Cast Complete for West End Return of Disney’s The Lion King
Disney’s West End production The Lion King, which returns to the Lyceum Theater on July 29, will welcome 14 new actors when it reopens this summer.
Newcomers to the company are Kayi Ushe (The Book of Mormon, Motown the Musical) like Simba and Phil Adèle (Our city, the invisible man), who will make his West End debut as Ed, along with ensemble members Gesztenye Botos, Reece Darlington-Delaire, Shak Gabbidon-Williams, Ryesha Higgs, Candice Holdford, Angela Marie-Hurst, Duane Lamonte , Jane Carla Leynes, Deja Linton, Jonathan Lutwyche, Kearabetswe Mogotsi and Taela Yeomans-Brown.
Gabbidon-Williams and Darlington-Delaire previously played Young Simba, and Marie-Hurst and Linton both previously played Young Nala, all now joining the show as members of the ensemble.
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These actors will join George Asprey as Scar, David Blake as Banzai, Janique Charles as Nala, Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Gary Jordan as Zazu, Jamie McGregor as Timon, Melone M’Kenzy as Shenzi and Mark Roper as Pumbaa.
Reopening plans The Lion King have been developed in accordance with the latest UK government guidelines, may be subject to change, and are made with the assumption that the social distancing guidelines will be withdrawn to allow hearings at full capacity.
The Lion King began his stage life in October 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway, before moving to Minskoff in June 2006. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, The Lion King won six Tony Awards 1998, including Best Musical. Show director, costume designer and mask co-creator Julie Taymor was the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical; she continues to oversee the show’s new productions around the world.
The internationally successful musical has also won over 70 major artistic awards, including the 1998 NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, the 1999 Grammy for Best Musical Performance Album, the 1999 Evening Standard Award for theatrical event of the year and the 1999 Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Choreography and Best Costume Design.
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The Broadway Score features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice from The Lion King animated film with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and the music of Rhythm of the land of pride, an album inspired by the original music of the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.
The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film.
For more information on tickets, visit TheLionKing.co.uk.
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