The Lion King
The Lion King

Cast & Creative

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Julie Taymor

Director, Costume Design, Mask/Puppet Co-Design, Additional Lyrics

Julie won the 1998 Tony® Award for Best Direction of a Musical and for Best Costumes for The Lion King. In 2008, the musical won three Molière Awards including Best Musical and Best Costumes. It also garnered Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League awards for Taymor’s direction, and myriad awards for her original costume, mask and puppet designs. Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with Juan Darién: A Carnival Mask (Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater), nominated for five Tony® Awards. Other theatre work includes The Green Bird (New Victory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and the Cort Theater on Broadway); Titus Andronicus, The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience); Juan Darién (Music-Theatre Group); co-adapter and director of The Transposed Heads (Lincoln Center and American Music Theatre Festival) and Liberty’s Taken (Castle Hill Festival). For her latest Broadway production, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Taymor served as director and co-book writer. Her recent opera productions include an original opera, Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal (Los Angeles Opera and the Lincoln Center Festival, 2006), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer. Her direction of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2004 and is now in repertoire there. Taymor’s film Across the Universe received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Musical/Comedy in 2008. Her first film, “Fool’s Fire,” an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe short story, aired on PBS in 1992. She directed her first feature, Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange, in 1999. Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina, received five Academy Award® nominations and two Oscars® in 2002. Taymor’s latest film is The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand and Ben Whishaw. Taymor has received a MacArthur “genius” grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Obie Awards and the first annual Dorothy B. Chandler Award in Theater among many others. A book spanning her career, Julie Taymor: Playing With Fire, is in its third edition from Abrams.

 

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Elton John

Music

The monumental career of international singer/songwriter and performer Elton John has spanned more than three decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums and more than 250 million records sold worldwide. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has awarded Elton multiple GRAMMYS®, including the GRAMMY® Legend Award.  In the early 1990s, Elton collaborated with lyricist Tim Rice on the soundtrack for The Lion King, winning him an Academy Award®. The album produced two top-selling, award-winning singles: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” The Tony® Award-winning Broadway productions of The Lion King and Aida both awarded Elton with GRAMMYS® for Best Musical Show Album. Billy Elliot was nominated for a record-tying 15 Tony® Awards and won ten, including Best Musical. Elton was also one of the producers for Next Fall on Broadway. The Union is his latest CD with Leon Russell, produced by T Bone Burnett.  In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations. In 1998, the Queen of England knighted him Sir Elton John, CBE. In 2004, Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts.

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Tim Rice

Lyrics

TIM RICE has worked in music, theatre and films since 1965 when he met Andrew Lloyd Webber, a fellow struggling songwriter. Rather than pursue Tim’s ambitions to write rock or pop songs they turned their attention to Andrew’s obsession – musical theatre. Their first collaboration (lyrics by Tim, music by Andrew) was an unsuccessful show based on the life of Dr.Barnardo, the Victorian philanthropist, The Likes Of Us. Their next three works together were much more successful – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. Tim has also worked with other distinguished popular composers such as Elton John (The Lion King, Aida), Alan Menken (Aladdin, King David, Beauty and the Beast), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Chess) and most recently, Stuart Brayson (From Here To Eternity).

He formed his own cricket team in 1973 and was President of the MCC in 2002. He recently wrote and presented a 52-part series for BBC Radio 2, American Pie, a trawl through the music and musicians of every American State. He has won several awards, mainly for the wrong thing or for simply turning up.

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Lebo M

Additional Music & Lyrics, Additional Vocal Score, Vocal Arrangements, Choral Director

Lebo M is known as the “voice and spirit of The Lion King.”  Once a teenage singer in Soweto, the Grammy® Award winner and Tony® nominee’s music brings audiences to tears with hauntingly inspiring African rhythms and melodies. Lebo’s talents have been hailed by the worldwide press in superlatives that might describe the most delightfully poetic of musical deities. Since his arrival in America, Lebo has attracted music industry giants such as Quincy Jones, Jimmy Cliff and Hans Zimmer as mentors, allies and collaborators.  Lebo has performed and produced four albums, Rhythm of the Pride Lands (Disney), Deeper Meaning (Gallo) and The Lion King (Japanese and Hamburg cast recordings). Other credits include The Power of One, Back on the Block and Listen Up with Quincy Jones; the feature films Outbreak (Warner Bros.), Congo (Warner Bros.) and Born to Be Wild (Paramount); and the Disney television special “People.”  He has performed on the Academy Awards® and the Essence Awards Show, with Vanessa Redgrave at Kthimi-The Return in Kosovo, and been honored by Artists for a Free South Africa.

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Mark Mancina

Additional music & lyrics, Music produced for the stage, Additional Score

A Tony® nominee and multi-platinum, three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning composer, he was an obvious choice to produce the music for the stage production of The Lion King, having arranged and produced songs for the blockbuster animated feature film, for which he received both GRAMMY® and American Music awards in 1994. The film also spawned the hit album Rhythm of the Pride Lands, for
which Mr Mancina co-wrote, arranged and produced three tracks, including ‘He Lives in You’ and ‘Shadowland,’ which are featured in the stage production. Ranked among the upper echelons of film composers, his credits include mega-hits Training Day, Speed, Twister, Bad Boys, Tarzan® and Brother Bear among many others. Most recent feature films include: August Rush and Shooter.

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Irene Mecchi

Book

Irene began her association with Disney in March 1992, when she wrote Recycle Rex, an animated short, which won the 1994 Environmental Media Award. Irene is a co-writer of Disney’s animated features The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules. Along with co-author Roger Allers, she received a 1998 Tony® nomination for writing the book for The Lion King. Irene also wrote the teleplay for “Annie,” directed by Rob Marshall. She shares a writing credit on Disney Pixar’s Brave and is currently adapting the Warners’ 1954 film A Star Is Born as a stage musical, as well as developing a project with Lucasfilm.

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Roger Allers

Book

Roger makes his Broadway debut with co-author Irene Mecchi, with this Tony®-nominated book, adapted from the animated feature, which he co-directed. Mr. Allers has been instrumental in shaping the structure and dialogue for many Disney animated features since 1988, including Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Oliver and Company, Rescuers Down Under, Prince & the Pauper and the computer-animated movie, Tron. He directed the Academy Award nominated short The Little Matchgirl for Disney and co-directed the 2006 animated feature Open Season for Sony Studios. Prior to working with Disney, he created animation on children’s programs and features for studios in Boston, Toronto and Tokyo. He is currently writing and directing an animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

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Garth Fagan

Choregrapher

Garth Fagan is the recipient of the 1998 Tony® Award for Best Choreography and the 2000 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer (London, UK) as well as the Drama Desk Award, the Astaire Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for his work with The Lion King. Mr. Fagan was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and for more than 33 years has toured the world with Garth Fagan Dance. On television the company has appeared on “Great Performances,” “The Tonight Show” and the Academy Awards®.  Mr. Fagan forged his own dance language and technique, drawing from modern dance, Afro-Caribbean and ballet, and has choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Jose Limon Company, the New York City Ballet’s 50th Anniversary, and others.  In addition, he choreographed Joseph Papp’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Duke Ellington street opera, Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center. A distinguished university professor at SUNY Brockport, he has received numerous awards and fellowships, including the 2001 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, a Bessie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow. He has also been inducted into the American Academy of Achievement.

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Richard Hudson

Scenic Design

Richard Hudson was born in Zimbabwe and educated in Zimbabwe and England. In 1988 he won a Laurence Olivier Award for designing a season of seven plays at the Old Vic Theatre, London. His set designs for The Lion King have won numerous awards, including a Tony® in 1998. He is a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). In 2003 he won the Gold Medal for Set Design at the Prague Quadriennale, and in 2005 he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey. He has designed sets and costumes for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Young Vic and the Gate, London. In opera he has worked at the Royal Opera, English National Opera, La Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera New York, Opera National de Paris, Lyric Opera Chicago, Staatsoper Vienna, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and in Zurich, Munich, Amsterdam, Venice, Florence, Turin, Bregenz, Houston and Washington.

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Donald Holder

Lighting Design

Donald received 1998 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Lion King (Broadway) and the Moliere Award for The Lion King (Paris). Broadway: Golden Boy, Annie, Spiderman-Turn Off the Dark, South Pacific (2008 Tony® Award), Ragtime, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Gem of the Ocean, Movin’ Out, Juan Darien (all Tony® nominated); Promises, Promises; Arcadia; Come Fly Away; Cyrano de Bergerac; The Little Dog Laughed; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Prelude to a Kiss; The Boy From Oz, many others. Off-Broadway: Blood and Gifts, Happiness, Observe the Sons of Ulster… (Lortel Award), A Man of No Importance, Birdie Blue, Jitney, Saturday Night, Three Days of Rain, Jeffrey, Spunk, many others. Television: “Smash” seasons one and two, NBC/DreamWorks.

