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THE LION KING BOOKING EXTENDED (article first published : 2007-08-19)

Ticket sales for the hit Disney musical The Lion King are now open until December 2 and all indications are that the hit show, which has enthralled South African audiences, is headed for a sell out season.

In various productions worldwide, The Lion King has already been seen by 35 million people since its debut in 1997. The South African production has been playing to packed houses at Teatro at Montecasino since it opened in Johannesburg on June 6. Critics’ reviews and word-of-mouth have been phenomenal.

The Lion King is proving to be perfect for year-end functions for companies to treat clients and staff to an unforgettable entertainment experience. Montecasino offers a variety of private function venues to suit anything from 50 to 1,000 guests. For smaller groups ranging in size from 20 to 100, guests are hosted in private function rooms at many of the unique restaurants in the complex. Larger groups are accommodated in the versatile corporate event venues including the new Ballroom and La Toscana, Montecasino’s private function venue. There are special show, flight and accommodation packages available for out-of-town visitors.

The Lion King has played in nine countries around the world. South Africa is the 10th country to host a production and in the year that the show celebrates in 10th anniversary. It is also the first Lion King production in the world which will be entirely cast from the country it is playing in. It boasts a South African cast of 53 and a 20-member orchestra backed by a technical crew of 70.

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is Mufasa, a role he played on London’s West End while Buyisile Zama reprises her role as Rafiki. Mark Rayment is the evil Scar; Pierre van Heerden and Peter Mashiga are Pumbaa and Timon while young actor Andile Gumbi is Simba. Other leading roles are played by Lyall Ramsden as Zazu, Tsholo Monedi as Nala, Candida Mosoma as Shenzi, Simon Gwala as Bazai, Michael Bagg as Ed and Zoe Mthiyane as Sarabi.

Disney’s The Lion King in South Africa is co-produced by Lebo M and Pieter Toerien. The South African production has been sponsored by Telkom in association with SABC, British Airways Avis and Southern Sun. Book at Computicket.




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