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Nicholas (Nick) Afoa is a Kiwi actor and singer, whose musical theatre credits include The Lion King.
\Afoa made his stage debut as Simba in the Australian production of THE LION KING in 2013 and played Simba in the Sydney production of the landmark musical between 2013 and 2016 performing more than 860 times over that period. He made his West End debut in the same role in May 2016.
Not unlike his character in THE LION KING, Afoa had a journey to take his place on stage. The New Zealand-born, Auckland-raised performer had a promising rugby career with the All Blacks until he was sidelined by injury. After recovering and dedicating himself to his theatre career, nearly a decade later, the 30-year-old beat 400 other hopefuls to the role of Simba in the Australian production.
Set against the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's The Lion King explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music to tell the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands. Director Julie Taymor brought a vast array of disciplines to The Lion King, inclu...
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About West End LIVE Celebrating its 13th year in 2017, West End LIVE is a free, two-day musical extravaganza showcasing the best of West End theatre. It regularly attracts more than 500,000 people to watch live performances from dozens of West End musicals over the course of the weekend and is the largest event of its type in the world. West End ...
Currently starring in the title role of Disney’s stage musical Aladdin, Matt Croke will release his debut album Only Dreaming – full of classic songs from stage and screen – on 7 December (digitally) and 14 December on CD. There’s just time to add it to your Christmas wish list!
Who'd our vlogger Perry O'Bree catch up with at West End Live? Watch all his backstage video interviews from both days with West End stars including Ben Forster, Jade Ewen, Danny Mac, Cassidy Janson, Marisha Wallace, Kerry Ellis, Rachel Tucker, Tyrone Huntley, John Partridge (in drag!), Lucie Jones, Jason Manford and many others from Aladdin, An American in Paris, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Five Guys Named Moe, On the Town, The Lion King, Everybody Loves Jamie, Half a Sixpence and The Wind in the Willows - to name a few!
Have you been cheering on Team GB? Quite right. But we reckon the cast and crew of THE LION KING could teach some would-be Olympians a thing or two about athletic prowess - and we're not just talking about former All Black international Nicholas Afoa, currently playing Simba. In an incredible new series of videos, Team Lion King give audiences a glimpse into the rigorous regimes they undergo in order to keep themselves in tip-top shape for the show.
From professional rugby to musical theatre... that may be the best second career change we've ever heard of. Former All Blacks star Nick Afoa makes his West End debut, playing Simba in The Lion King, a role he first played in Australia.