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Michael Curry

Mask and Puppet Co-Designer

Michael works widely as a visual and concept designer for numerous companies such as Cirque du Soleil, the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal National Theatre, Disney Theatrical Productions and Universal Pictures. He collaborates regularly with directors such as Robert Lepage, Nicholas Hytner, Julie Taymor and William Friedken. Mr. Curry has received many prestigious awards including several awards for his work on Broadway, Olympic ceremonies and his continued innovations in the fields of visual effects and puppetry design. His design and production studios are located in Scappoose, Oregon. Current projects include scenic design for The Makropulos Case conducted by Maestro Zubin Mehta for the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy, which premiered on October 11, 2011, and Tales of Hoffman at the Theater an der Wein in Vienna, Austria, that premiered on March 19, 2012.

Michael Ward

Hair and Makeup Design

Michael Ward designs for opera and theatre. For Disney: The Lion King (Broadway and others) and Der Glöckner von Notre Dame (Berlin). Other work has been seen in Britain, the United States, Holland, France, Japan, Israel and Portugal. Along with his design work in theatre, he works as a garden and landscape designer.

Steve Canyon Kennedy

Sound Design

Steve Canyon Kennedy was the production engineer on such Broadway shows as Cats, Starlight Express, Song & Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Carrie and Aspects of Love.

His Broadway sound design credits include Catch Me If You Can, (Tony Nomination) Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award).

John Stefaniuk

Associate Director

A native of Toronto, Canada, and alum of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Upon leaving John worked as an actor and voice over artist worldwide including being the voice of Cartoon Network. He has directed, taught and guest lectured for many theatre schools and colleges in Toronto, New York, and London including the Royal Academy of Music, Sylvia Young Theatre School, and Duke University. For three years John was the Artistic Director for Stagedoor Manor in New York directing numerous productions with such stars as Natalie Portman and Bryce Howard. John worked as Resident Director for Cameron Macintosh and JAR Productions on Hey Mr. Producer! Amongst John’s TV credits include Dancing with the Stars, The TONY Awards, The Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebration and America Celebrates, in the presence of The President and First Lady. John has also appeared on The View in a segment directing Whoopi Goldberg and in the Biography Channel’s Portrait of Natalie Portman.  He is currently Associate Director for all 10 Productions of Disney’s The Lion King and is delighted to be working with such a talented company.

Marey Griffith

Associate Choreographer

A native New Yorker, Miss Griffith toured worldwide with the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as a featured dancer/soloist for 8 years. She is most known for her performances in the works of the late, world renowned choreographer Ulysses Dove. Other guest appearances include Déjà vu Dance Theatre, and the Spoleto festival in Italy. She worked as co-choreographer on the star studded production of The Wizard of Oz in concert at Avery Fisher Hall with Nathan Lane, Joel Grey, Jewel and Natalie Cole. Miss Griffith has appeared in numerous commercials and voice-overs. Her soap opera credits include As the World Turns and Another World. She has also performed with Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Miss Griffith joined the creative team of The Lion King in August of 2000. She feels privileged to work with choreographer Garth Fagan.

Clement Ishmael

Musical Supervisor

Clement is a conductor, composer and arranger. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Royal Conservatory of Music, where he specialised in composition and conducting as well as singing with Joyce Britten. Conducting credits include Abbey Players Opera Company, Ad Astra Chorus, Addison Jazz Ensemble and West London Gospel Choir. He also conducted the new ballet Awakening at Sadlers Wells. West End credits include: Five Guys Named Moe, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Soul Train. He has also directed and arranged the music for numerous shows which include: Sweet Lorraine, Up Against the Wall, The Amen Corner, The Grape Vine, The Cavalcaders and most recently Gem of the Ocean at the Tricycle Theatre. His classical compositions and arrangements have been performed worldwide as well as being broadcast by BBC Television and Radio. His opera Grazyna was performed at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio and his most recent commission, for the London Piano Trio was performed at Cadogan Hall in 2008.

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Hans Zimmer

Additional Music and Lyrics

Hans Zimmer received the Oscar®, Golden Globe® and two Grammy® awards for his original film score for the film version of The Lion King. He started his film scoring career with My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985, and his other credits include six Oscar-nominated film scores, among them Gladiator, The Thin Red Line, As Good as It Gets and Rain Man. Additional credits include the Grammy-winning score for Crimson Tide, Driving Miss Daisy, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down and The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise. Mr. Zimmer also heads the film music division for DreamWorks SKG studios.

Chris Montan

Executive Music Producer

Chris Montan joined Disney in 1984 and is currently president of Walt Disney Music. Under his guidance as head of music, soundtracks from nine theatrical releases (Cocktail, Beaches, The Little Mermaid, Pretty Woman, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas and Tarzan) were certified multi-platinum. Additionally, the studio received numerous GRAMMY® and Golden Globe honors along with thirteen Academy Awards® for its music entries. Most recently he served as executive producer of the Wonderful World of Disney’s production of Annie, as well as producer with the television production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which was nominated for seven Emmy® Awards.

Jay Rifkin

Additional Music and Lyrics

The Grammy Award®-winning producer, together with producing and composing partner Hans Zimmer, created Media Ventures, a multifaceted entertainment group that includes music, new media, film and television. Their partnership has earned them numerous awards and nominations, including Academy Award® nominations, for the film scores of Driving Miss Daisy, Rain Man and The Lion King. Following the success of The Lion King, Jay conceived and produced the gold-selling follow-up album Rhythm of the Pride Lands. He is also chairman of Media Revolution and a founder of the film production company Media Ventures Pictures

Robert Elhai

Associate Producer and Orchestrator

Tony® and Drama Desk nominee Robert Elhai has orchestrated many concert, theatre and film scores for composers Elliot Goldenthal (Juan Darien, Final Fantasy) and Michael Kamen (Don Juan de Marco, X-Men), among others. His arrangements for Metallica’s GRAMMY® Award-winning “S&M” made good use of his doctorate in composition from Yale University.

David Metzger

Orchestrator

David Metzger has orchestrated many films, including the Disney animated film Tarzan, Training Day, Domestic Disturbance, Bait and Return to Paradise. His television work includes composing episodes of “The Magnificent Seven” and Disney’s “The Legend of Tarzan” and five years as an arranger/composer for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” David was nominated for Tony® and Drama Desk awards for The Lion King.

Bruce Fowler

Orchestrator

Bruce Fowler is an accomplished trombonist who has played with such notables as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Frank Zappa, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Don Van Vliet. He performs with his family’s band, The Fowler Brothers (there are five Fowlers); his own band, The Enormous Bones; and Banned from Utopia. Bruce was the supervising orchestrator for Pearl Harbor (he also composed the big band numbers), Shrek, As Good as It Gets, Black Hawk Down and Hans Zimmer’s Academy Award®-winning The Lion King movie score

Pippa Ailion

Casting

Pippa has cast over 120 productions internationally. She was Resident Associate Director casting three seasons of European classics for Jonathan Miller at the Old Vic between 1987 and 1991.

Current Theatre includes: Top Hat (UK tour); Fela! (US tour, Sadler’s Wells and Europe); Million Dollar Quartet; Wicked; Legally Blonde; Billy Elliot; The Lion King; We Will Rock You (Dominion and UK tour); The Go Between (WYP, Derby, Northampton); Sweeney Todd (Chichester 2011); Decade (Headlong); Rocky Horror Show (Germany 2011); Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall); Waiting For Godot (WYP); Ragtime; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regents Park);

West End/London includes: The Wiz (Birmingham/WYP); Lord of the Flies (Regent’s Park 2011); Love Story (Duchess & Chichester 2010); Fela! (NT); Dick Whittington & his Cat (Lyric, Hammersmith); Departure Lounge; Into the Woods (Regent’s Park); Five Guys Named Moe (Stratford East); All the Fun of the Fair; Spring Awakening; Peter Pan (O2 & USA tour); The Importance of Being Earnest; The Fairy Queen (New York Glyndebourne 2009); Marguerite; Chess in Concert; The Drowsy Chaperone; Porgy and Bess; Generations; The Enchanted Pig; Simply Heavenly (Young Vic); Acorn Antiques; The Postman Always Rings Twice; Blue Man Group; Follow My Leader (Hampstead); Tonight’s the Night; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; Japes; Wit; Rent; The Magistrate; Hair; Annie Get Your Gun.

UK tours: Quadrophenia; Riverdance; Jerry Springer; Acorn Antiques; The Gingerbread Lady; Tonight’s the Night; Slamdunk; Strangers On A Train.

Mark Brandon

Casting

Binder Casting/Mark Brandon, CSA (Casting) with Jay Binder, CSA, Jack Bowdan, CSA, and Jason Styres, CSA, have cast over 70 Broadway shows including A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Born Yesterday, The Miracle Worker, Finian’s Rainbow, Brighton Beach Memoirs, A Chorus Line, Gypsy, 39 Steps, White Christmas, Is He Dead?, Inherit The Wind, Journey’s End, Butley, Virginia Woolf, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Movin’ Out42nd Street, Music Man, Iceman Cometh, Charlie Brown, Sound of Music, Beauty & the Beast, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Chicago, King & I, Damn Yankees, Lost in Yonkers, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, The Goodbye Girl and every City Center Encores! production since its inception in 1994. Film/TV/Other: Carousel (NY Philharmonic/PBS), Six by Sondheim (HBO), So You Think You Can Dance, West Side Story (San Francisco Symphony), Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Nine. Ten–time Artios Award winner.

