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Disney’s Lion King reveals UK tour dates and cast

The Walt Disney Company has announced casting and dates for the upcoming UK tour of The Lion King.

Stephenson Ardern-Sodje is set to play the new Simba. He made his West End debut in the original London cast of Hamilton and is currently part of the Globe Theatre 2021 tour.

Joining him will be Nokwanda Khuzwayo in the role of Nala; she previously played the role in Germany and Brazil.

Alan Mchale will be returning to the Lion King company in a new role as Timon with newcomer Owain Rhys Davies taking the role of Ed. They will join returning principals Matthew Forbes as Zazu, Jean-Luc Guizonne as Mufasa, Richard Hurst as Scar, Rebecca Omogbehin as Shenzi, Thandazile Soni as Rafiki, Carl Sanderson as Pumbaa and Simon Trinder as Banzai.

Stephenson Ardern-Sodje to play Simba. His screen credits include Breeders and Superhoe (c) Disney

The tour will re-open in Dublin 23 December before moving on to Bristol (17 Feb – 19 Mar 2022), Bradford (24 March – 28 May 2022), Cardiff (7 Jul – 27 Aug 2022), Southampton (8 Sep – 15 Oct 2022) and Manchester (27 Oct – 24 Dec 2022). Further tour dates to be announced.

The UK & Ireland tour cast also includes: Lwando Bam, Mamido Bomboko Souchu, Khanyisani Beato, Jorell Coiffic-Kamall, Rushand Chambers, Tau-En Chien, Elisa Chou, Tevin Daniel, Tim Driesen, Oraine Frater, Adebunmi Gabriel, Brian Gilligan, Daniel Griffith, Alicia Hayward, Zalika Henry, Caleaf Henson, Olivia Jones, Melvin Le Blanc, Jochebel Maccarthy, Zanele Mazibuko, Fallon Mondlane, Zanele Ndlovu, Buhle Nkomo, Craig Pedro, Joaquin Pedro Valdes, Connor Pelé Williams, Tara Price, Kyle Richardson, Cristiane Santos De Jesus, Lukin Simmonds, Sherry Tay, Francesca Thompson, Maria Yim and Bukiwe Zinganto.

The Lion King is directed by Julie Taymor, with choreography by Garth Fagan. It is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

The London stage production of the Lion King recently resumed performances at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End and is currently booking until 3 April 2022. The Lion King tickets are available to book


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