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Lion King UK 2020 and 2021 tour tickets, cast, dates and venues

All about the 2020 Lion King tour in the UK

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The Lion King is touring the UK in 2020 and 2021 - here's all you need to know.

The 2020 UK tour of Disney's The Lion King will celebrate the show's 20th anniversary since premiering in London.

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Based on the all-time classic animated film, The Lion King is set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa. Exploding with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music, it tells the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

Director Julie Taymor made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for ’Best Director of a Musical’ for her work on the production, which features incredible staging and puppets.

The Lion King opened in London in October 1999, two years after the original Broadway production, and has been seen by over 95 million people across the world.

The upcoming tour is the second in the UK after the first outing between 2012 and 2015.

Lion King 2020 and 2021 UK tour tickets

Book tickets Manchester Palace Theatre
March 4th, 2021 - April 25th, 2021

Book tickets Bradford The Alhambra Theatre
March 24th, 2022 - May 28th, 2022

Book tickets Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
July 7th, 2022 - August 27th, 2022

Book tickets Southampton Mayflower Theatre
September 8th, 2020 - October 15th, 2022

Further dates will be announced soon.

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Lion King UK tour cast

The Lion King UK tour cast was announced in 2019.

Dashaun Young will play Simba*, Josslynn Hlenti will take on the role of Nala and Thandazile Soni will play Rafiki. All three have played their respective tours before in past productions across the world. *Nick Afoa will takeover the role of Simba from April 30 in Bradford.

Steve Beirnaert will play Timon, Carl Sanderson will play Pumbaa, Matthew Forbes will play Zazu, Jean-Luc Guizonne will play Mufasa, Alan McHale will play Ed, Rebecca Omogbehin will play Shenzi and Simon Trinder will play Banzai.

Completing the cast are: Lwandolwethu Dennis Bam, Khanyisani Beato, Nigel Brown, Rushand Chambers, Tau-En Chien, Javier Cid, Jorrell Coiffic-Kamall, Tevin Daniel, Tim Driesen, Matthew Elliot-Campbell, Oraine Frater, Brian Gilligan, Daniel Griffith, Alicia Hayward, Zalika Henry, Caleaf Hensen, Olivia Jones, Melvin La Blanc, Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy, Zanele Mazibuko, Daniel De Jesus Mejia Garcia, Zanele Ndlovu, Buhle Nkomo, Brianna Ogunbawo, Paige Peddie, Tara Price, Charlotte Samaroo, Cristiane Santos De Jesus, Mamido Bomboko Souchu, Sherry Tay, Francesca Thompson, Connor Pele Williams, Maria Yim and Bukiwe Zinganto.

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