Disney Theatrical Productions

Producer

DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Worldwide,its eight Broadway titles have been seen by over 128 million theatregoers and have been nominated for 57 Tony Awards®, winning Broadway’s highest honour 20 times.

With 15 productions currently produced or licensed, a Disney musical is being performed professionally somewhere on the planet virtually every hour of the day. The company’s inaugural production, Beauty and the Beast, opened in 1994. It played a remarkable 13 year run on Broadway and has been produced in 28 countries worldwide.

In November 1997, Disney opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical and is now the highest grossing show in Broadway history. In its 17th smash year, it has welcomed over 70 million visitors worldwide to date. The Lion King can also currently be seen on tour across North America, the UK, and Japan, and in London’s West End, Hamburg, Tokyo, Madrid, Sao Paulo, and Sydney, Australia, a total of ten concurrent productions worldwide. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida opened on Broadway next, winning four 2000 Tony Awards, and spawning productions around the world. Mary Poppins, a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh, opened in London in 2004 and established itself as one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge in recent years, launching seven productions on three continents. Following a six year Tony-winning Broadway run, the title is now being licensed to professional theatres worldwide. Tarzan®, which opened on Broadway in 2006, is now an international hit with an award-winning production in its 6th year in Germany. In January 2008, The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway and was the #1-selling new musical of that year. Its success continues with a new production in Japan.

Disney Theatrical Productions opened two critically acclaimed productions on Broadway in 2012, receiving seven Tony Awards between them: Newsies, now in its third year at the Nederlander Theatre, and Peter and the Starcatcher, which enjoyed a two year New York run. Other successful stage musical ventures have included King David in concert, the national tour of On The Record, several touring versions of Disney’s High School Musical, and Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin.

DTP has collaborated with the country’s leading regional theatres to develop new stage titles including Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of The Jungle Book and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Aladdin is it’s most recent Tony Award-winning Broadway hit; its most recent West End production, Shakespeare In Love, opened in July.

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George Asprey

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Place of Birth: London, England
Training: LAMDA
Theatre: Chicago (UK tour); They’re Playing Our Song and Private Live (English Theatre, Frankfurt); A View From the Bridge (Leicester Haymarket); The Good Companions (Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich); Dick Barton (Warehouse, Croydon); Pride and Prejudice (Good Company); The Sound of Music (Sadler’s Wells and UK tour); Scrooge and Guys and Dolls (Birmingham Rep Theatre)
Television: New Tricks, Waking the Dead, The Bill, Gil Mayo, Molly, Riot at Rite, A Life in Pictures, The Dying of the Light, Holby City, Trial & Retribution II and III, Secrets and Lines, Nancherrow, Supply and Demand II, Coming Home, An Independent Man, The Peter Principle, A Breed of Heroes, Psychoville
Film: The Greatest Game Ever Played; AKA; Something Borrowed; Dead in the Water; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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Shaun Escoffery

Mufasa

Place of Birth: East London, England
Training: Barking College of Performing Arts
Theatre:
Parade (Donmar Warehouse); Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre); Mama, I Want to Sing! (Cambridge Theatre); The Who’s Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Prince of Wales Theatre)
Concerts: Shaun has performed all over the world and supported major artists such as Beverley Knight, Angie Stone, Mica Paris and Erykah Badu. He sung the national anthem for Lennox Lewis who was defending his heavyweight title against Mike Tyson.
Other: Shaun signed major recording contracts with Sony Music and EMI Music and produced three critically acclaimed albums, entitled Shaun Escoffery, Soulonica and Back to Soul, which had worldwide releases.

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Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: MBongem Ngemas Academy Theatre: The Lion King (Circustheatre, Holland); The Zulu, Maria Maria, Stimela Sasezola
(South African/German tours); Simuka Nandwendwe (Playhouse, Durban); JRKA (Bloemfontein Theatre)
Television: Sing Africa Dance, Gospel Gold, Selimathunzi, Felicia Mabuza, Tinga Tinga Tales (BBC); The Royal Variety Performance; Olivier Awards; Born Free Concert
Radio: Various projects for Radio FM, Radio Xhosa, Khaya FM, Alan Page (BBC)
Video: Maria Maria, The Zulu, Stimela Saspzolg
Film: Session singer for the motion pictures I0,000 BC and Tsotsi; Amazing Grace (Warner Brothers)
Other: Soloist with Ringo Madlingo’s Jonas Gwanga; opening soloist for Cricket World Cup (2003); FNB Vital Award nominee (2000). The Lion King 3D promotion (London and Edinburgh); Queen’s diamond jubilee pageant (Windsor Castle).
The Lion King marks Lindiwe’s West End debut.

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Howard Gossington

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Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Webber Douglas
Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest and Cinderella (Stephen Joseph, Scarborough); Nation (National Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre of The Netherlands); Treasure Island (Haymarket, London); The Elephant Man (UK tour); Enjoy (Watford Palace); Blue Remembered Hills, Mojo, Children of the Wolf and Skylight (Dukes, Lancaster); The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Oxford Shakespeare Company); The Hobbit (UK tour); Tom’s Midnight Garden (UK tour); Madame Bovary (Northampton Royal); The Rivals (Salisbury Playhouse); Privates on Parade (New Vic, Stoke); Aladdin (Oxford Playhouse); Cinderella (Beck, Hayes); Sleeping Beauty (Greenwich Theatre and Reading Hexagon); Snow White (Lyceum, Crewe); News Revue (Canal Cafe)
Television: Downton Abbey (ITV), Hollyoaks Later (E4), Spoof, The Basil Brush Show and Battle Plan: El Alamein (BBC)
Film: The Lawless Heart

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Richard Frame

Timon

Place of Birth: Shrewsbury, England
Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Theatre: Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice (Propeller); London Assurance (National Theatre); I Love You Because (Landor Theatre); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith); Me and My Girl (UK tour); Promises Promises (Sheffield Crucible); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Our House (Cambridge Theatre); The Beggar’s Opera, A Chorus of Disapproval and Sea Life (Old Vic, Bristol); Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Where’s Charley? (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
Television: Outnumbered; The Hollow Crown; Holby City; MI High; Kingdom; Family Affairs; Wire in the Blood; Hearts and Bones; The Bill; Hope and Glory
Film: London Road

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Keith Bookman

Pumbaa

Place of Birth: Salford, East Lancashire
Training: Central School of Speech and Drama
Theatre: Tonight’s the Night; The Beautiful Game; Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre and UK tour); Don Quixote; The Man Who Planted Trees (UK tour); An Irishman’s Idea of Heaven (Old Red Lion, London)
Television: Taking Issue; Billy’s Story (BBC); Harry; EI Cid; Eldorado; Near Misses; The Bill; Casualty; EastEnders; Coronation Street
Film: Letters From the East; The Ogre
Other: Has worked extensively in Spanish TV, film and theatre.

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Jonathan Andrew Hume

Simba

Place of Birth: Oxford, England
Training: Boden Studios, London
Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Wyllyotts Theatre); The Lion King (Singapore)
Television: Behind Pride Rock: a Documentary (MediaCorp, Singapore) Living the Dream (Dream Chute Productions); Casualty, (BBC); EastEnders (BBC); Down to Earth (BBC); Hope and Glory (BBC); Grange Hill (BBC); Sort It (BBC); Anything’s Possible (Channel 5)
Film: Bluff (LFA); Filthy Habit (LFA); 2058 (Smirking Jack Productions); Decorating (New Slate Productions); session singer for the motion pictures 10,000 BC (Warner Brothers.); Amazing Grace (Momentum Pictures); Pride (Lionsgate)
Other: Extensive voice-over work for various projects in the US and UK. Performed as Simba for The Lion King at the 2009 Laurence Olivier Awards.

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Melina M’Poy

Nala

Place of Birth: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Training: International Academy of Musical of Paris (AICOM)
Theatre: The Lion King (Paris); Swinging Life (Paris); Touwongka (Avignon Festival, France); Anne, un journal musical (Paris); Pirates (Switzerland); Ratpsody (Switzerland)
Other: The Lion King marks Melina’s West End debut.

