George AspreyScar

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: LAMDA

Theatre: Chicago (UK tour); They’re Playing Our Song and Private Lives (EnglishTheatre, 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: The Crown (Netflix), 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

Shaun EscofferyMufasa

Place of Birth: East London, England

Training: Barking College of Performing Arts

Theatre: Parade, 2008 Olivier Award nomination (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 sang the national anthem for Lennox Lewis who was defending his heavyweight title against Mike Tyson.

Other: Shaun has signed major recording contracts with Sony Music and EMI Music and produced four critically acclaimed albums, entitled: Shaun Escoffery, Soulonica, Move Into Soul and Evergreen, which had worldwide releases. In 2014, Shaun released his album In The Red Room (Dome Records), which was awarded Radio 2’s Album of the Week. The first single from the album, “Nature’s Call”, entered the UK Airplay Top 30. In 2016 Shaun released a new album titled Evergreen which featured Joss Stone among others. In addition to this, Shaun has performed at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, Royal Festival Hall with Burt Bacharach, Jools Holland, The Big Sing On Songs Of Praise, Battle Of Britain and Children in Need at The Royal Albert Hall.

Gugwana DlaminiRafiki

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa

Training: Committed Artists Academy

Theatre: Sarafina, Township Fever, Unity in Diversity (South Africa), The Lion King (London, UK Tour, Singapore, USA)

Television: Generations The Legacy (South Africa)

Other: Gugwana can be heard on the original Disney movie soundtracks of The Lion King and Dinosaur. She also appeared in Sarafina the Movie and performed with Lucky Dube, Vusi Mahlasela, Bayete, Sankomota and Victor Ntoni. Gugwana was also heard in the BBC Radio play: 'Dear Mr Lampard', together with various South African artists.

Gary JordanZazu

Place of Birth: Southampton, England

Training: Guildford School of Acting

Theatre: Grease (Victoria Palace); Anyone Can Whistle (Savoy); High Society (UK tour); Avenue Q (Theatre Royal, Windsor); A Class Act (Landor); Half A Sixpence (P&O Cruises); Fame (Silja line, Finland) Playdays Live (UK tour); Annie (Shanklin Theatre); West Side Story (Greenwich Theatre); Singin’ In The Rain (Shanklin Theatre); Buddy (P&O Cruises); Sweeney Todd (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre); Cinderella (Bournemouth Pavillion); Jack and the Beanstalk (Porthcawl Pavilion)

Television: ZingZillas

Other: Gary is also a pianist and musical director, he has worked with many drama schools and cabarets in and around London.

Jamie McGregorTimon

Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand

Training: New Zealand College of Performing Arts

Theatre: The Lion King (International, Australian and Asian tours); The Schelling Point (Old Fitz Theatre, Australia); Sydney Ghost Stories (Old Fitz Theatre Australia); Jay’s Place (Sydney Theatre); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Sydney Theatre); Blood Brothers (Stetson, New Zealand Tour); The Wind in the Willows (Circa Theatre, New Zealand); Kidstuff (New Zealand); Noises Off (Circa Theatre, New Zealand); Sweeney Todd (Downstage Theatre, New Zealand); 4 Doors and a Sofa (Independent Theatre, New Zealand); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Centre Point Theatre, New Zealand); Dirty Weekends (Centre Point Theatre, New Zealand)

Television: Home and Away; The Tribe

The Lion King marks Jamie’s West End debut.

Mark RoperPumbaa

Place of Birth: Birkenhead, England

Training: Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art

Theatre: Memphis (Shaftesbury Theatre); The Lion King (LyceumTheatre and UK tour); Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Jailhouse Rock (Piccadilly Theatre); Calamity Jane (Sadler’s Wells);Leonardo (Strand Theatre); Sweeney Todd (Royal Festival Hall); Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Alice in Wonderland (Birmingham Repertory Theatre);A Midsummer Night’s Dream,Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Pirates of Penzance,Where’s Charley? (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre);Macbeth, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Drums in theNight, Oklahoma! (Liverpool Playhouse); Fear and Misery of the Third Reich (Young Vic); When We Are Married, The Crucible, A View From The Bridge, Pacific Overtures, Sunday in the Park with George, Carousel, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, The Rocky Horror Show (Leicester Haymarket) and Tranmere (SWA).

