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

The Lion King (London) London Reviews and Tickets

89%
(109 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
3%
Negative
0%
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Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting, Must see

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (109)

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40 Reviews | 1 Follower
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.

34 Reviews | 2 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

29 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Magical, Entertaining, Great singing, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if The Lion King is my favorite show! It’s incredibly entertaining with wonderful music, and amazing costumes! It’s great for people all ages!

Don't see it if There’s no reason why you shouldn’t see it.

30 Reviews | 6 Followers
85
Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you liked the movie. Same great songs plus a few additional ones. Great costumes and puppetry.

Don't see it if the film was not your thing. Or visible puppeteers distract you from the show.

27 Reviews | 1 Follower
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

22 Reviews | 1 Follower
70
Great singing, Overrated, Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You want to introduce your children to theatre and musicals.

Don't see it if You expect something more serious than the Disney movie - it's tiringly very much aimed at children.

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
84
Delightful, Great singing, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if You are a Disney or a Lion King fan

Don't see it if You don’t like Disney. So you will see it because everyone loves Disney! Read more

21 Reviews | 0 Followers
85
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great singing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love the film and want to see it brought to life in the theatre. It's a 'wow' show for all the staging, costumes and choreography.

Don't see it if you don't like visible puppeteers on the stage.

Critic Reviews (4)

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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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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