Inextricably tied to Covent Garden, the Lyceum’s rich and complex history began in 1772 and incorporates success and failure, disastrous fires and grand re-births. The current building opened in 1907, although its wonderfully grand portico dates back to an earlier incarnation.
The theatre has hosted legendary actors such as Henry Irving, Sarah Bernhardt and John Gielgud, live performances by The Clash, Bob Marley, The Smiths, John Lennon and Joy Division, and a whole host of swimsuit-clad contestants in the Miss World competition. Since 1999, it has provided a Covent Garden home for The Lion King.
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CURRENT PRODUCTION: DISNEY’S THE LION KING
Disney’s The Lion King is the much-loved musical stage adaptation of the hugely successful animated film.
Disney’s award-winning musical is now in its 19th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre, having entertained over 14 million theatregoers and become the West End’s sixth longest-running musical of all time.
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti, the awe-inspiring musical is directed by Julie Taymor, who also designed the Olivier Award-winning costumes that transform the stage and auditorium of the Lyceum Theatre into the African plains. Occupied by lions, giraffes, birds, zebras, hyenas and even a stampede of wildebeest, the show is perhaps most famous for its Circle Of Life opening number, which provides one of the most spectacular sights and atmospheres in the West End.
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