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Sarah Amankwah

Shenzi

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Manchester School of Theatre
Theatre: De Gabay (National Theatre of Wales); Tiata Tamba Tamba (Tiata Fahodzi); Shakespeare 365 (Orange Tree Theatre, London); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aquila Theatre and US tour); Six Characters in Search of an Author (Aquila Theatre and US tour); Fair Trade (Rich Mix and Edinburgh); Sacrifice (Tara Arts and the Almeida Theatre); Spring Shakespeare (Orange Tree Theatre tour); The Early Years (Fuse Theatre Company); With Fumes of Human Roast (Hampstead Theatre); Rumpelstiltskin and Alice Through The Looking Glass (C Venue, Edinburgh); 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic Theatre); Death and the King’s Horseman (National Theatre)
Television: The Damnation of Darwin (HBO)
Film: World War Z (Paramount)

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Taofique Folarin

Banzai

Place of Birth: West Midlands, England
Training: National Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts; BA in Theatre Practice from the University of Middlesex
Theatre: The Lion King (Hamburg); Fame The Musical (tours of Ireland, the UK and Holland); Diary of a Chav (Tristan Bates Theatre); Avenue Q (Gielgud Theatre and Noël Coward Theatre); Five Guys Named Moe (English Theatre, Frankfurt); The Taming of the Shrew (tour); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Landor Theatre); Rent (Avondale Theatre); Such Sweet Thunder (Theatre Royal, Newcastle) and Generator 1
Television: Life Begins (BBC)

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Mark McGee

Ed

Place of Birth: Birmingham, England
Training: Birmingham Conservatoire for The Voice
Television: Mollie (BBC); Casualty (BBC)
Theatre: Jekyll & Hyde (UK tour); Much Ado About Nothing (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Shout! (UK tour); The Black & White Ball (King’s Head Theatre, London); Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre); Babes in Arms (Chichester Festival Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (Birmingham Repertory Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Bat (New Vic Theatre, Stoke); Debbie Does Dallas (Old Fire Station, Oxford); Return to the Forbidden Planet (Theatre Royal, Lincoln); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre); Three Sides (New York Musical Theatre Festival); West Side Story (Leicester Haymarket Theatre); Taboo (The Venue); Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (London Palladium and Scandinavian tour); Les Misérables (UK tour); Summer Holiday (Hammersmith Apollo and UK tour) and Mark and Mabel (Piccadilly Theatre)

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Kelsey Calladine-Smith

Young Nala

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Laura Bruce Dance Academy
Theatre: Oliver! and Jack and the Beanstalk (Ashcroft Theatre Fairfield Halls)
Other: The Lion King marks Kelsey’s West End debut.

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Ella Marshall-Pinder

Young Nala

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Stagecoach, Highgate Ballet School, Pineapple Dance Studios
Theatre: The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium), The Lion King (UK and Ireland Tour)
Television: Ruff Ruff, Tweet & Dave (CBeebies)
Film: Foster

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Amma Ris

YOUNG NALA

PLACE OF BIRTH: Cardiff, Wales
TRAINING: Jigsaw Performing Arts
The Lion King marks Amma’s professional debut.

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Liani Samuel

YOUNG NALA

PLACE OF BIRTH: London, England
TRAINING: Deborah Day Theatre School
The Lion King marks Liani’s professional debut.

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Shaquahn Crowe

YOUNG SIMBA

PLACE OF BIRTH: London, England
TRAINING: J’s Dance Factory
THEATRE: Carmen (Royal Opera House)

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Malachi Hallett

YOUNG SIMBA

PLACE OF BIRTH: London, England
The Lion King marks Malachi’s professional debut.

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Zayn Johnson

YOUNG SIMBA

PLACE OF BIRTH: London, England
TRAINING: The Lion King Cub School
The Lion King marks Zayn’s professional debut.

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Ezrae Maye

Young Simba

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Deborah Day Theatre School Trust
Theatre: Oliver! (Broadway Theatre, Barking)
Other: The Lion King marks Ezrae’s West End debut.

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Tiago Sequeira Alves

Swing

Place of Birth: Brazil
Training: Cambridge Performing Arts; Studio De Dancas Garcia Sao Paolo, Brazil; Centro De Artes Pavarine, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Television: The Royal Variety Show and Show Choir (both ITV)
Video: The Flood (Katie Melua)
Other: Royal Caribbean Cruises, Adriana Locilento and Lyon Melo. The Lion King marks Tiago’s West End debut.

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Lauren Alexandra

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Arts Educational School, London
Theatre: A Dream Across the Ocean (Fairfield Halls); Ragtime (Landor Theatre)
Television: Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards; The Olivier Awards; Broadway to West End
Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Daniel Bailey

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: The Urdang Academy
Theatre: South Pacific (UK tour); Flahooley (Lilian Baylis Theatre); Blues Brothers (Erasmus Theatre) and Hair (Bronowski Productions)
Other: The Lion King marks Daniel’s West End debut.

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Hugo Batista

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Recife, Brazil
Training: Centre of Dance, São Paulo, Brazil and Studio De Danca, Brazil
Theatre: High School Musical (UK tour); Grease (UK tour); The Explosive 80s (UK tour); Show Viva (Brazil and Germany); Akuarela Dance Spectacular (Brazil)
Other: P&O’s Pride of Bilbao (LBGP). The Lion King marks Hugo’s West End debut.

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David Blake

Ensemble

Place of Birth: St Andrew, Jamaica
Training:
Cathy Levy Performing Arts Academy, California State University, IDTA
Theatre: The Nutcracker (California); Jesus 2000 (US tour)
Television: Los Angeles Holiday Concert (PBS); Live at the Ford (KCET); Royal Palm Estate (CVM)
Film: Ascension Day; Dreamgirls
Other: Principal dancer with the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica with tours of the US, Canada, Caribbean and the UK. Performed for various dance companies in California and has performed choreography by Donald McKayle, Clive Thompson, Ron Brown, Arsenio Andrade and Rex Nettleford. Taught and choreographed for colleges, universities and professional schools in the Caribbean and USA. David holds a BA in Marketing from the California State University and a Professional Dance Teaching Licentiate from IDTA. The Lion King marks David’s West End debut.

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Yolanda Burke

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Laine Theatre Arts
Theatre: The Lion King (Germany); West End Laine (Aldwych Theatre)
Television: Olympic Torch Ceremony (BBC)
Other: Yolanda makes a welcome return to The Lion King having been part of the 2008 London company.

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Arielle Campbell

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: The Arts Educational School – Tring
Theatre: Mary Poppins (North American Tour); Mark Stuart Dance Theatre, Chase Brock’s Nutcracker (Flat Rock Playhouse); Hairspray (Paper Mill Playhouse); Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (International Tour); Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre)
Television: It’s Now or Never – September Films for ITV
Film: Disney’s Cinderella (2015), Dirty Step Upstage (ALM Talkies)
Other: Sister Act (LA Convention Center).

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Jorge Cipriano

Swing

Place of Birth: Salvador, Brazil
Training: Balé Folclórico da Bahia
Theatre: 20th Birthday of the Balé Folclórico da Bahia, Festival de Lençóis, Verona Festival Balé Folclórico da Bahia; The Lion King (Hamburg)
Other: The Lion King marks Jorge’s West End debut.

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Treyc Cohen

Swing

Place of Birth: Tamworth, England
Theatre: The Wiz (Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, and West Yorkshire Playhouse); Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre)
Television: The X Factor (ITV); My Kind of Music
Other: Treyc has performed as a vocalist on tours of Monday Session and Desire. The Lion King marks Treyc’s West End debut.

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Azola Dlamini

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: Mbongeni Ngema’s Academy
Theatre: The Lion King (Circustheatre, Holland); The Zulu, Simuka Nandklankle; Joyous Celebration 7 and 8 (all South Africa)
Television: Performance Gospel Gold; Glory Hallalluya; Take 5; Felicia Mabuza Suttle Shok
Video: Smuka Nandwendwe; Mr Bones
Other: Performed at Umlazi Stadium with Mbongeni Ngema; backing vocalist for Jabu Hlongwane, Vuyo Mokoena, Suq Angel, Sharon Dee and Musa Njoko. The Lion King marks Azola’s West End debut.

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Joanna Francis

Swing

Place of Birth: Jamaica
Training: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York
Theatre: The Harder They Come (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Barbican, Playhouse Theatre and US tour); Carmen Jones (Royal Festival Hall); The Big Life (Apollo); Purlie (Bridewell Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ohio, US); Jesus Christ Superstar (Scandinavian tour); The Company Dance Theatre (Jamaica)
Radio: The Big Life (BBC)
Other: Joanna was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Purile at the 2005 Whatsonstage.com Awards

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Ian Yuri Gardner

SWING

Place of Birth:  London, England
Training:  Canadian University College
TheatreThe Lion King (Broadway, US Tour, Netherlands, Toronto), Dreamgirls, Hairspray (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver), La Cages Aux Folles (Vancouver Playhouse Theatre), Best of Musicals (Koln, Germany)
Film: Better Than Chocolate
TelevisionOnce Upon A Time, Secret Circle, Fringe, 2008 Tony Awards
Other:  Lion King Netherlands Cast Recording – Life Is Better With You, Royal Caribbean Productions, TLO Album

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Enyonam Gbesemete

Ensemble

Place of birth: Ghana
Theatre: The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello Theatre); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (UK tour); Rent (Dublin); Inner City Jam (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Dancing and Singing the Blues (European tour); Passports to the Promised Land (UK tour); Show Boat (Royal Albert Hall); Rainbow Uprising (Shaw Theatre, London); Mass Carib (Trafalgar Square); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame (US tour); Been So Long (workshop at Young Vic)
Television: Top of the Pops; The Jack Docherty Show (Channel 5); Virgin G’day Party
Radio: The Radio 1 Show and Funeral Rites (both BBC)
Other: Has worked with Soul II Soul, Angélique Kidjo and Neil Diamond amongst others.

