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The Lion King announces UK and Ireland tour casting

The stars of the touring production of Disney's The Lion King have been announced

The Lion King
© Catherine Ashmore

Casting has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of Disney's The Lion King.

The show will open in Bristol in September 2019 before heading to Edinburgh, with further cities to be announced in due course.

New cast members include Dashaun Young, Josslynn Hlenti and Thandazile Soni, in the roles of Simba, Nala and Rafiki respectively. The company will also include Steve Beirnaert (Timon), Matthew Forbes (Zazu), Jean-Luc Guizonne (Mufasa), Richard Hurst (Scar), Alan McHale (Ed), Rebecca Omogbehin (Shenzi), Carl Sanderson (Pumba) and Simon Trinder (Banzai).

Also joining the show will be 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 new cast come from countries which include 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.

The tour marks the 20th anniversary of The Lion King's run at the Lyceum Theatre in London. The show is directed by Julie Taymor, with set design by Richard Hudson and lighting by Donald Holder costume by Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The book was adapted by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi, while Taymor and Michael Curry created the masks and puppets.

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