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The Lion King set to roar in debut Brisbane season

Nick Afoa as Simba in The Lion King.
Nick Afoa as Simba in The Lion King.

DISNEY'S award-winning musical The Lion King will make its Queensland debut in Brisbane later this year.

The acclaimed live show will start its premiere season on September 26 at QPAC's Lyric Theatre, it was announced today.

It has been a decade since the beloved stage show first played in Australia at Sydney's Capitol Theatre.

Director Julie Taymor's vision of the African savannah comes to life in this locally-crafted production, featuring the most multicultural cast of any Australian-produced stage musical to date.

"We are thrilled to bring The Lion King to Brisbane for the first time ever and I know that Queensland audiences will love this new Australian production of Julie Taymor's visionary stage event," said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions.

Now in its 17th year, The Lion King is the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history and is based on the Oscar-winning 1994 animated film.

Buyi Zama as Rafiki.
Buyi Zama as Rafiki. Deen van Meer

This Australian production is the 10th production of The Lion King running around the world, with shows on Broadway and on tour across North America, Tokyo and on tour in Japan, in London's West End and on tour throughout the UK, and in Hamburg, Madrid and Sao Paolo.

Auckland native Nick Afoa will play central character Simba, while South African performer Josslynn Hlenti will play Nala.

The cast also includes Aussies Rob Collins as Simba's father Mufasa, voiced by James Earl Jones in the animated film, and Josh Quong Tart as Simba's aggrieved uncle Scar.

Pre-sale tickets are available now, while general public tickets will be released on Friday.

For more information go to The Lion King website.

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