The Lyceum Theatre is one of London's largest auditoriums, set over three seating tiers. Despite its size the venue feels comfortable and views from all levels of the venue are good. The current show is Disney's 'The Lion King' which has been entertaining audiences since 1999. The set extends out from the stage into the boxes, proving an immersive and exciting experience throughout the venue.
The Stalls section is the closest seating section to the stage. It is divided into three sections by two central aisles, and the right and left section are then divided into a front and rear. This creates multiple opportunities for extra legroom seats, and makes the section feel comfortable and relaxed. The front section offers clear views of the stage, and the overhang of the level above doesn't start until row Q. The seats are gently raked throughout, and booster cushions are available for children to see over the heads of the audience in front. Due to the curve of the rows, the seats at both ends of the first 6 rows are slightly restricted.
The Royal Circle
The Royal Circle is the first level above the stage. It is divided into three seating sections by two central aisles, giving extra legroom and access opportunities throughout. The section is set back above the Stalls and does feel further back from the front. Legroom is slightly less than in the Stalls, so taller audience members may prefer to choose an aisle seat for maximum comfort. The rake in this section is quite steep, allowing clear views over the heads of the audience in front. The rear of the section misses out on some of the opening number in the audience, but does provide an excellent panoramic view. Even seats towards the very back of the Royal Circle provide good overall views of the stage.
The Grand Circle
The Grand Circle is the highest level of the auditorium. It can feel quite high and far back, so those with children may prefer to sit closer to the action. The section is quite heavily raked, so you do feel high above the stage. The final few rows of the section give a very good view of the stage, and have excellent legroom. The safety rails at the side of the stairs can affect the view from those close to the aisle.
Where are the best seats for children at the Adelphi Theatre?
The Lyceum Theatre is rather large, and so younger children prefer to sit closer to the action. The Stalls section provides excellent views of the stage, and is constantly absorbed in all of the action. Children will love seeing the animals in the audience and feeling part of the overall production. Older children may prefer to sit in the Royal Circle for a clear, panoramic view of the full stage.
Where are the Restricted View seats?
No seats in the Lyceum Theatre are marked as 'Restricted View', instead there are 5 different price brackets, as well as Premium seats. Seats in the 5th price bracket are towards the ends of rows, and look across the stage in the Stalls. Seats that are obscured by the overhang of the level above in the rear of the Stalls and Royal Circle and are in the 3rd price bracket.
What if I am hard of sight or hearing?
The theatre is fully equipped with a hearing induction loops, for which headsets are available to hire in the main foyer. The Lion King regularly schedules captioned and signed performances - please look at our Tickets page for more information. Vocal Eyes also regularly hold audio described performances of The Lion King which come complete with information on the production and instructions on how to get to the venue. There are also a number of Braille programmes available on request. Guide Dogs are welcome inside the auditorium, or can be looked after by the theatre management.
How many steps are there in the theatre?
The main entrance to the theatre is accessed by 3 steps up from street level. There are then 7 steps down to the Stalls, 12 up to the Royal Circle and 83 steps up to the Grand Circle. The wheelchair accessible entrance is located on Wellington Street, just left of the main doors. This provides access to the Stalls and access toilets. Please notify someone on arrival if you wish to use this entrance.
Where are the toilets located?
There are male and female toilets located at all levels of the Lyceum Theatre. There are also two access toilets located inside the level access entrance by the Stalls.
Where are the bars located?
The Lyceum Theatre has four licensed bars, one on each level and two in the Royal Circle. There are no low counters at any of the bars, but disabled audience members can order and have drinks brought to them in the auditorium.
Are there wheelchair facilities in the theatre?
The Lyceum Theatre is fitted with eight wheelchair spaces in the Stalls section of the auditorium. There are lifts available to all levels of the theatre, located by the entrance on Exeter Street. The lift to the Royal Circle brings you out at row H, where there is 14 steps down to Row A and 12 steps up to Row P. The lift to the Grand Circle brings you up to Row B. There are then 3 steps up and 3 down to Row A and 33 steps up to Row M.