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Lyceum Theatre, London

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The Lyceum Theatre is a 2,100-seat West End theatre located in the City of Westminster, on Wellington Street, just off the Strand. The origins of the theatre date to 1765. Managed by Samuel Arnold, from 1794 to 1809 the building hosted a variety of entertainments including a circus produced by Philip Astley, a chapel, and the first London exhibition of waxworks displayed by Madame Tussaud. From 1816 to 1830, it served as The English Opera House. After a fire, the house was rebuilt and reopened on 14 July 1834 to a design by Samuel Beazley. The building was unique in that it has a balcony overhanging the dress circle. It was built by the partnership of Peto & Grissell. The theatre then played opera, adaptations of Charles Dickens novels and James Planché's "fairy extravaganzas", among other works.From 1871 to 1902, Henry Irving appeared at the theatre in, especially, Shakespeare, usually starring opposite Ellen Terry. In 1904 the theatre was almost completely rebuilt and richly ornamented in Rococo style by Bertie Crewe, but it retained Beazley's façade and grand portico. It played mostly melodrama over the ensuing decades. The building closed in 1939 and was set to be demolished, but it was saved and converted into a Mecca Ballroom in 1951, styled the Lyceum Ballroom, where many well-known bands played. The Lyceum was closed in 1986 but restored to theatrical use in 1996 by Holohan Architects. Since 1999, the theatre has hosted The Lion King.
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  • What a great play. The costumes are amazing and the actors sing so well. The story on stage is very true to the original story so if you bring children they can easily keep up. I brought my to childre...  more »
  • We were in row Y and the view was very good. Security was efficient and quick...picking up tickets was quick. The show was excellent so if you are thinking of going, dont hesitate.  more »
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  • Beautiful theater closely located the Leicester Square and the Strand. The theater has enough area out front to walk around. The theater seats are comfortable but a little small...but I'm a pretty tall guy, so maybe it's just me. If the Lion King is still there, it is a phenomenal play.
  • Went here to watch the Lion King which was an amazing theatrical experience. The cast, sounds, choreography and all were top notch. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The theater itself is old fashioned but beautiful and gives a good view of stage even from a front corner. Staff is friendly and helpful. There is a souvenir shop. There are also two places to buy drinks and snacks but a little bit on the expensive side.
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