The UK and Ireland tour of Disney’s The Lion King is about to welcome a dozen new members to its cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers as it powers through Christmas in Manchester.
The award winning landmark musical is playing a season at Manchester's Palace Theatre until March 11, and over 300,000 people are expected to see the only north west dates. The new cast members join the production from December 11 and will be part of an international company hailing from 17 countries.
Kyle Richardson, from St Kitts in the Caribbean, will step up to play Simba. Kyle has previously performed in the Lion King as part of the ensemble in Madrid, and has been a member of the current UK and Ireland production.
The revised company will also feature Alex Bloomer as Ed and Candida Mosoma as Shenzi, plus current ensemble cast member Jorell Coiffic-Kamall as Banzai. Tanisha-Mae Brown, Asmara Cammock, Zodwa Mrasi, Felipe Flores, Reece McKenzie, Aphiwe Nyezi, Peace Nzirawa and Ebby Sama will join the ensemble.
The previous UK tour broke attendance records, including at the Manchester Palace. Since the UK premiere in 1999, The Lion King in London has entertained more than 18 million theatregoers and is the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. After Manchester the show moves to Sunderland, Bristol and Birmingham.
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