News: Disney’s The Lion King welcomes new cast members

May 12, 2021
News: Disney’s The Lion King welcomes new cast members
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Disney’s The Lion King announces Kayi Ushe as Simba, as well as a 14 new cast members, who are welcomed into the fold of over 50 actors, singers and dancers. The award-winning production is set to return to the West End’s Lyceum Theatre on 29 July.

Existing casting includes 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.

It has been announced that Kayi Ushe (Kinky Boots) will take the iconic role of Simba, alongside Phil Adèle, in his West End debut as Ed, plus ensemble cast 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.

Shak Gabbidon-Williams and Recce Darlington-Delaire previously played Young Simba between 2007 t0 2009 and return to the company as ensemble members, with Angela Marie-Hurst and Deja Linton, who played Young Nala, returning as ensemble members.

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