Brief Encounter with ... The Lion King's Jonathan Andrew HumeDate: 21 September 2012
Hume has also played Judas in performances of the 2004 Jesus Christ Superstar tour as well as making television appearances in Hope & Glory, Eastenders and Crimewatch.
He has also performed at the Royal Variety Performance and the Olivier Awards. Here he shares his experience of playing the iconic role, and the effect The Lion King story has had on him...
Why do you think The Lion King has been such a success?
How did it feel to be offered the role of Simba?
“You've done some TV work too - do you prefer the stage?
Yes, most definitely. On the stage, there's no opportunity to stop and start over again like with television or film. It's live, and with an audience of thousands sitting in front of you. It involves a lot of trust and openness with your fellow performers to create live theatre. I love the challenge of reproducing the story every day, but still keeping it fresh for those coming to see it for the first time or the ninth time.
How old were you when The Lion King film came out?
We all have our struggles through life, but it's through those struggles that we realise what lessons we are supposed to learn. By learning from our mistakes, we can advance, develop and succeed in our lives.
You were Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar - how does it feel going from villain to hero?
When discovering roles you try to understand why the character is a certain way. It's strange, but you begin to sympathise with them, even though their actions may not be what you would agree with in reality. But playing the good guy is just as fun. Being able to save the day and get the girl, eight times a week, is a good feeling!
Finally, why should theatregoers see The Lion King? And then see it again?
From the beautiful puppetry and costumes, the vivid make up and lighting, the enormous staging, to the evocative music and choreography - all of it melded together to create this wonderful musical. Who wouldn't want to see it all over again?