©Mark Douet
©Jeon Kang-In

Novel by

Zizou Corder

Adapted by

Marcelo Dos Santos

Directed by

Annabel Arden

Revival director

Clive Mendus, James Yeatman

Assistant director

Rosalind Parker


Jon Bausor, Jean Chan

Music composer & performer

Stephen Hiscock


Tom Gibbons

Revival associate sound

Pete Malkin


Tim Mascall

Revival lighting

Christopher Nairne

Creative associate

Annie Castledine


Clive Mendus, Kasia Zaremba-Byrne

Original cast

Adetomiwa Edun, Femi Elufowoju Jr, Robert Gilbert, Victoria Gould, Lisa Kerr, Clive Mendus, Dan Milne, Stephen Hiscock

Revival cast

Femi Elufowoju Jr, Victoria Gould, Stephen Hiscock, Martins Imhangbe, Lisa Kerr, Angel Lopez-Silva, Eric Mallett, Clive Mendus, Dan Milne

Mixing storytelling, circus and live percussion, Lionboy tells the story of Charlie Ashanti - a boy who can speak to cats. When Charlie's parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions.


A Complicité co-production with Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse, Wales Millennium Centre and Warwick Arts Centre.


Supported by

The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, John Paul Getty Jnr. Charitable Foundation



London, New York, Bury St. Edmunds, Colchester, Hong Kong, Seoul, Cape Town.


Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, Leeds, Warwick, Cardiff, London.