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PostHeaderIcon Lion King at London’s Lyceum Theatre Enters 14th Year

Lion King at London’s Lyceum Theatre Enters 14th Year on October 19th. Disney’s record-breaking musical The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre opened in the year 1999. The Lion King was the first musical directed by Julie Taymor in the commercial theatre, and she made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for ’Best Director of a Musical’.

The London company of 46 performers is led by 11 principals: George Asprey as Scar, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki, Stephen Matthews as Zazu, Damian Baldet as Timon, Keith Bookman as Pumbaa, Jonathan Andrew Hume as Simba, Ava Brennan as Nala, Jacquelyn Hodges as Shenzi, Gary Forbes as Banzai and Sebastien Torkia as Ed.

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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King New Cast members at the Lyceum Theatre

13 new cast members have joined Disney’s The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.

Liverpudlian actress Ava Brennan makes her West End debut as ‘Nala,’ having recently played this principal role in the Hamburg production. Damian Baldet , who has worked at La Jolla Playhouse, Soho rep and the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, comes fresh from the Las Vegas production to play the role of ‘Timon’. Jacquelyn Hodges joins having also performed in the Las Vegas production and in the North American tour, to play the role of ‘Shenzi’. In addition, Sebastien Torkia will play the role of ‘Ed’. Previous West End credits include Saturday Night Fever, A Streetcar Named Desire, La Cage Aux Folles and Guys and Dolls.

New ensemble performers: Curtis Lee Scott, Cleveland Cathnott, Francisco Lins, Wade Lewin, Darcel Frederik, Aisha Jawando, Momo Yeung, Jose Alves and Jamie Golding who will contribute to the international company which already includes performers from 16 countries around the world: UK, Canada, USA, South Africa, Jamaica, Japan, Germany, Holland, France, Mexico, Australia, China, Taiwan, South Africa, Singapore and Korea.

The show continues to feature Shaun Escoffery (Mufasa) and George Asprey (Scar).

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PostHeaderIcon Ava Brennan West End debut in The Lion King for The Principal Role of Lioness ‘Nala’

Liverpool actress Ava Brennan will make her West End debut on May 17th 2011 as she joins the London cast of Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King. Ava will play the principal role of lioness ‘Nala’, having recently played in the Hamburg production.

Ava Brennan will Play the Principal Role of Lioness ‘Nala’

Ava Brennan will Play the Principal Role of Lioness ‘Nala’

Originally from Bootle in Liverpool, Ava trained at the Loretta Legge Theatre School in Maghull, Merseyside where she gained extensive training in ballet, modern dance and tap.

She then went on to achieve roles in various European productions of Oklahoma! Aida, The Count of Monte Cristo and Hairspray.

Ava Brennan said: “When I first got offered the job to play Nala in the London production, I was ecstatic. It has been a dream of mine to perform on the West End since I was little, I still cannot believe it now! I am so excited to get on stage and be part of the Lion King family.”

Now in its twelfth year at the Lyceum Theatre, The Lion King continues to reign as one of London’s most popular musicals. Over 9 million people have seen the show since it opened in London in October 1999 and 55 million people have seen The Lion King worldwide. With record-breaking productions in New York, Las Vegas, Singapore, Hamburg and Tokyo, this global phenomenon also on North American tour is set to launch in Madrid in October 2011.

Associate Director John Stefaniuk, who has worked closely with Ava said: “Ava is a true gift to The Lion King. Finding an actress with the ability to play Nala is always challenging as it’s a role with extraordinary physical, vocal and emotional demands.

“However, Ava took on the role with such commitment in Hamburg that bringing her to the West End was an easy decision for us. She is an outstanding addition to our West End production.”


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PostHeaderIcon The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End extended booking to 2 Oct 2011

Disney’s The Lion King has increased its booking period by 3 months – tickets are now on sale to 2 Oct 2011 at the Lyceum Theatre. The success enjoyed by The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End has led to the booking period being extended by three months.

According to London Theatre, more than nine million people have now seen the production, which is based on the Disney film of the same name.

It tells the story of young lion cub Simba, When the young lion prince Simba is born his evil uncle Scar is pushed back to second in line to the throne. Scar plots to kill both Simba and his father, King Mufasa, and proclaim himself king. Simba survives but is led to believe that his father died because of him and he decides to flee the kingdom.

The Lion King, which recently celebrated its 11th anniversary, boasts tunes by widely-acclaimed songwriters including Elton John, Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the theatre production earned more than £34 million in 2010, which means it has set a new West End record for the second year in a row.

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PostHeaderIcon Lion King Sets Another Record For Ticket Sales In London

The Lion King musical has set a record for the highest takings in West End history for the second year in a row. The Disney production earned more than £34m in 2010, a greater sum than any other show had over a 12-month period in London, GL.

Disney’s award-winning production of Lion King smashed all previous West End box office records – including its own, set in 2009 – as it completed 2010 with two weeks of sold out performances.

In addition to being the top-selling West End production of the year, seen by over 820,000 people in 2010, the show also grossed over £34 million (an increase of £2 million on the previous year) – the highest annual box office of any show in West End history.

Over 9 million people have now seen it at the Lyceum Theatre.


PostHeaderIcon The Lion King celebrates 11 years in London West End

The cast and crew behind The Lion King are celebrating this month after notching up 11 years in the London West End.

It remains one of the most popular London musicals and is now the ninth longest-running in West End history, having been seen by an amazing 8.5 million people, Broadway World reports.

There have now been more than 4,600 performances at the Lyceum Theatre.

The Lion King tells the story of Simba, a cub who is heir to Pride Rock. However, his world is turned upside down when his father King Mufasa is killed and his evil uncle Scar leads him to believe he was responsible.

Simba runs away and grows up, but later finds that Pride Rock has been ravaged by Scar and his hyenas – will he go back and seek his rightful place as king?

Anyone hoping to go and see The Lion King this half-term may be pleased to know that an extra matinee has been added for Thursday 28th October at 14:30 BST.

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