Television: Whiskey Cavalier; The Inbetweeners; Humans; The Windsors; Game Of Thrones; Lucky Man; Delicious; Starlings; Little Crackers; Dream Team; Love, Lies and Records; Josh; Moving On; The Crimson Field; Life’s Too Short; Line of Duty; Inside Men; My Family; Hustle; After You’ve Gone; Silent Witness; Billy Goats Gruff; Dalziel and Pascoe, Mersey Beat; Desperados; Doctors; Grange Hill; Rough Justice; The Beggar Bride; Law and Order: UK; The Whistleblowers, Mike Bassett: Manager; Open Wide; Peak Practice; Coronation Street; The Bill; She’s Out; Undercover Customs; The Good Guys .

Voiceover for Robocar Poli; Paw Patrol (Nick Jnr) Amnesia (video game) and many others

Film: Disobedience; Allied; Les Misérables; Jack the Giant Slayer; The Da Vinci Code; Pierrepoint; Blitz; Anglo Saxon Attitudes

Radio: A Room of One’s Own (Radio 4); Lazytown Radio, Dogbear (BBC7).

Nick AfoaSimba

Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand

Training: Auckland University of Technology, Kings College Auckland New Zealand

Theatre: The Lion King (Australian tour)

Other: Before beginning a career in musical theatre, Nick was a New Zealand Rugby representative during his teenage years and a member of the under 19’s World Cup winning-team in 2005. He has also performed the national anthem prior to the All Blacks test matches.

The Lion King marks Nick’s West End debut.

Janique CharlesNala

Place of Birth: Trinidad & Tobago

Theatre: The Lion King (UK tour)

The Lion King marks Janique’s West End debut.

Meloné M’kenzyShenzi

Place of Birth: Manchester, England

Training: Middlesex University

Theatre: Aladdin (New Wimbledon Theatre); Stomp (Ambassadors Theatre & World tour); Dick Whittington (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); How Lion Became King of Tinga Tinga (UK tour); Back to Bacharach- Magic Moments (UK tour)

Television: Live at the London Palladium; The Box; The Big Breakfast; Fully Booked; Viva Europe; London Tonight; Alan Carr: Chatty Man. Meloné also made a television appearance in the Olympic Closing Ceremony as part of a STOMP performance.

Other: Meloné has signed recording contracts with Chrysalis Records and Sony Music under the stage name Martay. Her debut single ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ featured ZZ Top and entered the top 30 in the UK charts and Germany. Meloné has also featured as a solo artist for The Rebel MC; The Urban Cookie Collective; Mike Oldfield; Erroll Brown and Yasir Aktar.

Meloné has provided backing vocals for Heather Smalls, Kim Wilde, Dina Carroll, Matt Henry, Foxes and Etienne Daho; has penned songs for Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding and Leah Weller and co-written songs with Matt Henry. Meloné is the original vocalist and lyricist for all-female music collective High On Heels.

David BlakeBanzai

Place of Birth: St Andrew, Jamaica

Training: Cathy Levy Performing Arts Academy, California State University

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: David was a principle dancer with the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica, he also performed with various dance companies in California. David holds a BA in Marketing from the California State University and a Professional Dance Teaching Licentiate from IDTA.

