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Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre

Covent Garden Photo, London, England

We went to see the Lion King at the theatre in London quite a number of years ago when it first opened, and well before our son was born. I had always wanted to go back and see this show again, so this trip was the perfect opportunity.

We booked the tickets months ago using an on-line booking website. Like all theatre tickets in the West End, they are very expensive, but we decided to treat ourselves and booked seats as close to the stage in the stalls as we could get. We had a marvellous view in row C. We went to the evening performance - it started at 7:30 and finished after 10:00. This is quite late for our 8 year old, but he was so engrossed in the show, he stayed wide awake.

The Lyceum Theatre is very conveniently located and was a popular venue for rock concerts and television broadcasts in the 1960's and 1970's. It was revamped between 1994 and 1996 and is beautiful and grand inside, with a lovely red and gold auditorium.

Before we went to the theatre, we had dinner at Wahaca in Covent Garden - very highly recommended, and then strolled around Covent Garden itself. The atmosphere here was lovely and our son adored all the wonderful street performers - the Mr Bean impersonator was a particular favourite of his.

Everyone knows the story of the Lion King - with young Simba and his struggles. It has won 6 Tony awards and the songs by Tim Rice and Elton John are spine tingeling. The sets are amazing and really make you feel as if you are in the African Savannah. The choreography was so impressive and we loved it when at different times in the performance, "animals" and actors came down the aisles to the stage.

The show was absolutely wonderful - a must-see, our son is still talking about it and we all loved it.

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