Sarah Amankwah: The Lion King

Date - 14 May, 2013, All News Musical Theatre Press Nights Theatre

It’s the latest media night this week for The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. Sarah Amankwah will appear in the smash hit Disney stage musical in London’s West End in the role of Shenzi.

The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice along with the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arrangements by Lebo M. Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets. The show is produced by Disney Theatrical.

The London show was produced in the United Kingdom in 1999 by Harrison Lochtenberg, and continues to play at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Taymor led the British production of the show, with Melissa De Melo as the producer. The London Production has celebrated its 10th anniversary in the West End.

Overview

Sarah Amankwah trained at the Manchester School of Theatre. She is part of Shakespeare's Globes first repertory company, The Globe Ensemble.

Theatre credits include Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare's Globe, The Crucible and The Skriker at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and she played Shenzi in The Lion King at The Lyceum Theatre. She played Filch in the National Theatre production of The Threepenny Opera, and Venticello in Amadeus (National Theatre).

Recent screen credits include ITV crime drama Marcella and World War Z for Paramount.

Sarah is a member of the Imaginarium In-House Repertory Company. Founded in 2011 by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish, The Repertory Company is made up of in-house actors trained in performance capture.

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