The international tour, which will be performed in English, will launch in celebration of The Lion King’s 20thanniversary on stage and the title’s 25thglobal production.

“We’re proud to partner with our long-time friend Michael Cassel to bring the world renowned stage production of The Lion King to these vibrant cities,” says Thomas Schumacher, president and producer, Disney Theatrical Productions. “Julie Taymor and her extraordinary creative team have realised a production of enormous scale, beauty, and heart. I cannot wait for new audiences to join us in the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa – the show’s creative birthplace.”

The show’s director, costume designer, and mask co-designer Julie Taymor says,”It is wonderful that these countries in Asia will be able to experience this new South African cast of The Lion King. They’re in for a tremendous treat as the soul of this music will come through these extraordinary performers. Asia is a big part of my life, having spent four years in Indonesia and travelled throughout many countries in the region. It is thrilling to bring this production back to a part of the world that has been a major inspiration in my life.”

Lebo M, who provided additional music, lyrics, vocal score and arrangements to The Lion King, says, “This international tour will provide the opportunity for audiences around the world to witness this incredible production, featuring South Africa’s greatest talents.”

The first round of auditions for the international tour will commence in South Africa in March 2017.

Further announcements regarding theatres and dates will be made over the coming months, with tickets for the international tour’s premiere in Manila to go on-sale in October 2017, ahead of its opening in March 2018.

For more information, visit lionkinginternational.com.