Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Friday, June 22, 2012
THE cast has been announced for the first ever UK tour of award-winning musical The Lion King, which will head to Bristol’s Hippodrome Theatre this summer.
The multinational cast features actors and performers from 12 countries, who will look to dazzle audiences at the theatre from August 31 to November 17.
Disney’s beloved animated film was adapted for the stage by Julie Taymor, who has drawn upon her immeasurable experience of various styles and cultures to tell the compelling tale of Simba, the young lion cub, as he journeys through life and struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of king.
The multi-award winning musical has now played in 15 countries on five continents and been translated into six languages.
The 46-strong UK touring company will feature Jamaican Cleveland Cathnott, who has performed in Dreamgirls and Yes Jam Opera, as Mufasa, and Stephen Carlile as Scar.
Gugwana Dlamini will play Rafiki, Meilyr Sion Zazu, while South African Nicholas Nkuna – who recently played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera – will take on the part of Simba.
Carol Stennett will play Nala, a role she is currently playing in the show’s West End production.
The group of actors will come together for the first time on July 9 when rehearsals begin, before the first performance takes place on August 31.
Tickets, priced £20-52.50, are available from the box office on 0844 8713012 or at www.atgtickets.com