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Nick Afoa joins the touring production of The Lion King

Nick Afoa in The Lion King, Pride Rock. Photo credit: Dewynters Photography ©Disney.

Casting news

THE Walt Disney Company UK has announced that Nick Afoa will be joining the touring production of The Lion King from April 30, 2020. He will play Simba.

Afoa is currently starring in the West End production, where he has performed as Simba for three years after making his stage debut in the Australian production in 2013.

Not unlike his character in The Lion King, Afoa has had a journey to take his place on stage. 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.

Afoa is currently in rehearsal with the touring cast and will appear in the production as it starts its engagement at the Alhambra, Bradford. The tour will continue on to Cardiff, Southampton and Manchester with further dates to be announced in due course.

The Lion King UK & Ireland tour opened in Bristol on September 13, 2019 to rave reviews and is currently at the Edinburgh Playhouse until April 18.

Read more about The Lion King on tour.

Image: Nick Afoa in The Lion King, Pride Rock. Photo credit: Dewynters Photography ©Disney.