Lyceum Theatre Box Office
Address: Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ
Tube lines: Piccadilly
Nearest tube: Covent Garden
Directions from Covent Garden:
(5mins) Go right on Long Acre; turn right into Bow Street/Wellington Street and follow the road 200 metres. The theatre is on your right.
Nearest rail: Charing Cross
Bus routes: (Strand) 4, 9, 15, 26, 76, 91, 139, 176, 341; (Aldwych) RV1, X68, 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243
Night buses: (Strand) 139, 176, 341, N9, N15, N21, N44, N76, N9; (Aldwych) 6, 23, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N155, N171, N551
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (10mins)
In congestion zone?: Yes
Please note: The location shown on the map is an approximate location of the theatre. In the majority of cases the theatre will be marked on the map so please make sure you locate the exact location yourself. If the theatre is not shown on the map please make sure you locate the correct road name and take account of the directions.
What's On at the Lyceum Theatre
Lyceum Theatre Information
If you are driving, there are NCP car parks at the following addresses:
Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5NT
Shaftesbury, London, WC1A 1JP
Brewer Street, London, W1F 0LA
You can see these, and other NCP car parks on their website http://www.ncp.co.uk/
However, you can participate in the Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme and get 50% off your parking costs by validating your parking ticket in the foyer at the theatre.
For more information on Q-Parks Theatreland Parking Scheme either call +44 (0)870 442 0104 or visit Q-Parks website http://www.q-park.co.uk/theatreland
The closest participating car park for the Lyceum Theatre is at 20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR.
The rates for this car park are £6.50 per hour, up to 4 hours, and after that it is £38 for up to 24 hours.
Don't forget to pay the £11.50 (£1 less if you register, but that costs you £10 for a car) daily congestion charge for central London which applies from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays, if you are driving into London.
Alternatively, plan your journey using Transport for London journey planner https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/
Wheelchair access is available in the stalls, and there are 8 spaces in this area. Please book well in advance to ensure availability. Access into the theatre for wheelchairs is via the double exit door at the front of the theatre, to the left side of the main doors. This also provides access for the accessible toilets and the Stalls Bar. The doorman will open these doors, please notify upon arrival.
There are steps up to the main entrance, and steps down to the stalls from the main foyer, with steps up to the Royal Circle and Grand Circle. There are, however, lifts to all levels – these are to be found via the Exeter Street entrance.
There are not any low counters available for the bars or kiosks, but staff are able to take orders and bring items to seats if required. The Disney counters are fully accessible.
Disabled patrons need to contact the theatre direct to make bookings and purchase tickets. Their telephone number is 0844 871 3006.
Sign-interpreted performances of The Lion King are scheduled regularly. For more information on these performances please visit the Theatre Sign website at http://www.theatresign.com/
Captioned performances of The Lion King are scheduled regularly. For more information on these performances please visit the Stage Text website at http://www.stagetext.org/
Audio described performances of The Lion King are scheduled regularly. For more information on these performances please visit the Vocal Eyes website at http://www.vocaleyes.co.uk/
Guide dogs are welcomed in the theatre and can either accompany their owners in the auditorium or be cared for by theatre staff during the performance. However, if you wish to bring a guide dog, please let the theatre know when you book.
Large print and Braille programmes are also available, you will need to contact the Manager in advance if you wish to request either. Additionally, it is possible to read the script in Braille by making an appointment with the theatre. With regard to either of these options, call on 020 7420 8100 to arrange.
In The Area
Cash/ATM – the closest Nat West cash machine is at 34 Henrietta Street, which is approx. a 4 minutes' walk; the nearest Barclays cash machine is at 366 Strand, which is a walk of approx. 1 minute; there is an HSBC branch at 16 King Street, which is a walk of approx. 6 minutes.
Eating – Bill's Restaurant offers contemporary European fare all day, and is located at 21 Wellington Street; Joe Allen Restaurant at 13 Exeter Street offers pre and post theatre dinner; Brioche focuses on their Brioche Buns and their delectable fillings, located next to Joe Allen at 15 Exeter Street; Garfunkels is just around the corner at 420 Strand. There are a wide choice of other restaurants on Strand. We visited Joe Allen Restaurant for post-theatre dinner some years ago, after seeing Woman in Black – it was a great location, great atmosphere and food too!
Drinking – choose cocktails at Be At One located at 23 Wellington Street; Cellar Door, Aldwych is a basement bar with nightly events from burlesque to film; on the corner of Aldwych/Strand is The Wellington traditional public house, which also serves food.
About The Theatre
As one of London's largest theatres, the theatre has seating for 2,100 people, across 3 levels. The present building was constructed in 1834, but there has been a Lyceum Theatre in Covent Garden since 1765. The auditorium was built with a unique feature, a balcony which was overhanging the dress circle.
The building has been host to other forms of entertainment in the past, including a circus between 1794 & 1809 and the 1st Madame Tussaud's waxworks. Between 1816 & 1830 it was The English Opera House. The building that is now in situ was designed by Samuel Beazley after a fire and it was finished and opened in 1834. The theatre was more or less rebuilt in 1904, condemned to be demolished in 1939, saved and converted to a Mecca ballroom in 1951, closed in 1986, restored to be used as a theatre in 1996 and since 1999 has been the home of The Lion King – one of the most successful musicals, which has been seen by over 8 million people. In 2009 the musical celebrated its tenth birthday, with a special production where 250 former cast members joined onstage.
In 1968 the Lyceum, as well as the Vaudeville, Garrick, Adelphi and Duchess theatres were all under threat from a proposal by the GLC to redevelop the Covent Garden area. Organisations such as Equity, the Musicians Union & theatre owners undertook a campaign called “Save the London Theatres” to stop the redevelopment. This campaign successfully stopped the scheme progressing and in 1973 the Lyceum became a Grade II* listed building.
Many musical artists have also performed at the Lyceum. During the 1960s and 1970s it was a pop concert venue and hosted great musical names such as The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, The Who, WLP, U2, and more. In 1980 Genesis filed a performance which was for broadcast on the Old Grey Whistle Test. This footage also appears on the later released DVD of their Duke album.