Barnaby ThompsonEd

Place of Birth: Blackpool, England

Training: Laine Theatre Arts

Theatre: Follies (National Theatre); On The Town (Regent’s Park); Chicago (Marina Bay Sands Theatre, Singapore);  42nd Street (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park); Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic); Elf The Musical (Dominion Theatre); Oklahoma (UK tour); Wizard Of Oz (Madinat Theatre, Dubai); Cats (Internatonal tour); Legally Blonde (UK tour); The Band Wagon (Sadler’s Wells); Me And My Girl (Sheffield Crucible); Candide (Hyogo, Japan); The Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre); Peter Pan (Birmingham REP); Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Mary Poppins (Prince Edward); Mamma Mia! (International tour);  Anything Goes (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Grease (UK tour)

Television: The Slammer; The IT Crowd

Film: Beyond The Sea

Zion GardnerYoung Simba

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: AkomaAsa Performing Arts School; The Lion King Cub School

Theatre: Kinky Boots (West End)

Other: Zion appeared in a The Big Moon music video for the song 'Happy New Year'

Naya LuenaYoung Nala

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: The Lion King Cub School, AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy.

Theatre: The Four Corners by Ukachi Akalawu & Freddie-Opoku-Addaie (Southbank), BATUKE! Festival & N’da Dance (Rich Mix), Hansel & Gretel by Uchenna Dance (The Place).

Other: Naya also performed at the Abolition & Commemoration of the Transatlantic Slave Trade at London City Hall.

The Lion King marks Naya’s West End debut.

John MadondoYoung Simba

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: The Lion King Cub School; AkomaAsa Performing Arts Academy

The Lion King marks John’s West End debut.

Samuel O’LoughlinYoung Simba

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Colins Performing Arts; KA Arts; The Lion King Cub School

Television: Call the Midwife

Other: Samuel has appeared in television commercials for Asda, Ferrero Kinder and Currys PC World

The Lion King marks Samuel’s West End debut.

Jay-Jay PrinceYoung Simba

Place of Birth: Northampton, England

Training: Top Hat Theatre School; The Lion King Cub Academy

Theatre:Thriller Live (West End & European tour)

Other: Jay-Jay has featured in a television commercial for Tesco and a radio and television commercial for Calor Gas.

Avive Savannah WilliamsYoung Nala

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: AkomaAsa Performing Arts; The Lion King Cub School

The Lion King marks Avive’s West End debut.

Monaé WilsonYoung Nala

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: The Lion King Cub School

The Lion King marks Monaé’s West End debut.

Eva YoungYoung Nala

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Italia Conti Associates

Television: Game Changers; The Reluctant Landlord

The Lion King marks Eva’s West End debut.

Etian A AlmeidaSwing

Place of Birth: Pinar Del Rio, Cuba

Training: National School of Arts (Havana Cuba)

Theatre: Heartbeat of Home (Chinese tour); Havana Rakatan (UK tour)

Television: Frank Sinatra “My Way” (BBC); The Royals (E!Network); Bring the Noise (Sky); Lip Sync Battle UK (Channel 5); The Norouz Show (Manoto 1)

Other: Etian appeared as a dancer on EastEnders Does Top Hat for BBC Children in Need.

Lila AndersonEnsemble

Place of Birth: Philippines

Training: SLP College Leeds

Theatre: Jack and the Beanstalk (Theatre Royal Norwich)

The Lion King marks Lila’s West End debut.

Merryl AnsahEnsemble

Place of Birth: Virginia, U.S.A

Training: National Youth Music Theatre; The Royal Academy of Music

Theatre: Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (UK tour); Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Royal Academy of Music); Into The Woods (Music Theatre Bristol).

Thanduxolo BooiEnsemble

Place of Birth: Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Theatre: Impempe Yomlingo (The Magic Flute) Germany Isango Ensemble; The Lion King (Shanghai, China).

The Lion King marks Thanduxolo’s West End debut.

Gabriel BrasilioEnsemble

Place of Birth: Brazil

Training: Sopro Cia. de Dança and Ballet Adriana Assaf

Theatre: Cats (Teatro Abril, Brazil); The Merry Widow (Theatro São Pedro, Brazil); The Lion King (Teatro Renault, Brazil)

Other: Previously a gymnast, Gabriel performed as circus acrobat at Circo Spacial, Circo Roda Brasil and Turma da Mônica no Mundo do Circo.

The Lion King marks Gabriel’s West End debut.

