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The Lion King - cast changes announced

Casting news

TODAY (May 9, 2017), the London production of The Lion King welcomes 11 new cast members, including Janique Charles, Gary Jordan and Dominique Planter who take over the principal roles of ‘Nala’, ‘Zazu’ and ‘Shenzi’ respectively.

The Lion King marks Janique Charles’ West End debut. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Janique moved to London to join the UK touring cast of The Lion King in 2013.

A rising star, she has travelled extensively and brings her experiences to her role as Nala. She joined the London production of The Lion King in May 2016 as part of the ensemble cast, but she now steps up to play the principal role of Nala.

Gary Jordan has performed in London’s West End in Grease (Victoria Palace Theatre) and Anyone Can Whistle (Savoy Theatre) and in the UK tours of High Society and Playdays Live. Jordan is also a pianist and musical director.

Although Dominique Planter has been a swing in the The Lion King since 2016, this marks her West End debut in a principal role.

Other new cast members, from The Philippines, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the UK, are Lila Anderson, Owen Chaponda, Deborah Dada, Debôrah Godchaser, Brian James Leys, Nathan Louis-Fernand, Nonhlanhla Makthathini, Rutendo Mushonga, Luciano Santos Souza and Karlene Wray.

They join a uniquely international company, which already includes performers from 11 countries around the world. The company is led by George Asprey as Scar, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki, Richard Frame as Timon, Keith Bookman as Pumbaa, Nick Afoa as Simba, David Blake as Banzai and Mack McGee as Ed.

Now in its 18th triumphant year, over 14 million people have seen Disney’s award-winning musical at the Lyceum Theatre, where it is currently booking until May 25, 2018 for groups.

There will be an Autism-Friendly Performance on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:30pm. See also new concept photography.

Image: Can You You Feel The Love Tonight – Nick Afoa as Simba and Janique Charles as Nala 2017 – ŽDisney.