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Jamie Golding

Standby Timon, Zazu & Pumbaa

Place of Birth: Essex, England
Theatre: Guys and Dolls (Kilworth House, Leicester); Kern Goes to Hollywood (King’s Head); Starlight Express (London, Germany and New Zealand tour); The Best of Times (Bridewell Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre); The Beautiful Game (Sydmonton Festival and Cambridge Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (RSC, Barbican and Stratford-upon-Avon); Urinetown (London workshop); The Canterville Ghost (UK tour); Sweeney Todd (Theatr Clwyd); Les Misérables (Palace Theatre)
Television: Grange Hill (BBC); Dodgem (BBC); The Ghostbusters of East Finchley (BBC); The Bill (ITV); The Southbank Show – The Beautiful Game (ITV)
Other: Original cast album of The Beautiful Game; Rusty on the 15th anniversary CD of Starlight Express, Germany.

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Calvyn Grandling

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa
Training: Johannes Brahms Conservatorium, Hamburg
Theatre:
The Lion King (South Africa, Taipei and Germany)
Television: Won ‘singing with instrument’ category in The Yamaha Young Talent Competition; 10th Anniversary of June 16th (Word of Mouth Productions)
Other: The Lion King marks Calvyn’s West End debut.

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Martina Isibor

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Nigeria
Theatre: Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre)
Television: Eastenders (BBC); Holby City (BBC); Top Boy (Channel 4)
Film: Pass the Comb; The Boat that Rocked; How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

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Makoto Iso

ENSEMBLE

Place of Birth: Japan
Training: Central School of Ballet and The Hastings Stage Studio
Theatre: King and I (Curve Theatre, Leicester and UK Tour), Hello Dolly (Curve Theatre, Leicester)
Television: The X Factor, The Brit Awards, Lenny Henry Show
Film: About Time
Music Video: White Lies: There Goes Our Love Again
Other: Makoto has also appeared in commercials for Benetton, Sony, 48 Months Go Conquer, Comedy Central, Heineken and MTV. The Lion King marks Makoto’s West End debut.

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Sindisiwe Khumalo

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: KwaMashu Community Advancement Projects
Theatre: Africa Umoja (Victory Theatre, Johannesburg); Soweto Spiritual Singers and House of the Holy Afro (Cape Town)
Other: The Lion King marks Sindisiwe’s West End debut.

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Gemma Knight Jones

Ensemble / Sarabi

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Identity Drama School
Theatre: Sister Act (UK tour); Hairspray (UK tour); Tangled Lives and Twisted Loves (Drill Hall Theatre); Been So Long (Young Vic and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); Rent (Broadway Theatre); Ragtime (Kenneth More Theatre); Ignite (Arcola Theatre)
Other: Co-director and member of Songbird Sessions (Island Records and BMG Classics). The Lion King marks Gemma’s West End debut.

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Tramaine Lamy

Swing

Place of Birth: Trinidad, West Indies
Training: University of the West Indies
Theatre: Crazy For You; Fiddler on the Roof; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; The Sound of Music; Aida; Steel; An Evening of August
Television: Carnival Taste (CNMG)
Other: Tramaine was a performer with Disney Cruise Line for two years before making her West End debut in The Lion King.

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Stephanie Laughlin

Swing

Place of Birth: Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies
Training: Caribbean School of Dance, Trinidad; Marymount Manhattan College, New York
Television: The Brit Awards; MTV Europe Music Awards; The Royal Variety Performance; The X Factor; Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Other: Associate Choreographer with the Sports Presentation team for London 2012 Olympics. Worked with choreographers David Parsons, Doug Varone, Edwaard Liang, Pedro Ruiz, Frank Gatson, Jermaine Browne, HiHat and Tina Landon, and with recording artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Leona Lewis. The Lion King marks Stephanie’s West End debut.

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Francesco Lins

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Recife, Brazil
Training: Sao Jose Do Rio Preto Ballet, Criart Popular Culture, Centro De Danca Jaime Aroxa (Ballroom)
Theatre: Viva Brazil (German tour)
Other: P&O’s Pride of Bilbao Legends; TUI Cruises Island Escape – Magic of the Musicals. The Lion King marks Francisco’s West End debut.

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Andy Mace

Standby Scar & Pumbaa

Place of Birth: Chatham, England
Theatre: Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre and UK tour); Betty Blue Eyes (Novello Theatre); Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre); The Woman in White (Palace Theatre); Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre, O2 and Windsor Castle); Rent (Prince of Wales Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre); The Full Monty (Prince of Wales Theatre); Napoleon (Shaftesbury Theatre); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and UK tour); Troilus and Cressida (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and UAE tour) and Martin Guerre (Prince Edward Theatre)
Television: Finest Hour (BBC); The Royal Variety Performance; Blue Peter (BBC); The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV); Children in Need (BBC). Continuity announcer for Bravo TV.

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Scott Maurice

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Theatre: Never Forget (Savoy Theatre); Fame The Musical (UK tour); Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre); Hair (European tour); Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre)
Television: Top of the Pops, Blue Peter and Proms in the Park (BBC); LYNX TV special (MTV); Royal Caribbean; T4 on the Beach; The X Factor; The Graham Norton Show; Children in Need Rocks; The Grammy Awards; The MTV VMA Awards
Other: Scott is a patron of Pineapple Studios in London’s Covent Garden.

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Shelley Maxwell

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Training: La Escuela Nacional de Arte, Havana, Cuba; Edna Manley College, Jamaica; the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, New York
Theatre: Fela! (National Theatre, London)
Film: World War Z; Dancehall Queen
Other: Artistic director and choreographer for the Maxwell Dance Project ; principal dancer for The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica; dancer for the Tavaziva Dance Company, London.

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Phumlani Mazibuko

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Training: Wits University
Theatre:
Song For June 16
Television:
Memezq
Other: The Lion King marks Phumlani’s West End debut.

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Mduduzi Mkhethi

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Duduza, South Africa
Training: Mduduzi trained extensively in drama, music and dance in South Africa
Theatre: Maru; Malindi Sex Strike; Iso Broken Eye; Animal Farm; Trush Track; Umshado; Kwela Bafana (South Africa, Sibikwa Arts Centre)
Television: Rhythm City Ziyawala
Other: Recorded two gospel albums; Calvary and Khonza. The Lion King marks Mduduzi’s West End debut.

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Phumlani Mkhize

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: Storey Productions
Theatre:
Mighty Zulu Nation (Durban Playhouse); Native Blues (Catalina Theatre); The Lion King (Johannesburg, Taipei and Las Vegas)
Television: Dancing With the Stars
Other: The Lion King marks Phumlani’s West End debut.

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Sello Molefi

Swing

Place of Birth: Kroonstad, South Africa
Training: Fuba Academy, RSM London, Wits University
Theatre: The Lion King (Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai and Johannesburg)
Other: Sello has worked internationally as a composer for film and theatre including: Elephant Tales; Dance Through Me (Theatreworks, Melbourne); Roots and Shoots (Shanghai); C Sounds Music Project and MANTSWE (Gumbination Productions). The Lion King marks Sello’s West End debut.

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Candice Morris

Swing

Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Training: Ballet school, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (Kingston) and Florida International University
Other: Member of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica; founder of Dixie Claire Children’s Arts (Kingston).

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Crystal Nicholls

ENSEMBLE

Place of Birth: Barbados
Training: Ryerson University; The Ailey School Summer Intensive
Theatre: Sacra Conversazione, Intricate Freedom, Encounters, Sueno Habana (Ryerson Theatre).
Other: Crystal has performed on Princess Cruises. The Lion King marks Crystal’s West End debut.

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Darcel Osei

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Kingstown, Saint Vincent
Training: York University, Canada; Ailey School Summer Intensive, US; Jacob’s Pillow School, US
Film: Baiana (Bravo Facts)
Other: Ballet Creole Dance Company (Toronto); Kashedance Dance Company (Toronto). The Lion King marks Darcel’s West End debut.

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Kella Panay

Swing

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: London Studio Centre, English National Ballet School and Urdang Academy of Performing Arts
Theatre: Saturday Night Fever; Bombay Dreams (Apollo Theatre)
Television: The Royal Variety Performance; Top of the Pops; Blue Peter; Children in Need; Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Video: Spirit in the Sky (Gareth Gates); Shakalaka Baby (Black Dog Productions)
Other: Choreographed for Kali Theatre Company and Assistant Choreographer for Trevor Nunn’s Porgy and Bess.

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Alick Senelis

ENSEMBLE

Place of Birth: French Guiana
Training: Rick Odums Academy
Theatre: The Lion King (Théatre Mogador, Paris)
Music Video: Martin Solveig : Boys & Girls
Other: Alick has choreographed for various artists and concerts in France. He has also worked as a dancer appearing in concerts, theatre and television in Paris.

