23 Trucks utilised to transport Disney's enormous production to Yorkshire

International company of 52 performers in final rehearsals

Acclaimed musical to be highlight of Alhambra's Centenary Year

Disney's legendary musical THE LION KING will begin performances tomorrow night at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, in advance of its official opening on Tuesday 25th March. Julie Taymor's internationally acclaimed production will play a 7-week season in Yorkshire and form an important part of the Alhambra's 100th anniversary celebrations.

Excitement has been building across the region since the season was announced in May last year and, today, an international cast of 52 performers from 18 different countries are undergoing final preparations for their debut in Yorkshire. A fleet of 23 trucks has been utilised to transport Disney's enormous production to the Bradford, making it the largest theatre production ever to tour Europe.

The company is led by 11 principals; Gugwana Dlamini as Rafiki, Cleveland Cathnott as Mufasa, Meilyr Sion as Zazu, Stephen Carlile as Scar, Me'sha Bryan as Shenzi, Daniel Norford as Banzai, Philip Oakland as Ed, John Hasler as Timon, Lee Ormsby as Pumbaa, Nicholas Nkuna as Simba and Ava Brennan as Nala.

The touring production of THE LION KING 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.

The acclaimed stage adaptation of Disney's 1994 animated film was first seen on Broadway in 1997, where it recently celebrated its 16th anniversary. The production has now been seen by over 70 million people across five continents and the acclaimed West End production continues to sell out at London's Lyceum Theatre in its 15th triumphant year.

Disney's THE LION KING will play the BRADFORD ALHAMBRA THEATRE from THURSDAY 20 March -Saturday 10 May 2014
To book tickets call the Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk (booking fees apply)*
*Booking fees: Phone/Counter - £1 per ticket plus postage charge where applicable. Online - £2.50 per ticket plus transaction fee of 50p.



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