Kanika CarrEnsemble

Place of Birth: Baltimore, USA

Training: Central School of Ballet

Theatre: Coming Together, Vessels, Return, Brahms Variations, New Bach (Dance Theatre of Harlem); TedXTottenham; Bristol Harbor Festival; Arts Events Canary Wharf; Christopher Marneys Dogs Don’t Do Ballet

Other: Kanika was a Senior Artist with Ballet Black in the Royal Opera House until 2016. Kanika was voted ‘Dancer of the Month’ by Dancing Times in April 2015.

Donna ClovisSwing

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: London School of Musical Theatre; BRIT School of Performing Arts

Theatre: 20th Century Boy (UK tour); Little Shop of Horrors (UK tour); Dancing in the Streets (International tour); Hair (European tour); A Dream Across The Ocean (Hackney Empire); The Blues Brothers Revival (Dublin); Peter Pan (New Wimbledon Theatre; Richmond Theatre)

The Lion King marks Donna’s West End debut.

Azola DlaminiEnsemble

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.

Kuan FryeSwing

Place of Birth: London, England
Training: Sylvia Young Theatre School
Theatre: Thriller Live! (Lyric & Dominion Theatres); Caroline, or Change (National Theatre); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Matilda the Musical (RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre).
Television: Episodes, 3rd & Bird, Britain’s Got Talent
Radio: Kizzy
Other: Kuan makes a welcome return to The Lion King having been part of the 2007 London Company.

Kevin FullinckSwing

Place of Birth: Groningen, The Netherlands

Training: Artist of music at KTM Noorderpoortcollege

Theatre: The Lion King (Circustheater, The Netherlands)

Television: The Voice of Holland

The Lion King marks Kevin’s West End debut.

Debôrah GodchaserSwing

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Bird College of Dance, Music & Theatre Performance, Keneish Dance, Kingdom Drama School

Theatre: Bring It On (Studio Theatre, Sidcup); Hello Dolly (Studio Theatre, Sidcup); Seasons

(The Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Cirque (The Orchard Theatre, Dartford)

Television: Queen’s 60th Coronation Festival Gala 2013

Other: Debôrah has also assisted and choreographed for One Youth

The Lion King marks Debôrah’s West End debut.

Jamie GoldingStandby 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 NewZealand tour); The Best of Times (Bridewell Theatreand Vaudeville Theatre); The Beautiful Game (SydmontonFestival and CambridgeTheatre); Alice in Wonderland (RSC, Barbican and Stratford-upon-Avon); Urinetown (London workshop); The Canterville Ghost (UKtour); 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: Jamie featured on the original cast album of The Beautiful Game as well as Rusty on the 15th anniversaryrecording of Starlight Express in Germany.

Sandile GontsanaEnsemble

Place of birth: Cape Town, South Africa

Training: College of Music University of Cape Town

Theatre: The Lion King (Australian tour)

The Lion King marks Sandile’s West End debut.

Du-Wayne HindsEnsemble

Place of Birth: Barbados

Training: The Barbados Community College; University of the West Indies; St. Augustine Dance Strides Barbados

Theatre: The Crucible (Trinidad & Tobago); The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Barbados); Rashomon (Trinidad &

Tobago); What Good For The Goose (Crop Over Folk Concert, Barbados); Sounds of Resistance (Carifesta, Haiti)

Television: National Heroes of Barbados

Radio: Coca Cola and Scotia Bank

Barbados advertisements voice over.

The Lion King marks Du-Wayne’s West End debut.

Makoto IsoEnsemble

Place of birth: Japan

Training: Central School of Ballet and The Hastings Stage Studio

Theatre: King and I (Leicester Curve and UK tour), Hello Dolly (Leicester Curve)

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.

