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Disney’s The Lion King begins second UK and Ireland tour

Thandazile Soni (Rafiki) in Disney's The Lion King UK & Ireland tour © Disney.

THE Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland began their second UK and Ireland tour of the landmark musical, The Lion King, at The Bristol Hippodrome, where it plays until Saturday, November 23, 2019.

The tour will then continue to Edinburgh (December 5, 2019 – March 29, 2020), Bradford (April 30 – June 20), Cardiff (July 9 – August 29) and Southampton (September 3 – October 10) with further dates to be announced in due course.

The cast includes Dashaun Young, Josslynn Hlenti and Thandazile Soni in the roles of Simba, Nala and Rafiki; as well as Steve Beirnaert, Matthew Forbes, Jean-Luc Guizonne, Richard Hurst, Alan McHale, Rebecca Omogbehin, Carl Sanderson, and Simon Trinder.

The full company also includes: Lwandolwethu Dennis Bam, Khanyisani Beato, Nigel Brown, Rushand Chambers, Tau-En Chien, Javier Cid, Jorrell Coiffic-Kamall, Tevin Daniel, Tim Driesen, Matthew Elliot-Campbell, Willians Ferreira, Oraine Frater, Brian Gilligan, Daniel Griffith, Alicia Hayward, Zalika Henry, Caleaf Hensen, Olivia Jones, Melvin La Blanc, Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy, Zanele Mazibuko, Daniel De Jesus Mejia Garcia, Zanele Ndlovu, Buhle Nkomo, Brianna Ogunbawo, Paige Peddie, Tara Price, Charlotte Samaroo, Cristiane Santos De Jesus, Mamido Bomboko Souchu, Sherry Tay, Francesca Thompson, Connor Pele Williams, Maria Yim and Bukiwe Zinganto.

The previous tour of The Lion King broke attendance records across the nation. With a cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers, the story of The Lion King is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of Simba’s epic adventure as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king.

The stunning artistry of The Lion King 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.

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Image: Thandazile Soni (Rafiki) in Disney’s The Lion King UK & Ireland tour © Disney.