The Lion King roars into Wales Millennium Centre

South Wales Guardian: Simba – Nicholas Nkuna and the UK touring company Simba – Nicholas Nkuna and the UK touring company

WALES Millennium Centre has announced that Disney’s award-winning production of The Lion King is coming to Wales this November, with tickets going on sale next week.

This Cardiff season will mark the first time the legendary musical has played in Wales and will be the only Welsh dates in the show's record-breaking tour of the UK and Ireland. The Lion King will play a ten week season in Cardiff, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the global phenomenon in their local theatre.

Four years in the making, this truly international production brings together a cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers, from 18 different countries, supported by a backstage team of over 100 people. The touring production is the biggest musical production ever to tour the UK. With hundreds of masks, puppets and more than 700 elaborate costumes representing 26 different types of animal, 23 giant trucks are used to transport everything across the country.

Disney’s The Lion King is based on the beloved Academy award-winning animated film which was entrusted to Director and Co-Designer Julie Taymor to adapt the film for the stage. Taymor brought a vast array of disciplines to The Lion King which draws upon her immeasurable experience of various theatrical styles and cultures to tell the compelling tale of Simba, the young lion cub, as he journeys through life and struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of King.

To date, this new touring production has enjoyed sell-out, record-breaking seasons in Bristol, Manchester, Dublin and Birmingham. Both audiences and critics have embraced Disney’s The Lion King, giving it rave reviews and standing ovations.

Disney’s The Lion King will play at Wales Millennium Centre from Thursday, November 6 to Sunday, January 11, 2015. Tickets go on general sale next Tuesday, (January 28) from 10am via 029 2063 6464 or www.wmc.org.uk and from 8am in person at the Centre.

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