Wilson KiiruEnsemble

Place of birth: London, England

Training: The Urdang Academy

Theatre: Motown the Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre)

Garry LakeStandby Scar & Pumbaa

Place of Birth: Bridgend, Wales

Training: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Theatre: We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Saturday Night Fever (Victoria Apollo); Batman Live (O2 & International Arena tour); Little Shop of Horrors (Theatr Clwyd); Side By Side By Sondheim (Gordon Craig Theatre); Jekyll & Hyde (Original UK tour); Dick Whittington Rock & Roll Pantomime (Wolsey Theatre); Grapes of Wrath; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Silas Marner (Theatr Clwyd); Twits (Byre Theatre)

Television:The Crown; Harley & The Davidsons; Torchwood

Other: Garry also works as a writer, composer, producer and director. Writing achievements include Jest End (Jermyn Street); Like Me (The Arts Theatre London; The Duplex Theatre New York); If I Can Dream - The New Elvis Musical.

Tramaine LamySwing

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. Tramaine was awarded the 2009 Cacique award for best female performer in a musical for her performance in Beauty and the Beast.

Lamoi LeonSwing

Place of Birth: St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Training: Dekalb School Of The Arts

Radio: Focus VI (WSTA)

The Lion King marks Lamoi’s West End debut.

Francisco LinsSwing

Place of Birth: Recife, Brazil

Training: São Jose do Rio Preto Ballet, Criart Popular Culture, Centro de Danca Jaime Arôxa (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.

Stephanie Tsz Maan LoEnsemble

Place of Birth: Hong Kong, China

Training: Northern Ballet School

Television: Fired by Mum and Dad (MTV)

The Lion King marks Stephanie’s West End debut.

Nonhlanhla MakhathiniSwing

Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

Training: Ballet Theatre Afrikan; National School of the Arts; Tshwane University of Technology

Theatre: Cinderella (B.T.A National Tour); Coppelia, Swan Lake & Les Rendezvous (Breytenbach Theatre SA); The Lion King (South Africa, Taiwan, UK tour)

The Lion King marks Nonhlanhla’s West End debut.

Sadia McEwenSarabi / Ensemble

Place of Birth: London, England

Training: Westminster Kingsway College

Theatre: The Soul Legends (UK tour); The Magic Of Motown (UK tour)

Other: Sadia has also performed on various cruise liners including Holland America, Celebrity Equinox, Royal Caribbean, MSC, Saga and P&O.

The Lion King marks Sadia’s West End debut.

Phumlani MkhizeEnsemble

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

The Lion King marks Phumlani’s West End debut.

Keitumetse MoleaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Pretoria, South Africa

Training: Dramatic Art, University of Pretoria

TheatreThe Lion King (Shanghai), Benjamin Walt Musical (Kopanong)

TelevisionThe X Factor (South Africa)

Other: UP Ovuwa cultural ensemble tour USA, 2014

The Lion King marks Keitumetse’s West End debut.

Daniel MonteiroEnsemble

Place of Birth: Osasco, Brazil

Training: Clayds Zwing Dance Studio, Teen Broadway

Theatre: The Producers; Beauty and the Beast; Cats; Cabaret; The Drowsy Chaperone (all Brazil); The Lion King (Brazil, Switzerland and UK tour)

The Lion King marks Daniel’s West End debut.

Ayden MorganEnsemble

Place of Birth: Wolverhampton

Training: The Urdang Academy

Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber Gala (German tour)

Television: Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary

Other: Ayden was the winner of the Carl Alan Performers’ Award 2017

The Lion King marks Ayden’s West End debut.

Rutendo MushongaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Harare, Zimbabwe

Training: Tiffany Theatre College

Television: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

The Lion King marks Rutendo’s West End debut.

Crystal NichollsEnsemble

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.

Nosipho NkonqaSwing

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa

Training: Cape Town Chorus Training Programme and Wendy Fine singing studio

Theatre: The Lion King (Holland, South Africa, Taiwan, Singapore and UK tour)

The Lion King marks Nosipho’s West End debut.

Darcel OseiSwing

Place of Birth: Kingstown, Saint Vincent

Training: York University, Canada; Ailey School Summer Intensive, US; Jacob’s Pillow School

Film: Baiana (Bravo Facts)

Other: Ballet Creole Dance Company (Toronto); Kashedance Dance Company (Toronto).

The Lion King marks Darcel’s West End debut.

