Disney's The Lion King has announced the full cast for the upcoming UK and Ireland tour.
The 2019/2020 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.
The Lion King UK and Ireland tour cast will welcome actors from Belgium, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ireland, France, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Nigeria, Saint Martin, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom and United States of America.
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.
The Lion King UK and Ireland tour will open 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.
Further dates will be announced soon.