Disney’s The Lion King is currently showing at the Lyceum Theatre in London
The Lyceum Theatre is one of the largest theatres in London’s West End, with a seating capacity of 2,100. For the last 15 years Disney’s The Lion King has been performed at the Lyceum Theatre.
It is situated just off the Strand, on the edge of London’s Covent Garden with numerous restaurants and bars in the surrounding streets. Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line is the nearest tube station. The Embankment and Charing Cross are both within a short five minute walk away.
There have been theatres on the Lyceum site in Wellington Street since 1765. The original building had a great number of uses and between 1794 and 1809, having been a circus, a chapel and a concert hall. It was even the first British venue to host the waxworks of Madame Tussauds.
The current building was opened in 1834, and has played host to a number of theatrical and cultural legends. In the mid-nineteenth century Charles Dickens was present as consultant on the first stage adaptation of A Tale Of Two Cities (1860). WS Gilbert, who went on to have enormous success with Arthur Seymour Sullivan, produced his first professional play Uncle Baby (1863) at the Lyceum.
Bram Stoker was business manager of the theatre from 1878 to 1898 and took his inspiration for Dracula from the theatre’s general manager at the time, Sir Henry Irving.
In 1951, the theatre became the Lyceum Ballroom, playing host to a number of big bands. It was a venue for various rock and pop acts in the following few decades, including the Grateful Dead, Gary Numan, Gary Glitter and Slade.
The Lyceum Ballroom closed its doors in 1985 for a major refurbishment. Reopening in 1996 as the Lyceum Theatre, it hosted a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar and, in 1999, Oklahoma! Since then it has been home to The Lion King.
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