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Lyceum Theatre

Wellington Street WC2E 7DA

The Lion King

Lyceum Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Lyceum Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008

Show Details

Preview 24th Sept 99
Opens 19th Oct 99
Booking to 14th Jul 21

Show Times

Tues - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Weds & Sat 2.30 pm
Matinée Sun
2.30 pm
Length of show - 2hrs 30mins

Local Info

Top Class restaurants nearby;

Loch Fyne (Fish & Seafood)
2 - 4 Catherine Street
020 7240 4999
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Indigo Restaurant (European)
One Aldwych
020 7300 0400
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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




The stage craft is legendary.  It's very Africa. African players are living – being, THE Lion King, this is a show that you can thrill to. As you take it on, you are fed with the energy of the players, the singers, the dancers. Just as they are fed by the love and appreciation of the audience.

The Lion King builds the characters under the masks so that the stage is peopled with players of fine rapport.

And has it a Story to tell? YES:-


It happens the world over – in everybody's lives the story of going all out for excellence and truths and living in the moment. Jesus Christ's own story beholds the adoration and glory of miracles. The Palm leaves of the people, followed by torture.  We have all beheld leaders, stars, characters, and great statesman take a leading role. We have all heard truth tellers revealing their own experience. It has become almost statutory that the many great men and leaders are torn down in some way or another. Character assassinations abound. Even murders may ensue the result of Ill  will exuding everywhere.

Kings & Queens and Leaders.

"By their fruit ye shall know them" Luckily, many of us are blessed with the ability to see through this cloud of suspicion and doubt. A king or queen must be blessed thus. It is essential for their preservation.

Yet the achievements of the great are all routinely slandered and put down.

Shakespeare didn't write the sonnets nor many of the plays; Francis Bacon was responsible for the King James Bible; Lewis Carroll was a paedophile; there is no evidence that Christ ever existed. 'Omygod he's a climate denier' there are 1 million different little ways that Ill will may be carried on the morphic resonance with which we are all aligned.

A young king, doing things for the first time and living by instinct, is claiming his crown - his heritage that was stolen from him by a crooked relative.

This murky cloud of suspicion and doubt can be pushed to one side and it's obvious to see that all pettiness doesn't matter at all any more. The young king was undoubtedly THE King by his actions as well as by his bloodlines.

This play is seen by many – multiple times. Every time the different feeling. The allegory haunts us all we know that it will take a lot more of something. – To shoulder more work and greater things to do. We all have it in us the yarning to take on more and greater things.

Astute followers are a Great Force for they are the beating heart of the entire momentum of what ever is happening.


Booking IconSee and feel the intense beauty of the masks, of the dance, of the drumming, of the songs and singing, and of the colours.  Bring your children, your mother and uncle. Bring your Dad.


  • Nicholas Afoa - Simba
  • Shaun Escoffery - Mufasa
  • George Asprey - Scar
  • Jonathan Andre
  • Etian Almeida
  • Zinhle Dube
  • Janique Charles
  • Kwesi Jeffers
  • Sandile Gontsana
  • Sadia McEwen
  • Stephanie Lo
  • Daniel Monteiro
  • Khaya Maseko
  • Dominique Planter
  • Antoine Murray-Straughan
  • Nosipho Nkonqa
  • Ricardo Walker
  • Kayode Salina

  • Director - Julie Taymor
  • Design -Richard Hudson
  • Lighting - Donald Holder
  • Choreography - Garth Fagan
  • Costume - Julie Taymor
  • Book - Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
  • Songs - Elton John & Tim Rice
  • Additional Songs - Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina & Hans Zimmer
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