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NEW CAST INCLUDING FORMER ALL BLACKS RUGBY STAR FOR LION KING (3 MAY 2016)

Disney have announced that new cast will join the London production of The Lion King from this month. Alongside changes in the ensemble cast, former All Blacks rugby star Nicholas Afoa is to take on the role of Simba at the West End's Lyceum Theatre

Nicholas Afoa made his stage debut in the Australian production of The Lion King in 2013, performing the role in Sydney for the last three years. The New Zealand-born, Auckland-raised performer had a promising rugby career with the All Blacks until he was sidelined by injury. After recovering and dedicating himself to his theatre career, nearly a decade later the 30 year-old beat 400 other hopefuls to the role of Simba in the Australian production. The opportunity to play the role in the West End production will bring Afoa to London for the first time, as he embarks on his second professional theatre engagement.

Afoa is currently in rehearsal and will appear in the production from 10th May 2016. Other new members of the cast include: Etian Almeida, Jonathan Andre, Janique Charles, Zinhle Dube, Sandile Gontsana, Kwesi Jeffers, Stephanie Lo, Sadia McEwen, Khaya Maseko, Daniel Monteiro, Nosipho Nkonqa, Dominique Planter, Antoine Murray-Straughan, Kayode Salina and Ricardo Walker.

Disney's award-winning musical is now in its 17th triumphant year at London's Lyceum Theatre. Since the London premiere in October 1999, The Lion King has entertained over 13 million theatregoers and remains the West End's best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. Tickets are currently on sale until 2nd October 2016 for individuals and 4th June 2017 for groups.


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