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The Award Winning show Disney's The Lion King is in its 13th year at the Lyceum Theatre. Based on Disney's animated film by the same title and featuring music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice and musical score by Hans Zimmer, the show has proved to be a hit in town!
"Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this spectacular production explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music to tell the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands."
Performances are on Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 7.30pm and 2.30pm matinee performances on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The Lyceum Theatre is located on Wellington Street, Covent Garden and just off The Strand making it central and near to transport links such as Charing Cross Station. If arriving in a wheelchair, please be aware that Covent Garden piazza is cobbled (although there is a paved walkway around most of the perimeter) and also dropped kerbs are lacking in some side streets. If you are arriving via The Strand, you should have no difficulty. If driving, there are 2 blue badge bays outside the theatre. There are also 3-4 blue badge bays opposite the Opera House. However, due to recent works in the area, these ones do seem to be closed on occasions so I can only advise that you ring Westminster Council before you travel to find out if they are in operation or not. There are also several other bays dotted around the Covent Garden area.
If you don't use a wheelchair or scooter and can manage some steps, the Lyceum's main entrance has 3 steps up to its Lower Foyer. From here, the nearest seating area is the stalls, a further 7 steps down from the Foyer. If you are a wheelchair or scooter user or cannot manage any steps, there is a level, accessible entrance through a double exit door to the left of the main entrance. There is a wheelchair sign by these doors and if you notify someone at the main entrance, someone will come and open these doors for you. I'd advise you to send your companion to ask at the main entrance as crowds tend to queue back past the accessible entrance and it can take a while to negotiate your way back through them.
Although there is lift access to all levels within the theatre, it isn't recommended that those with mobility and access needs book tickets in either of the circles - there are no designated wheelchair spaces in either circle and both require you to use steps once on those levels.
Within the stalls there are 6 wheelchair spaces in Row P and 3 in Row ZA. If you use a scooter or can transfer from your chair then any aisle seat in the stalls can be booked (subject to availability). There are also 2 adapted WCs by the accessible entrance to the stalls. The stalls bar is also accessible but, drinks can also be brought to those with access needs.
There is an Infra-red system in operation at the theatre that uses a mono receiver with neck induction loop. These are used in conjunction with a hearing aid which needs to be set to position T in order to pick up the signal. Assistance dogs are allowed into the auditorium. Alternatively, staff can dog sit throughout the performance.
- The next audio described performance of 'The Lion King' will take place on Saturday 21 July 2012 at 2.30pm, with a touch tour from 1pm in the Side Circle Bar.
- The next sign-interpreted performance of 'The Lion King' will take place on Saturday July 28th 2012 at 2.30pm.
- The next captioned performances of 'The Lion King' will take place on Sunday April 29th 2012 at 2.30pm and Friday September 7th 2012 at 7.30pm.
To book Access tickets or to discuss Access needs at the theatre, you can phone the Box Office directly on 020 7420 8113. The Box Office opening hours are 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm-3pm on Sundays. Concessions are given to those eligible to purchase Access tickets and to 1 companion.