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Charlie Simmons

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Stevenage, England
Training: Bird College
Television: The Eurovision Song Contest
Film: CTRL
Other: The Lion King marks Charlie’s West End debut.

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Jahrel Thomas

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Bristol, England
Training: Liberatus School of Performing Arts
Theatre: Fame (Wyvern Theatre and Alexandra Theatre)
Television: Got to Dance (Sky)
Other: Clothes Show Live. The Lion King marks Jahrel’s West End debut.

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Kamilah Shawnte Turner

ENSEMBLE

Place of Birth: Oxford, England
Training: Diggs School of Dance; NC School of the Arts.
Theatre: Aida (US Tour); Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble; Urban Bush Women.
Other: The Lion King marks Kamilah’s West End debut.

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Nic Vani

Swing

Place of Birth: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Theatre: The Lion King (Holland)
Television: S.A.B.C1 for SAMA Awards; Gospel Gold
Other: The Lion King marks Nic’s West End debut.

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Craig Williams

Ensemble

Place of Birth: England
Training: The Urdang Academy
Theatre: Purlie; Jack and the Beanstalk; Spirit of Christmas; Thriller The Musical (UK and Scandanavian tours); The Genius of Ray Charles (UK and US tours, Monte Carlo)
Television: Stars in Their Eyes; The Royal Variety Performance (ITV)
Film: You, Me and Us
Other: The Lion King marks Craig’s West End debut.

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Stephen Carlile

Scar

Place of Birth: Bath, England
Training: Guildford School of Acting
Theatre: The Go-Between (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal & Derngate, and Derby), Perfect Pitch season at Trafalgar Studios, London; studio production of the new musical Bridget Jones’s Diary; Evita (European Tour); Twelfth Night for Creation Theatre Company; Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Don Giovanni; The Wizard of Oz (New Vic Theatre); Next Door’s Baby (Orange Tree, Richmond); Park Avenue (Lilian Baylis Theatre); By Jeeves (Eastbourne/tour); My Fair Lady (National Theatre, West End); The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); The Importance of Being Earnest (Jermyn Street); The Pirates of Penzance (Orange Tree, Richmond); The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Over My Shoulder (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford/tour); Snoopy! (Jermyn Street Theatre); Coward in Concert (Covent Garden Festival); Space Family Robinson (Pleasance)
Film: Brideshead Revisited for Miramax Pictures
Radio: The Postman and the Poet (Jay Records); Next Door’s Baby and Silk (both for Judd Music Ltd); Boscobel and A Night in the Ukraine (both for BBC Radio 4); Doctor Who (BBC/Big Finish); Peter Pan (Dress Circle); Songs From Jesus Christ Superstar (Jay Records); Vanity Fair and Over My Shoulder (TER Records)

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Cleveland Cathnott

Mufasa

Place of Birth: St Andrew, Jamaica
Training: University of the West Indies, Edna
Manley School for the Visual Arts
Theatre: The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre, London); Father Holung and Friends (Jamaica,
then international tour); Robin Baston’s Theatrical House (Jamaica)

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Gugwana Dlamini

Rafiki

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: Commintters Artists, South Africa
Theatre: The Lion King (London, US tour and Singapore); Sarafina; Township Fever; African National Congress 100th Anniversary
Film: Sarafina; Disney’s Dinosaur (soundtrack); The Lion King (soundtrack); Ipi Ntombi (soundtrack)
Radio: Mr Lampard (BBC)
Gugwana has recorded and performed with artists in South Africa including Lebo M, Johnny Clegg, Vusi Mahlasela, Lucky Dube, Jabu Khanyile, Ringo Madlingozo, Jimmy Dluldu, Moses Molelekwa and Victor Ntoni.

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Meilyr Sion

Zazu

Place of Birth: Aberystwyth, Wales
Training: University of Cardiff
Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest; Mappa Mundi; Hamlet (Theatre Wales Company); Everything Must Go (Sherman Theatre); Pinocchio (Sherman Theatre); Flora’s War (Clwyd Theatre)
Television: Holby City (BBC); High Hopes (BBC Wales)
Radio: The Fish Can Sing, What We Did on Our Holidays (Radio 4); Cymberline (Radio 3); Leaving, The Harder They Fall; Trouble Brewing (Radio Wales)
Other: Meilyr recently had a fourth children‘s book published with Gomer Press

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John Hasler

Timon

Place of Birth: London, England
Theatre: Conversations With My Father, Mirandolina, 40 Years On (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough); The Railway Children (touring); Brighton Beach Memoirs (English Theatre, Frankfurt); Macbeth (RSC); Pericles (Ludlow Castle); The Cub (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh); Lost in Yonkers (Mercury Theatre, Colchester); Tarnished Angel (Finborough Theatre); Peter Pan (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe); Cinderella (City Varieties Theatre, Leeds); Pinocchio (Arts Theatre, London); Oliver! (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield)
Television:
The Adventures of T-Bag (nine series); Renford Rejects; Casualty; The Bill; Against All Odds; Doctor at the Top; Harry’s Mad; The Mighty Hood
Film: Brazil; Breakout; 10 Arenas of Marwood
Radio: First Light, With a Little Help From My Friends, Travelling Light, Auntie Mame, One Chord Wonders, Together, Magenta in Orange/Pink, Go for It!, Well That’s One Way of Looking at It, Now You‘re Talking, Fairly Secret Agent, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Something to Think About/Forever Spring (all for BBC Radio)
Other: John has provided voice-overs for numerous television and film productions including: Fireman Sam, Get Squiggling, The Legends of Treasure Island, Teenage Fairy Tale Dropout, Chiro, Gnomeo & Juliet, Arthur Christmas, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Tales of the Night, High School Musical and the Disney/Pixar movie Brave. He has also recorded numerous commercials, computer games, educational resources and audiobooks

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Lee Ormsby

Pumbaa

Place of Birth: Bristol, England
Training: Middlesex University, Mountview Theatre School
Theatre: The Phantom of the Opera (25th Anniversary UK Tour); She Loves Me (Chichester Festival Theatre); Lend Me A Tenor (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall); Oliver! (Larnaca Cyprus); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Duchess Theatre UK tour); Murder Mystery Musical (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Chess In Concert (Royal Albert Hall); The Hokey Cokey Man (Hampstead New End); Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour & Cork Opera House); The Ceremony (Royal Festival Hall); Bouncers (Rondo Theatre)
Television: Emmerdale (ITV); Down To Earth (BBC); The Josie Lawrence Show (Channel 4); The Honey Siege (HTV); The Weekend Starts Here (HTV); The Democracy Game (Channel 4); Going Live! (BBC)
Film: Chess in Concert at The Royal Albert Hall (Warner/PBS); Displaced Person (Hemisphere Productions); The Nutcracker in 3D (Noisette); The Trilby Connection (Head Hacking Ltd)
Radio: Sunset Boulevard in Concert (BBC)
Other: Lee is a pianist, Musical Director, arranger and songwriter and his first composed 1995 musical based on Milton’s “Paradise Lost” is currently being reworked for a brand new concept album.

 

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Nicholas Nkuna

Simba

Place of Birth: Mpumalanga, South Africa
Training: Tshwane University of Technology
(Musical Theatre); Ball State University,
Muncie, Indiana (Musical Theatre)
Theatre: Rent; Parade; Assassins; Shaka Zulu The Musical; Oliver Twist; Dreamgirls; The Phantom of the Opera (Nicholas is the youngest actor to have played the role of The Phantom)
Other: Nicholas is a songwriter and arranger of gospel, soul and pop music

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Ava Brennan

Nala

Place of Birth: Liverpool, England
Training: The Loretta Legge Theatre School
Theatre: The Lion King (Hamburg and London); Aida; Hairspray; The Count of Monte Cristo; Miami Nights; Aladdin; Oklahoma!
Television: Blue Peter

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Daniel Norford

Banzai

Place of Birth: Plymouth, England
Training: East 15 Acting School, London
Theatre: The American Clock (Finborough Theatre); Estate Walls (Oval House Theatre); The Notebook of Trigorin (Finborough Theatre); Aladdin (Greenwich Theatre); Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian (Watford Palace Theatre); Caribbean Story (Hackney Empire and Arts Theatre); Cinderella (Watford Palace Theatre); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (China tour); Multiplex (Theatre Royal Plymouth) and The Full Monty (tour)
Film: Driftwood, Small-Time Revolutionary and Smile

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Me’sha Bryan

Shenzi

Place of Birth: Wolverhampton, England
Training: Vocaltech, London
Theatre: The Little Shop of Horrors (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Ragtime (Piccadilly Theatre); The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Repertory Theatre); Creation (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Been So Long (Young Vic Theatre); Queen of the Buffalo; Matthew R. Jameson’s Bush Tales
Television: Live 8; Concert For Diana; Jools Holland; Friday Night with Jonathan Ross; Die Ultimative Chart Show; Manu Katché’s One Shot Not; BBC 6 Music Sessions; The Dylan Sessions; Live at St. Luke’s
Other: Me’sha has toured or recorded with Bryan Ferry, Beverley Knight, Heaven 17, Roxy Music, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Russell Watson, Donovan, Chicane, Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx, Lisa Miskovsky, The Transit Kings, Jennifer Ellison, The Counterfeit Stones, Roy Wood and La Roux. Recordings for Kylie Minogue, Victoria Beckham, S Club 7, S Club Juniors, The Appletons, Gareth Gates and Popstars: The Rivals. Supported Bryan Ferry and Sandi Thom on tour, headlined her own concerts and released a nine track album of original music entitled “Maybe Today”.

