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Kayi Ushe

‘Disney’s The Lion King’ announces new West End cast

Disney’s West End production of The Lion King will resume performances in July with 14 new cast members headed by Londoner Kayi Ushe in the iconic role of Simba.

Kayi joins the show having performed in The Book of Mormon, Motown The Musical and Crazy For You, as well as touring extensively as ‘Lola’ in Kinky Boots.

Featuring over 50 actors, singers and dancers, the cast is led by George Asprey as Scar, David Blake as Banzai, Janique Charles as Nala, Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Gary Jordan as Zazu, Jamie McGregor as Timon, Melone M’Kenzy as Shenzi and Mark Roper as Pumbaa. 

New cast include Phil Adèle, who will make his West End debut in the role of ‘Ed’, and ensemble cast members from seven countries around the world: Gesztenye Botos, Reece Darlington-Delaire, Shak Gabbidon-Williams, Ryesha Higgs, Candice Holdford, Angela Marie Hurst, Duane Lamonte, Jane Carla Leynes, Deja Linton, Jonathan Lutwyche, Kearabetswe Mogotsi and Taela Yeomans-Brown.

The award-winning landmark musical is set to return to the Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End on 29th July 2021, where the production has been seen by over 16 million people in the last two decades.

Disney’s multi-award winning musical uses breathtaking masks and puppetry to create pure theatrical magic. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

The Lion King is booking from 29 July 2021 until 3 April 2022 at the Lyceum Theatre, London.


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