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Cast changes announced for Disney's Aladdin in the West End
Matthew Croke is the West End's new Aladdin
Disney Theatrical Productions have announced that Matthew Croke will take over the role of Aladdin in the West End production alongside Jade Ewen and Trevor Dion Nicholas who continue in the roles of Jasmine and The Genie.
It was also announced that Nick Cavaliere will join the company to play the role of Iago, whilst current cast members Miles Barrow, Leon Craig and Daniel de Bourg will step into the roles of Omar, Babkak and Kassim respectively. Don Gallagher and Irvine Iqbal will continue in their respective roles of Jafar and the Sultan.
Further new cast includes Chanelle Anthony, Danny Becker, Cindy Belliot, Filippo Coffano, Nolan Edwards, Sinead Kenny, Travis Kerry, Dann Kharsa, Tarisha Rommick, Joshua Steel, Monica Swayne and Niko Wirachman, joining Arran Anzani-Jones, Albey Brookes, Lauren Chia, Bianca Cordice, Cavin Cornwall, Melanie Elizabeth, Kade Ferraiolo, Antony Hewitt, Mitch Leow, Oliver Lidert, Ian Oswald, Kyle Seeley, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Ricardo Spriggs, Kayleigh Thadani and Jermaine Woods.
Disney's Aladdin opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End on 15 June 2016 following previews from 27 May and is currently booking to 30 September 2017. The show is entering its fourth year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre and has now played on four continents having been seen by over 4 million people worldwide.
The musical features songs from the animated film by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin with a book by Beguelin. It is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and designed by Bob Crowley with lighting by Natasha Katz, costumes by Gregg Barnes and sound design by Ken Travis.
Matthew Croke makes his West End debut in a lead role as Aladdin. Previous theatre credits include Annie Get Your Gun (Crucible Theatre), Singin’ in the Rain (UK Tour), Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory), Shall We Dance (Sadler’s Wells), A Chorus Line (Crucible Theatre) and West Side Story (UK & Ireland tour). He has also performed and understudied the roles of Amos Hart & Mary Sunshine in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), Eugene in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Don in Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre) and Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria).
Aladdin tickets are on sale to 30 September 2017.