Lyceum Theatre

Lyceum Theatre, Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ


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A theatre bearing this name has existed in the area since 1765, and the current Lyceum Theatre was originally designed by Samuel Beazley. It opened in 1834, and was made unique by a balcony that overhung the circle. While the original grand portico and façade remain today, the theatre itself was redesigned significantly by Bertie Crewe in 1904.

The Lyceum Theatre was made famous by being the first London theatre to be lighted by gas and for presenting the premiere of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti opera in London. It became a bastion of English opera in 1834, and then was associated with Charles Dickens’ adaptations in the 1840s. This West End theatre was used as a Mecca Ballroom for many years, during which time it hosted numerous famous artists. It was closed from 1986 until 1996, when Holohan Architects restored the building and converted it back into a theatre.

Notable productions include Jesus Christ Superstar, Oklahoma! and The Lion King. The Lyceum Theatre seats 2,000, and is at 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ. The closest Underground and rail stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross respectively, and the theatre is on the 6, 11, 13 and 15 bus routes.


Now Showing: Lion King

In Lion King, the birth of a lion prince who is heir to the throne begins a saga of ambition and betrayal when his uncle, Scar, plots to become King. Scar enlists the aid of the hyenas to murder King Mufasa, and...

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