21 Wellington Street
The Lyceum Theatre on Wellington Street has existed in the Covent Garden area since 1765 with the same name, and moved to the present site in 1834, making it one of the oldest in London. The theatre was once used as a circus and also became well known in 1844 for housing popular adaptations of Charles Dickens’s novels and Christmas books. Recent musical theatre shows that have been performed at The Lyceum include Jesus Christ Superstar from 1996 until 1998, and Oklahoma! from February until June 1999.
The Lyceum is a striking and imposing building with a grand portico that was designed by Samuel Beazley in 1834. It is one of London’s largest theatres.
Since 1999, The Lyceum Theatre has been home to the extremely successful musical of The Lion King. It is a tale loved by millions throughout the world and is definitely not to be missed. The Lion King is currently taking bookings through 2013.
The Lyceum Theatre is located one street off the famous Strand on Wellington Street, with nearest tube stations being Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line and Charing Cross on both the Bakerloo and Northern Lines. Charing Cross is also a main line railway station. The theatre is a short 5 minute walk from both stations.
Covent Garden is known as the heart of Theatreland, and you will be spoilt for choice with the numerous cafes and restaurants in the area. With a vibrant and busy atmosphere, there are also plenty of hotels near the Lyceum such as the 3-star Strand Palace Hotel, a five minute walk away. The hotel was originally an Art Deco showpiece and features an English carvery buffet.
As one of the largest of London’s West End theatres, The Lyceum has a capacity for 2,100 people on three different levels. The levels are the Orchestra Stalls, the Royal Circle and the Grand Circle. Stall seats are probably the best seats for this venue as characters and animals from the show often walk down the aisles and you may feel more involved in the show this way. Although it is best to choose seats a little further back as at times some of the actors crouch down low and this can be missed if you are right at the front. That said, the nearer you are to the show, the more a part of it you feel, and the atmosphere is great. The Dress and Grand Circles present great views but you may feel slightly far from the action of the stage in these seating sections.
See the seating plan for further guidance on which seats to purchase.
Top Tips for Visiting the Lyceum Theatre
Thanks to Amanda for the Lyceum top tip! If you have a better tip, be sure to comment in the box below.
- The seating in the stalls is raked in a way that makes it difficult to see if the people in front of you do not sit up straight in their seats, so be kind to others and don’t cuddle or lean! – Amanda, London
- The venue does not supply booster cushions, so be sure to bring your own for smaller children. – Bridget, Dublin