It’s the enchanting Disney Broadway smash that has been seen by more than 80 million people worldwide — and now The Lion King is coming to Perth.

More than 20 years after the animated film stole our hearts and 18 years after the stage adaptation of Simba’s story had its first New York run, The Lion King will play at the Crown Theatre from November 21.

The Lion King, “reimagined” from the film by acclaimed director and costume designer Julie Taymor, tells the story of heartbroken lion cub Simba returning from exile to rise up against his evil uncle Scar and succeed his father Mufasa as king.

On the way he gets help from pals Zazu, Timon and Pumbaa, as well as childhood sweetheart Nala and spirit guide Rafiki.

The highest-grossing musical so far, The Lion King won six 1998 Tony Awards and boasts music by Elton John and Tim Rice, including the hit Circle of Life.

Thomas Schumacher, one of the fathers of The Lion King and Disney’s president of theatrical productions, has raved about New Zealand actor Nick Afoa, who plays adult Simba in the Australian production.

“That kid is glorious, ” he said. “His version of Endless Night moves me deeply.”


Makeup preperations: Buyi Zama (Rafiki) is transformed by the skilled hands of Shane Munson. Picture: Simon Santi

Rob Collins, an indigenous actor from Darwin, has been celebrated for his role as Mufasa and Josh Quong Tart is a delectably detestable Scar. WA Academy of the Performing Arts alumni Nicholas Li and Bernard Angel are also in the cast.

Tickets go on pre-sale on June 15. Register at


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