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Philip Oakland

Ed

Place of Birth: Colchester, England
Training: Webber Douglas, Peterhouse, Cambridge
Theatre: A Rake’s Progress (Strangeface Theatre); The Vaudevillains (Les Enfants Terribles); The Mouse Who Saved Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Canterbury Tales, The Men’s Room (all for Icon Theatre); The Old Curiosity Shop; Whisky Galore; Straw-Headed Peter; These Things Do Happen; Country Voices; Pinocchio (all for NTC); Peer Gynt (Hackney Empire); Robin Hood (Greenwich Theatre); Stepping on the Cracks; The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Catch a Falling Star (Snap Theatre)
Other: Writer of We’ll Call You (Mercury Theatre)

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Nana Agyeman-Bediako

Young Simba

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Stagecoach
Theatre: The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre)
Television: Top Boy (Channel 4), Nick Jnr, Ministry of Curious Stuff (BBC)
Film: Hummingbird

JudeBlake

Jude Blake

Young Simba

Place of Birth: Newport, South Wales
Training:
Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
Theatre: South Pacific (Bristol Hippodrome)

DanielDaszekGreen

Daniel Daszek-Green

Young Simba

Place of Birth: London, England
Training:
Stagecoach
Other:
Battle of the Bands, Borough Competition, Chinese New Year, London Parade. The Lion King mark’s Daniels professional debut.

TahaElamin

Taha Elamin

Young Simba

Place of Birth: Solihull, England
Training: Stagecoach
Other: The Lion King marks Taha’s professional debut.

DonicaElliston

Donica Elliston

Young Nala

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Helen O’Grady Academy, CTA London
Theatre:
IPOP (Los Angeles) winning Actress of the Year and medal for Best Scene
Other:
Her poem My Hero was published in the Leukaemia Cancer Society book.

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Solomon Gordon

Young Simba

Place of Birth: Northampton, England
Training: Stagecoach
The Lion King marks Solomon’s professional debut.

JessicaKesse

Jessica Kesse

Young Nala

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Celebrity Talent Academy, Make Believe Drama School
Theatre: Annie The Musical (Bloomsbury Theatre)
Other: Jessica was in the music video ‘Black Mood’ by Scoundrels.

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Nicole Manumbre

Young Nala

Place of Birth: Birmingham, England
Training: Spotlight Stage School
Theatre: English Youth Ballet and Lake (Wolverhampton Grand Theatre); The King and I (Birmingham Hippodrome)

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Bradley Morton

Young Simba

Place of Birth: Oxford, England
Training: Stagecoach
The Lion King marks Bradley’s professional
debut.

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Eve Midgley

Young Nala

Place of Birth: Knysna, South Africa
Training: Scala Performing Arts School
Theatre: The King and I (Alhambra Theatre, Bradford); South Pacific (Leeds Grand Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK Tour)

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Phoenix Powell

Young Nala

Place of Birth: Florida, USA
Training: Sylvia Young Theatre School
Television: A Poem Is… (Disney Channel)

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Sophia Tejero

Young Nala

Place of Birth: Birmingham, England
Training: Spotlight Stage School, Solihull
Theatre: English Youth Theatre Ballet (Wolverhampton Grand); The King and I (Birmingham Hippodrome)

KellyAgbowu

Kelly Agbowu

Swing

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: London School of Musical Theatre
Theatre: Rent (Greenwich Theatre); Parade (Southwark Playhouse); The Human Comedy (Young Vic); Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (The Shaw Theatre); Bernada Alba (Bridewell Theatre); Through the Wire (Old Vic); Where I Come From (The Albany Theatre)
Television: Cop School (BBC)
Film: Dreams of a Life (Film 4 / Camp Films)

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Tovah-Marie Bembridge

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Jamaica
Training: The School of Dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica
Other: Performed with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica in Jamaica, the US and the Caribbean (including choreography by Professor the Honourable Rex Nettleford, Clive Thompson, Eduardo Rivera and Arsenio Andrade-Calderon). Choreographed works for the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica’s Young Choreographers showcases.

BethzyCharadan

Bethzy Charadan

Swing

Place of Birth: Guantanamo, Cuba
Training: ENA – Escuela Nacional de Arte (Danza Moderna y Contemporanea)
Theatre: Aida (Stade de France, Paris); Dancer at James Carlès Dance Company (Toulouse, France); The Lion King (Théâtre Mongador, Paris); various variety shows in France; shows in Beijing ; The Lion King (Disneyland, Paris)

JaniqueCharles

Janique Charles

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Trinidad and Tobago
Theatre: West Side Story (National Academy for Performing Arts in Trinidad and Tobago)

NombuleloChili

Nombulelo Chili

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Eshowe, South Africa
Training: KCAP
Theatre: Madame President (Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre)
Other: The Lion King marks Nombulelo’s professional debut.

BiancaCordice

Bianca Cordice

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Bird College
Other: Music videos for Toochi and LDB; Cheerleader for Saracens Rugby; performer with The Saturdays, Chipmunk and Eliza Doolittle. The Lion King marks Bianca’s professional debut.

SupDhanasunthorn

Sup Dhanasunthorn

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Bangkok, Thailand
Training: American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC
Theatre: Aida (Royal Albert Hall); Miss Saigon (Merry Go Round Playhouse, New York)
Television: Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Film: 47 Ronin (Universal)
Other: Choreographer for Embody Productions

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Zinhle Dube

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Other: Winner of Pop Stars in South Africa in 2010 and sang at the funeral of South African icon Mam Walter Sisulu in front of more than 30 thousand people. The Lion King marks Zinhle’s professional debut.

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Teisha Duncan

Ensemble/Sarabi

Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Training: The Edna Manlay College of the Visual and Performing Arts, The Jamaica School of Drama (Drama in Education) and Howard University (Musical Theatre)
Theatre: Caroline, or Change (Gallery Players); Sarafina (Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts); Bubbling Brown Sugar (Stage Door Theatre, Florida); The Bluest Eye (Dominican Republic); The Secret Garden (Adventure Theatre); Tartuffe (Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts); Charlie’s Angels (Centerstage Theatre); Who God Bless (The Little Theatre)
Other: Teisha has worked internationally as an actress, director and educator

ThibaultDurand

Thibault Durand

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Seoul, Korea
Training: CV Prod of Paris
Theatre: Lili Lampion (Théâtre de Paris); The Lion King (Mogador, Paris); 80 Jours (Paris); Pinocchio (Paris); Dora the Explorer (France tour); Attention Mesdames et Messieurs (Folies Bergère, Paris); Noël Magique (Alhambra, Paris); Swinging Fantasy (Paris)
Television: Plaisir de nuire, joie de décevoir (Trajectoire Givrée)
Film: Banlieue 13 Ultimatum (EuropaCorp); From Paris With Love (EuropaCorp) Other: Le Jour J (Epic Sony Music)

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Thabo Gwadiso

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Johannesburg
Theatre: The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre, London)
Other: Thabo has worked extensively as a vocalist for various South African artists
including: Kwela Tebza; Don Laka; Tebs David; Solly Mahlangu and Palesa

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Iamnia Montalvo Hernadez

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Havana, Cuba
Training: ENA – Escuela Nacional de Arte (Danza Moderna y Contemporánea)
Theatre: Tarzan (Germany); Jesus Christ Superstar (Theater Ingolstadt); Wella Trend Vision Award 2007, Barcelona; Love Travels (Theatre Madame Lothar, Bremen)
Other: Teacher/trainer for Decaying Dance to the ENA (Espertaculos of Musical), Cuba. Teacher/trainer/choreographer of Latin American dances

ElisaChou

Elisa Chou Hsieh

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Madrid, Spain
Training: En Directo Rosa Rey and Karen Taft
Other: The Lion King marks Elisa’s professional debut.

