Last Updated on 6th June 2022
Disney’s The Lion King UK Tour is back on the road in 2022 as the worldwide musical phenomena celebrates 23 years in the West End.
THE LION KING UK TOUR
The Lion King UK Tour has now been rescheduled post-pandemic and Disney’s epic stage musical is once again on safari to a theatre near you.
THE LION KING UK TOUR LATEST UPDATES
Manchester Palace Theatre season extended – By popular demand a seven-week extension had been added to the season which now makes the Manchester season 27 October 2022 – 19 February 2023. Extension tickets are on sale 17 June at 10am.
The stunning simplicity of The Lion King musical is the work of a team of designers which drew on diverse cultural influences to recreate the rich colours and vast expanses of the African savanna in this daring and inspiring reinvention of one of the most successful animated films of all time.
Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 global productions have now been seen by more than 95 million people.
The show’s full creative team, which won five Tony Awards® for its work on The Lion King, reunited in 1999 to recreate the show in London. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created hundreds of masks and puppets. Scenic design is by leading British designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Donald Holder. Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The book was adapted by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated feature, and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay.
As well as writing completely new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an evocative blend of African rhythms and chorales, with additional material by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina. Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the five that they wrote for the award-winning score of the animated film.
WHO IS IN THE CAST OF THE LION KING UK TOUR?
The Lion King UK touring company includes Stephenson Ardern-Sodje as Simba and Nokwanda Khuzwayo as Nala, who previously played in the Germany and Brazil production. Ireland’s Alan Mchale returns in a new role as Timon with Cardiff born newcomer Owain Rhys Davies taking the role of Ed. They 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.
The Lion King 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.
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The Lion King UK Tour Dates
Continuing at London’s Lyceum Theatre
Booking until 12 Feb 2023
2 June – 2 July 2022
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
8 July – 27 August 2022
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
8 September – 15 October 2022
Palace Theatre Manchester
From 27 October 2022