Luciano Santos SouzaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Bahia, Brazil

Training: School Balé Folclorico da Bahia, Cultural Foundation School

Theatre: Balé Folclórico da Bahia (Theatre Miguel Santana); The Lion King (Shanghai, San Paulo, Paris)

The Lion King marks Luciano’s West End debut.

Poseletso Sejosingoe-MandelaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa

Training: Isango Portobello

Theatre: Magic Flute, A Christmas Carol, Mysteries, Scrooge (International tours)

Television: Chandies (Mzantsi Magic); Forced Love (SABC1); Traffic (ETV)

Film: Ingoma “The Song”

Other: Poseletso was a runner up on the South African Pop Idol.

The Lion King marks Poseletso‘s West End debut.

Mlungisi ShabalalaSwing

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa

Training: UKZN Howard College

Theatre: Madam President (South Africa)

Television: IMBEWU The Seed

Film: Two Brothers

Other: Mlungisi is trained in Jazz D popular music

The Lion King marks Mlungisi’s West End debut.

Kristof SkhosanaEnsemble

Place of Birth: Pretoria, South Africa

Training: Kelsey Middleton Academy of Dance; Papastefanai School of Ballet

The Lion King marks Kristof’s West End debut.

Shannon TaiwoEnsemble

Place of Birth: Kent, England

Training: London School of Musical Theatre

The Lion King marks Shannon’s West End debut.

Matthieu VinetotEnsemble

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Training: Le Centre Des Arts Vivants (Paris)

Theatre: Aida (France National Stadium), Chicago (Germany tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Arena tour), Ghost (UK tour)

The Lion King marks Matthieu’s West End debut.

Julie TaymorDirector, Costume Design, Mask/Puppet Co-Design, Additional Lyrics

Julie Taymor won the 1998 Tony Award® for Best Direction of a Musical and for Best Costumes for The Lion King. It also garnered Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Taymor’s direction; three Moliere Awards, including Best Musical and Best Costumes; and myriad awards for her original costume, mask and puppet designs.

Taymor made her Broadway debut in 1996 with Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (Lincoln Center), nominated for five Tony Awards. Other theatre work includes M. Butterfly starring Clive Owen (Cort Theatre), Grounded (Public Theatre), The Green Bird (New Victory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, the Cort Theatre on Broadway); Titus Andronicus; The Tempest; The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience); The Transposed Heads (Lincoln Center and American Music Theatre Festival); Liberty’s Taken (Castle Hill Festival); and Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark (Foxwoods Theatre on Broadway).

Her opera productions include the Pulitzer finalist, Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal (Los Angeles Opera and the Lincoln Center Festival); Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, in repertory at the Metropolitan Opera since 2004; and Oedipus Rex with Jessye Norman, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, for which she earned the International Classical Music Award for Best Opera Production and an Emmy® for a subsequent film version.

Her first film, “Fool’s Fire,” an adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe short story, aired on PBS in 1992. Her feature films include Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange; Frida, starring Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina (six 2002 Academy Award® nominations, winning two); Across the Universe (2008 Golden Globe®- nomination for Best Musical/Comedy); and The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand and Ben Whishaw. She recently directed The Glorias, starring Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Bette Midler and Janelle Monae based on the life of Gloria Steinem, and completed a cinematic version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed during her stage production that ran at Theatre for a New Audience’s new home in Brooklyn.

Taymor has received a MacArthur “genius” Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Obie Awards, the first annual Dorothy B. Chandler Award in Theatre, 2015 Inductee to the Theatre Hall of Fame, among many others. A book spanning her career, Julie Taymor: Playing With Fire, is available from Abrams.

Elton JohnMusic

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 Aidaboth 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.

Tim RiceLyrics

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.

Lebo MAdditional 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 OneBack on the Blockand 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.

Mark MancinaAdditional 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.

Irene MecchiBook

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 KingThe Hunchback of Notre Dame andHercules. 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.

Garth FaganChoreographer

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.

Richard HudsonScenic 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.

Donald HolderLighting 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 othersOff-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.

Michael CurryMask 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 WardHair 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 KennedySound 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).

