Statement from the Society of London Theatre (SOLT)

London’s West End looks forward to welcoming audiences back into theatres as soon as performances can safely resume. To give our customers some clarity, we have been cancelling performances across the West End on a rolling basis, in line with the latest advice from the Government. We are now extending those cancellations until Sunday 28 June. This does not mean theatres will reopen on 29 June; if further cancellations are necessary they will continue to be announced on a rolling basis. Different theatres and productions are likely to reopen at different times. Ticketholders for affected performances do not need to do anything. They will be contacted by the organisation from which they bought their tickets to arrange a refund, credit note or exchange for a later date. We are grateful to customers for the patience they are showing during this challenging time for our industry. With 300,000 people visiting a West End theatre in a normal week, it’s a major undertaking to process refunds, exchanges and credit notes, particularly when many staff are working remotely. Please rest assured that we are all working as quickly as we can and we appreciate the on-going support of our audiences.

20th Anniversary Gala Performance –
19 October 2019, 7.30pm

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney’s landmark musical THE LION KING by attending this special red carpet gala performance at the iconic Lyceum Theatre on 19 October 2019 at 7.30pm. In the last 20 years, over 16 million people have enjoyed performances of THE LION KING in London alone – join us to mark this landmark anniversary.

Guests will receive a complimentary welcome drink as well as a souvenir 20th anniversary brochure to remember this very special evening.

This performance is in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music.

Yes, the performance is held in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music.

About the Elton John AIDS Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation, we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF 27 years ago. Over the last quarter century, through hard work and with the help of our network of kind and generous friends and supporters, the foundation has raised more than $450 million globally to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. This work has reached millions of people in Africa, Asia, Europe and across the United States. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS. For more information, please visit

About the Royal Academy of Music

The Royal Academy of Music has been training musicians to the highest professional standards since its foundation in 1822. Every year some of the most talented young musicians from more than 50 countries come to study here, attracted by renowned teachers and a rich culture that broadens musical horizons, develops professional creativity and fosters entrepreneurial spirit. For more information, please visit

This is a formal event so guests are invited to dress smartly.

THE LION KING is recommended for ages 6 and up – children under 3 will not be admitted into the theatre. All persons aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult and may not sit on their own within the auditorium. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Your question may be answered here, or via DisneyTickets.

Your tickets will be posted to you 7-10 working days before the performance. Tickets purchased less than a week before the performance date will be available to collect from the Box Office.

Please note that enhanced security checks including bag checks will be in operation at the venue. We advise you arrive in plenty of time and request you do not bring any large bags.