OPINION - The Lion King’s Scar and Mufasa on 15 years of friendship in the West End: The Evening Standard Theatre Podcast

Shaun Escoffery, left, and George Asprey  (Disney - The Lion King London)
Shaun Escoffery, left, and George Asprey (Disney - The Lion King London)

We join Shaun Escoffery and George Asprey, who play Mufasa and Scar in Disney’s The Lion King, at London’s Lyceum Theatre to chat about their incredible 15 years in the West End musical.

They discuss how they continue to find new aspects to the characters, their funniest moments, how they respond to costume malfunctions, and their reaction to finding out their children would be born in the same week (and breaking the news to the company manager).

We review The Effect at the National Theatre, written by Lucy Prebble and directed by Jamie Lloyd. The play stars Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) and Taylor Russell (Lost in Space).

Our second review sends us off to see the wizard in The Wizard of Oz at the Palladium. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, this musical stars Georgina Onuorah as Dorothy, Jason Manford as The Cowardly Lion and Ashley Banjo as The Tin Man.

Plus, what we make of Self Esteem and Jake Shears taking on Cabaret, a second go at reviewing La Cage aux Folles, and we discuss the burnout and stress artistic directors are facing.

And finally, check out Tim Bano’s first 5-star review from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe: Woodhill at Summerhall.

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