The Lion King (West End)
Open run 2h 30m
The Lion King (West End)
89

The Lion King (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

89%
(293 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
5%
Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Enchanting, Great staging, Clever, Delightful

About the Show

Disney's 1994 animated film is brought to life in an award-winning theatrical experience.

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Member Reviews (293)

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104 Reviews | 11 Followers
75
Overrated, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you have nostalgia for the film and want to see a big budget stage version, featuring some incredibly innovative choreography and costumes.

Don't see it if you want a consistent show. Circle of Life is enchanting, but it’s the first song and the show struggles to reach those heights again.

77 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Fabulous storytelling!, Fantastic music!, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to see undeniably impressive theatre Engaging vibrant, demonstrates the rich animal culture of Africa. Amazing ensemble!

Don't see it if No reason not to see it.

74 Reviews | 6 Followers
50
Relevant, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you love musicals

Don't see it if you expect a spectacal

65 Reviews | 6 Followers
100
Masterful, Must see, Great singing, Clever

See it if You love theatricality, invention and big bold statements

Don't see it if You expect the animation live on stage. Read more

55 Reviews | 5 Followers
75
Fluffy, Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You love the DIsney film and being swept up in the music

Don't see it if You don't like noisy children in the audiance

53 Reviews | 2 Followers
80
Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like spectacle

Don't see it if you've seen enough LionKing

47 Reviews | 2 Followers
55
Lacking, Great staging, Dated

See it if You want to see some puppetry.

Don't see it if A more thought provoking, interesting and exciting show. Read more

46 Reviews | 1 Follower
85
Exquisite, Enchanting, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You love the music from the film

Don't see it if You don’t like seeing the puppeteer

Critic Reviews (5)

The Guardian (UK)
January 4th, 2011

“The kaleidoscopic visual brilliance of Julie Taymor's production...lies the ultimate source of the show's success...The show was, and is, a shrewd synthesis of global avant garde techniques; and, even if nothing matched the opening parade of antelopes, elephants and zebras down the Lyceum aisle, it provided a feast for the eyes...I don't believe it's the archetypal narrative structure that is the secret of the show's success. In the end, the eyes have it.”
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Shy Strange Manic
June 30th, 2022

If there is one thing Disney knows what to do it is put on a big show. This journey into theatre spectacles started with the Disney classic, The Lion King which has existed in theatres worldwide since 1997 and has held strong in the West End since 1999.
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The London Evening Standard
October 20th, 1999

“A beautiful dazzle of invention and imagination...The Disney cartoon's air of sweet whimsy is quite banished. With intricate mobile masks, puppets, exotic costumes and even stilts, these jungle creatures capture a fresh dynamic theatricality...John's very soft-rock music and songs generally serve as no more than a pleasing and heartfelt background. For this is a show where the eyes, not the ears, do the feasting...It lights up the West End with the blaze of Taymor's fabulous imagination.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
October 17th, 2014

“15 years on, it still works brilliantly...It’s easy to overlook what a radical piece of theatre ‘The Lion King’ is, and always was....Taymor has created a world that is fiercely non-literal, often to moving and wondrous effect...There’s a tough-mindedness about her method of story-telling...But it works superbly. The performances in the London production are outstanding."
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Time Out London
March 15th, 2018

“’The Lion King's’ absolute theatricality is astonishing. Techniques from all over the world are smashed together in an explosion of spectacle. It's perfect for a musical, allowing both distinct flavours and an eclectic carnival spirit. Things deflate when it sacrifices this defiant originality for subservient approximation of the film...Its plot is thin...and the score remains disjointed...Nonetheless Taymor's theatrical fireworks...are more than draw enough...A show that demands to be seen.”
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