New Forged Introduced for Disney’s The Lion King UK & Eire Tour

The UK & Eire Tour of Disney’s award-winning musical, THE LION KING, will welcome new solid members together with Aphiwe Nyezi as ‘Simba’, Brian Gilligan as ‘Scar’ and Andre Jewson as ‘Zazu’, starting on Tuesday 5 September 2023.

Andrew Jewson as Zazu - International Tour - Photo by Matthew Murphy. ©Disney.
Andrew Jewson as Zazu – Worldwide Tour – Photograph by Matthew Murphy. ©Disney.

The newcomers be part of a gifted worldwide firm who characterize 17 international locations around the globe while the present performs its season in Birmingham, earlier than shifting on to Dublin’s Bord Gáis Power Theatre.

Aphiwe Nyezi was born in Cape City, South Africa and is at present a member of THE LION KING firm in London’s West Finish. Brian Gilligan, from Dublin, Eire, is at present overlaying the position of ‘Scar’ in UK & Eire Tour solid and has featured in quite a few stage productions together with Romeo & Juliet at Mill Theatre Dublin and Jimmy’s Corridor at Abbey Theatre Dublin. Australia’s Andre Jewson has performed ‘Zazu’ throughout the globe within the Worldwide Tour and Australian Tour of THE LION KING.

They’re joined by current principal solid members Thandazile Soni as ‘Rafiki’, Jean-Luc Guizonne as ‘Mufasa’, Janique Charles as ‘Nala’ (till 16 Sep), Nokwanda Khuzwayo as ‘Nala’ (from 28 Sep), Alan McHale as ‘Timon’ and Carl Sanderson as ‘Pumba’.

Additionally becoming a member of the solid are Aleasha Grace, Francessca Daniella-Baker, Phumelele Jili, Joshua Lloyd, Abon Saliljan, Keorapetse Sebokolodi and Karlene Wray.

THE LION KING is at present enjoying a restricted season at Birmingham Hippodrome till Saturday 16 September with some good seats nonetheless remaining for midweek performances in August and September. The manufacturing will then return to Dublin’s Bord Gáis Power Theatre from Thursday 28 September – Saturday 11 November 2023 the place it completes its UK and Eire Tour.

The story of THE LION KING leaps into life utilizing spectacular masks, puppets and costumes to inform the story of Simba’s epic adventures, as he struggles with the duties of maturity and changing into king.

Julie Taymor’s internationally celebrated stage adaptation of THE LION KING opened on Broadway in 1997 and 25 international productions in 9 totally different languages have been created since then (English, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Dutch, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese). THE LION KING is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, below the course of Thomas Schumacher.

Because the UK premiere in 1999, THE LION KING London has entertained greater than 18 million theatregoers and is the sixth longest-running West Finish musical of all time.

The beautiful artistry of the manufacturing is the work of a group of designers which drew on various cultural influences to recreate the wealthy colors and huge expanses of the African savanna on this daring and provoking reinvention of some of the profitable animated characteristic movies of all time.

Julie Taymor, one of many world’s most revolutionary administrators, introduced an unlimited array of disciplines to THE LION KING, together with in depth expertise staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring traditional myths by means of ritualised puppetry, masks, and motion. The Lion King was the primary musical Taymor directed within the industrial theatre and she or he made Broadway historical past by changing into the primary lady to win the Tony Award® for Greatest Director of a Musical.

The Broadway present’s full inventive group, which gained 5 Tony Awards® for its work on THE LION KING, reunited in 1999 to recreate the present in London. Julie Taymor and Michael Curry created a whole bunch of masks and puppets.

Scenic design is by British designer Richard Hudson and lighting is by Donald Holder. Costume design is by Julie Taymor, and choreography by Garth Fagan. The guide was tailored by Roger Allers, who co-directed the animated characteristic and Irene Mecchi, who co-wrote the screenplay.

The unique rating from the animated movie was expanded for the stage and now options 15 musical numbers. In addition to writing fully new songs, South African composer Lebo M created an evocative mix of African rhythms and chorales, with extra materials by Julie Taymor and Mark Mancina.

Elton John and Tim Rice have added three new numbers to the 5 that they wrote for the award-winning rating of the animated movie. The ensuing sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western in style music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, together with the Academy Award®-winning Can You Really feel The Love Tonight and the haunting Shadowland.

THE LION KING runs at Birmingham Hippodrome till 16 September 2023.

Disney’s The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre