A fascinating history
Since 1765 there has been a Lyceum theatre in London’s Covent Garden. It’s current incarnation dates back to 1904, although it was almost closed in 1939 with the final hurrah of Sir John Gielgud in a production of Hamlet. It reopened after the war as a ballroom and played host to massive names from the world of music such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Queen. Prince played his first UK gig there.
It’s a truly historical theatre with a varied and fascinating past. Bram Stoker, the author, of Dracula, was once its business manager and it hosted the first ever exhibition of Madame Tussaud’s waxworks at the start of the 19th century.
Sit back and enjoy The Lion King
The Lyceum has been the home of the Lion King since 1999. This stunning production, based on the Disney film of the same name, pulls in visitors from around the world who want to enjoy the antics of Simba and co and sing along with The Circle of Life.
A special Behind the Scenes tour can provide an insight into how the production is created.
Like many London theatres, there are various tiers to the seating. If you’re planning on seeing a show then you have a choice of getting close to the action or sitting high up in the Grand Circle. All around you’ll see beautiful and richly ornamented interiors. However, extensive refurbishment means it is very much a venue for the 21st century.