The Lion King is heading out on a new UK tour from 2019 – here’s all we know so far.
The 2019/2020 UK tour of Disney’s The Lion King will celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary since premiering in London.
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.
Disney has announced the first set of dates, with the 2019 UK tour starting in Bristol on September 7. It’ll play at the Hippodrome through to November 23 before moving to Edinburgh from December 5 through to February 9 in 2020.
Lion King 2019 UK tour tickets
September 7th, 2019 - November 23rd, 2019
December 5th, 2019 - March 29th, 2020
April 30th, 2020 - June 20th, 2020
July 9th, 2020 - August 29th, 2020
September 3rd, 2020 - October 10th, 2020
Further dates will be announced soon.
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.
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.