Tuesday, May 9

Cast changes announced for The Lion King

Disney's The Lion King has just announced eleven new cast members in the show's 18th year Janique Charles has taken over as Nala. Charles joined the ensemble cast of The Lion King in London in 2016 after joining the UK touring cast in 2013. Nala will mark her West End debut in a lead role.

Gary Jordan is playing Zazu. Jordan has starred previously in Grease, Anyone Can Whistle and the UK tour of High Society. Dominique Planter, who has been a swing in The Lion King since 2016, will take on the role of Shenzi. This marks her West End debut in a principal role.

The rest of the cast include actors from the Philippines, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the UK and includes Lila Anderson, Owen Chaponda, Deborah Dada, DebĂ´rah Godchaser, Brian James Leys, Nathan Louis-Fernand, Nonhlanhla Makthathini, Rutendo Mushonga, Luciano Santos Souza and Karlene Wray 

They join an international company led by George Asprey as Scar, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki, Richard Frame as Timon, Keith Bookman as Pumbaa, Nick Afoa as Simba, David Blake as Banzai and Mark McGee as Ed.

The Lion King is currently booking at the Lyceum Theatre until 3rd December

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