West End musical stage is under water

West End musical stage is under water


norman lebrecht

May 14, 2020

The Lyceum, where The Lion King plays, has been flooded.

The orchestra pit is under 12 foot of water.




  • V.Lind says:

    Why is it flooded? Did some pipe break? I can’t imagine the Lyceum has been singled out by one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

    Others may know, but I do not Twit, so have no information.

  • Rustier spoon says:

    I trust the pit was (most likely by now) empty and nothing of any worth destroyed…

  • Edgar Self says:

    V. Lind — Ingrained from journalism school: who, what, when, where, why. Cause of flooding still unreported, unknown, under investigation. Theatre on Jermyn St. opposite Waterloo Bridge, 2100 seats, 250 years old, damaged a month ago by flooding from burst pipe in adjacent building. Orchestra rehearsing “Noah’s Fludde” and “Le Deluge”, as “Engulfed Cathedral” too tall and judged insufficiently dramatic. Four metres is a lot of water. even for London. “Lion King” in the streets. Water level abating.

  • Edgar Self says:

    t recalls Robert Benchley’s reporter days on a New York daily, who sent him to Venice to check reports of floods. His editors waited impatiently for several days.At last came a wire from Benchley: “Arrived Venice. Streets full of water. Advise.”