Anthony LynAssociate Director

Anthony was born in Swansea South Wales and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Has worked as an actor, director, teacher and associate director. London theatre credits include Anything Goes, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Damn Yankees and Disney’s The Lion King. Broadway production credits include Disney’s The Lion King, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables. Touring and global production credits include Mary Poppins (US National tours, Vienna, Mexico City), Les Miserables (US National tour, Toronto). Anthony is currently the Associate Director for global productions of The Lion King, on which he has worked since 1999, and Saturday Night Fever & Masquerade for Jean Ann Ryan Productions globally. TV credits include the Tony Awards, An American Celebration, Dancing with the Stars, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, the Royal Variety Performance and the 2013 Oscars. Has taught at the Royal Academy of Music London, The Actors’ Centre and Duke University in the US and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College in July 2018.

John StefaniukAssociate 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 GriffithAssociate 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 IshmaelMusical 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.

Hans ZimmerAdditional 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 GladiatorThe Thin Red LineAs Good as It Gets and Rain Man. Additional credits include the Grammy-winning score for Crimson TideDriving Miss DaisyThelma 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 MontanExecutive 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 (CocktailBeaches, The Little Mermaid, Pretty WomanBeauty and the Beast,AladdinThe Lion KingPocahontas 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 RifkinAdditional 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 ofDriving Miss DaisyRain 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 ElhaiAssociate 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 MetzgerOrchestrator

David Metzger has orchestrated many films, including the Disney animated film TarzanTraining DayDomestic 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 FowlerOrchestrator

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), ShrekAs Good as It GetsBlack Hawk Down and Hans Zimmer’s Academy Award®-winning The Lion King movie score

Mark BrandonCasting

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’ Out; 42nd Street; Music Man; Iceman Cometh; Charlie Brown; Sound of Music; Beauty and 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 DanceWest Side Story (San Francisco Symphony); HairsprayDreamgirls; Chicago; Nine. Ten–time Artios Award winner.

Disney Theatrical ProductionsProducer

DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS, a division of The Walt Disney Studios, was formed in 1994 and operates under the direction of Thomas Schumacher. Worldwide, its 10 Broadway titles have been seen by over 160 million theatergoers and have been nominated for 62 Tony® Awards, winning Broadway’s highest honour 20 times. With more than 20 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 37 countries worldwide.

In November 1997, Disney opened The Lion King, which received six 1998 Tony Awards including Best Musical. After 21 landmark years on Broadway, it haswelcomed more than 95 million visitorsworldwide to date, and can currently be seen in 9 productions worldwide. Having played 20 countries on everycontinent except Antarctica, The Lion King’s worldwide gross exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainmenttitle in box office history. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida opened on Broadway next, winning four 2000 Tony Awards. It was followed by Mary Poppins, a co-productionwith CameronMackintosh, which opened in London in 2004 and went on to enjoy a six year Tony-winning Broadway run. Tarzan®, which opened on Broadway in 2006, went on to become an international hit with an awardwinning production enjoying a 10-year run in Germany.

In January 2008, The Little Mermaid opened on Broadway and was the #1-selling new musical of that year.

Disney Theatrical Productions opened two critically acclaimed productionson Broadway in 2012, receiving seven Tony Awards between them: Peter and theStarcatcher and Newsies, each of which enjoyed a twoyear run with the latter launching a two-year NorthAmerican tour and a record-breaking Fathom Events’ in-cinema release. Aladdin, Disney Theatrical’s 2014 hit, continues selling out on Broadway and has launched five additional productions around the globe and has been seen by more than 10 million guests. Its newest hit, the 2018 Tony-nominated Best Musical Frozen, continues setting records in its Broadway run with future productions set to open in Australia, London, Germany and on tour across North America. Other successful stage ventures have included the Olivier-nominated London hit Shakespeare in Love, stage productions of Disney’s High School Musical, Der Glöckner Von Notre Dame in Berlin, and King David in concert. DTP has collaborated with the country’s leading regional theatresto develop new stage musicals including The Jungle Book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Freaky Friday.