KwesiJeffers

Kwesi Jeffers

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Trinidad and Tobago
Training: University of the West Indies
Theatre: Villains Tonight, Twice Charmed (Disney Cruise Lines, Mediterranean cruise); Jesus Christ Superstar (Queen‘s Hall, Trinidad); The Little Mermaid (Queen‘s Hall, Trinidad)
Other: Soloist/choir member in the Love Movement Choir charity concert; Reflections of Love (Adam Smith Square, Trinidad)

AikoKato

Aiko Kato

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Ishikawa, Japan
Training: Kajikawa Ballet School (Japan); the Northern Ballet School (UK)
Theatre: The King and I (Royal Albert Hall,  Leicester and UK and Ireland tour); Swan Lake
and Coppélia (The Vienna Festival Ballet, UK tour)
Television: The Pet Shop Boys (The Brit Awards 2009)

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Andrew Keelan

Standby Cover Timon, Zazu, Pumbaa & Ed

Place of Birth: Lancashire, England
Training: Royal Academy of Music
Theatre: Lend Me a Tenor (Gielgud Theatre); The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Side by Side by Sondheim (Leicester Square Theatre); The Woman in White (Palace Theatre); Showboat (Royal Albert Hall); Les Misérables (Palace Theatre); Blood Brothers (Phoenix Theatre and UK tour); The Sound of Music (Kilworth House Theatre); The Secret Garden (Byre Theatre, St. Andrews); Evita (Pattichion Amphitheatre, Cyprus); Jesus Christ Superstar (Scandinavian Tour); Chess (BIC Bournemouth), The Andrew Lloyd Webber Gala Concert (European Tour); Les Misérables Gala Concert (Scandinavian Tour); The Golden Key (Greenwich Theatre); Inkel and Yarico (Covent Garden Festival); Merrily We Roll Along (Jack Lyons Theatre); The Cherry Orchard (Jack Lyons Theatre, London)
Television: Midsomer Murders
Film: Every Day in Autumn; Killing Time; Quiddity
Radio: Jubilee (BBC)
Other: Original cast recordings of The Woman in White and Lend me a Tenor.

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Hope Maine

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Matlosana, North West Province, South Africa
Training: Word of Mouth workshops, Brain  Kenneth
Theatre: The Lion King (Singapore)
Television: Spirit Word Channel (third place for Africa); International Student Convention (USA); presenter on SWS (Spirit Word Sound)

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Mariano Manzella

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Termini Imerese, Palermo, Sicily
Training: Cinzia Cona Academy, Ials, Rome
Theatre: Empedocle (Temple de la Concòrdia); Pittorika (Metropolitan Catania); La lupa (Teatro Massimo, Palermo); L’arca di giada musical (Italian tour)
Film: Cha Cha Cha (Marco Risi)
Other: Amway with Luc Petit Creation, Munchen

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Giovanni Napoli

Swing/Dance Captain/Fight Captain

Place of Birth: Fort-de-France, Martinique (FWI)
Training: The Ailey School/Fordham University (BFA in Dance); Dance Theatre of Harlem School, American Musical and Dramatic Academy (New York); Le Centre National de la Danse (Paris)
Theatre: The Lion King (Paris, Hamburg); Notre-Dame de Paris (Asia and West End)
Television: Jean-Paul Goude and as model in Tribute to Grace Jones; série Engrenages (Canal +)
Film: Fais danser la poussière (France 2)
Other: Giovanni has danced in ballets choreographed by Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Wanjiru Kamuyu and Karen Arceneaux, and participated in workshops with William Forsythe and Ballet Anjelin Preljocaj.

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Anna Ella Neocel

Swing/Dance Captain

Place of Birth: Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Training: Ecole de danse de Villejuif, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Alvin Ailey School
Theatre: Performed with Geraldine Armstrong, Amer Babel, Calli’Omada and Raphael Oliver.

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Nosipho Nkonqa

Swing

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa
Training: Wendy Fine Singing Studio and Artscape Choral Training Programme
Theatre: The Lion King (Holland, South Africa, Taipei and Singapore); Nabucco; Aqua Opera; Faust; La bohème
Television: Holland Music Awards (SBS6)

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Mark Peachey

Standby Scar and Pumbaa

Place of Birth: Leicester, England
Training: East 15 Acting School
Theatre: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour); Mr Stink (original UK tour); The Gruffalo (Duchess and Criterion, London); Stuart Little (UK tour); The Prince of the Pagodas (Royal Opera House); The Comedy of Errors (Hungary); Twelfth Night (UK tour); The Tempest (Young Shakespeare Company); Jack and the Beanstalk (Wyvern Theatre, Swindon); Snow White (Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock); Plague of Innocence (Leicester Haymarket Theatre)
Television: Doctors (BBC)
Film: One Minutes, Tessa

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Lloyd Rathebe

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa
Training: The Backyard Theatre Group
Theatre: Rumba in the Jungle (Sun City Super Bowl); Ipi Ntombi (Sydney and New Zealand); Gumboots (Playhouse Theatre, London); The Lion King (South Africa, Taipei and Singapore)
Television: eKasi: Our Stories – A Good Wife (SABC1 Generations, ETV)

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Lovonne Richards

ENSEMBLE

Place of Birth: Kingston, Jamaica
Other: The Lion King marks Lovonne’s professional debut.

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Tarisha Rommick

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Antigua
Training: Millennium Performing Arts
Theatre: Anthems (Royal Albert Hall); Fame (UK tour); Footloose (UK tour); Chess in Concert (Royal Albert Hall); Carmen Jones (Royal Festival Hall)
Film: About a Boy

JulienRoussel

Julien Roussel

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London
Training: Lewisham College/Central School of Ballet
Theatre: Life! (NeoBallet at the Place, 2012); understudy Aladdin, Aladdin (Evolution at the Octagon Theatre, 2012); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre 2009-2011); The Beauty of Magic (Stage Entertainment, European arena tour 2008); understudy Peter Pan, Peter Pan (First Family, Manchester Opera House 2008); Swan Lake (Vienna Festival Ballet UK Tour 2008); Carmen (English National Opera, Coliseum 2005); Firebird (Dance Theatre of Harlem, Sadler’s Wells)
Television: The 2012 Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games
Film: Cocktail (Illuminati Films 2011); Filth and Wisdom (Semtex Films, Madonna 2007)

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Jean Salamao

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Brazil
Training: Balé Folclórico da Bahia, Grupo de capoeira Farol da Bahia
Theatre: Teatro Miguel Santana: Balé folclórico da Bahia (Bahia de todas as cores); Teatro Castro Alves: Balé Folclórico da Bahia (Rapizódia Nordestina); Balé Folclórico da Bahia (tour EUA); Batuque Samba Show (Portugal); Warriors of Brazil (Australian tour); The Lion King (Hamburg)
Television: The Lion King (Germany)

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Louis-Cyril Tiquant

Swing

Place of Birth: Martinique
Training: Studied Theatre, Music and Sound Engineering
Theatre: The Lion King (Paris)
Other: Louis has written and produced a number of albums.

TumeloTokgwi

Tumelo Tokgwi

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Klerksdorp, South Africa
Training: Technikon Witwatersrand
Theatre: The Journey (Teatro Theatre, South Africa); The Lion King (Disneyland, Hong Kong)
Other: Joyous Celebration member (JCD); Muzika Wa Marhadu; Vuyo Mokena’s back-up singer and sang for President Jacob Zuma on Presidential Breakfast.

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Anna van Ruiten

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Tanzania
Training: Guildford School of Acting, Codarts University for the Arts, International Theatre School DNA
Theatre: Kraskrasi (Stella Theatre, The Hague); Amandla! Mandela (Netherlands tour); Annie (Netherlands tour); Little Women in Concert (The Playhouse Theatre)
Television: Musical Awards Gala (RTL)

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Marcel J Whyte

Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: London College of Music
Theatre: Shake It Down (Savona Theatre, Italy)
Television: Top Boy 2 (Channel 4)
Film: Spirital Fantoma (Asjid Khan Productions); It’s Only 20p (Populus Pictures); Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Brothers)
Other: The Lion King marks Marcel’s professional debut.

JermaineWoods

Jermaine Woods

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Hastings, England
Training: Sylvia Young Theatre School, Laine Theatre Arts
Theatre: Peter Pan (Hawth Theatre, Crawley); Aladdin (Cambridge Arts Theatre); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre, London); Coppélia (White Rock Theatre, Hastings); All England Dance (Peacock Theatre, London); Sunday Night at the Palladium (London Palladium)
Television: Born to Shine (ITV/Kewwhizz); CBeebies (CBBC); As the Bell Rings (Disney Channel); Coming Down the Mountain (BBC); Yo Gabba Gabba!, The Fountain, Lewis (ITV); Miss Marple (Granada Television); The Paul O‘Grady Show – Bugsy Malone episode (Channel 4)
Other: Save the Children, Princess Anne (Natural History Museum); West End Live

JeffreyYoung

Jeffrey Young

Swing

Place of Birth: Oslo, Norway
Training: Oslo National Academy of the Arts
Other: The Lion King marks Jeffrey’s professional debut.

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Charlene Zijlstra

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Training: Royal Conservatory, the Hague; National Ballet Academy, Amsterdam; Dance
Academy Lucia Marthas, Amsterdam
Theatre: Miss Saigon (Netherlands); High School Musical (Netherlands)
Other: Various productions for the Dutch Opera, Nike (Austria, USA and Netherlands); various fashion/dance shows for Viktor & Rolf, Met Jeans and AIFW; concerts with Lionel Richie and Diana Ross in Symphonica (Rosso, Arnheim)

BongaZulu

Bonga Zulu

Ensemble

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa
Training: Universal Creative Arts
Theatre: The Lion King (Singapore); The Mighty Zulu Nation – Africa Africa, Native Blues (musical comedy)