King.  After suffering the lose of his father, Simba flees into jungle where he grows up before returning to the Pride Lands to overthrow his uncle and reclaim his kingdom.


The Cast

Leading and Supporting

Nick Afoa as Simba

George Asprey as Scar

Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa

Janique Charles as Nala

Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki

Gary Jordan as Zazu

Richard Frame as Timon

Keith Bookman as Pumbaa

Nadine Higgin as Shenzi

David Blake as Banzai

Mark McGee as Ed

Young Simba will be played by Theo Grant, Samuelle John-Brown, Hugo Max Woohouse, and Kenyah Sandy

Young Nala will be played by Athea Andi, Lahaina Asumang, Ta’niyah Fearon-Telfer and Nia-May Taylor


Lila Anderson, Jonathan André, Gabriel Brasilio, Yolanda Burke, Deborah Dada, Azola Dlamini, Sandile Gontsana, Makoto Iso, Mthokozisi Emkay Khanyile, Stephanie Brian James Leys, Stephanie Tsz Maan Lo, Nathan Louis-Fernand, Sadia McEwen, Phumlani Mkhize, Daniel Monteiro, Rutendo Mushonga, Crystal Nicholls, Kayode Salina, Antoine Murray Straughan, Luciano Santos Souza, Poseletso Sejosingoe, and Ricardo Walker-Harris


Etian A Alemeida, Owen Chaponda, Deborah Godchaser, Tramaine Lamy, Francisco Lins, Nonhlanhla Makhathini, Mduduzi Mkhethi, Nosipho Nkonqa, Darcel Osei, Kelly Panay, Dominique Planter, Nic Vani, and Connor Williams

Standbys: Jamie Golding (Timon, Zazu and Pumbaa) and Andy Mace (Scar and Pumbaa)


The Lion King is currently showing at the Lyceum Theatre and is booking until 29th April 2018.  The Lyceum Theatre was originally opened as an exhibition venue in 1765 but was quickly leased for entertainment purposes.  It was home to circus acts, Madame Tussauds exhibitions, operas, melodramas, plays and musicals.

The Lyceum Theatre is owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group and therefore the best place to buy tickets is through their website.  For more information about your visit to the Lyceum Theatre, read our guide.