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New casting announced for Disney’s Aladdin as it enters its third year in the West End

Casting news

AS IT prepares to celebrate its second birthday in the West End, Disney’s Aladdin has announced that fourteen new cast members will be joining the company.

Matthew Croke will continue to star in the title role, having joined the company in June 2017, opposite original London cast members Jade Ewen (Jasmine) and Trevor Dion Nicholas (Genie).

New cast members include Fred Johanson as Jafar and Julian Capolei as Omar. Original cast member Jermaine Woods will play Iago, having previously covered the role.

Fred Johanson’s previous theatre credits include Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (National and European Tours, Lyceum Theatre, London, Gothenburg Operahouse and Gotalejon Stockhold); Javert in Les Miserables (Malmo Opera House and Copenhangen); Father in Children of Eden (Orebro Pastorat); Jack Favell in Rebecca (Malmo Opera House); Peron in Evita (Malmo Opera House); the title role in The Alchemist (Opera Kristiansun) and Max in Sunset Boulevard (Gothenburg Opera).

Johanson is also a composer/songwriter and has written his own material as well as writing for other artists including Frida (ABBA), Steve Balsamo, Meja and Jo O’Meara. He wrote a hit single for the Australian Popstars, Scandal’Us, which topped the charts at No.1 for three weeks and went Double Platinum together with the follow-up album that went Platinum.

Jermaine Woods has previously had roles in Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); The Lion King (UK Tour and Lyceum Theatre); Coppelia (White Rock Theatre, Hastings) and All England Dance (Peacock Theatre). On screen, he has appeared in Born to Shine (ITV/Kewwhizz); CBeebies (CBBC); As the Bell Rings (Disney Channel); Coming Down the Mountain (BBC); Yo Gabba Gabba!; The Fountain; Lewis (ITV); Miss Marple (Granada Television) and The Paul O’Grady Show (Channel 4).

Julian Capolei will make his West End debut as Omar. Previous stage productions include Tommy (UK Tour); Sinbad The Sailor (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Peter Pan (Derby Theatre).

The full 2018/19 cast will include Koko Basigara, Robertina Bonano, Danny Becker, Angeline Bell, Bianca Cordice, Abigail Climer, Leon Craig, Daniel de Bourg, Nolan Edwards, Melanie Elizabeth, Nordine Ezzahr, Antony Hewitt, Irvine Iqbal, Blythe Jandoo, Abigail Johnson, Travis Kerry, Dann Kharsa, Victoria Layzell, Mitch Leow, Oliver Lidert, Phil Mennell, Richard Murphy, Ian Oswald, Tarisha Rommick, Kyle Seeley, Dominic Sibanda, Ricardo Spriggs, Joshua Steel, Kevin Stephen-Jones, Kayleigh Thandani, Justin Thomas, Damien Winchester and Niko Wirachman.

Aladdin opened to critical acclaim at the Prince Edward Theatre on June 15, 2016. Tickets are now on sale for performances up to and including September 29, 2018 for individuals and February 9, 2019 for group bookings. For further details visit aladdinthemusical.co.uk/.

Aladdin‘s second dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance will take place at 1.30pm on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.