Disney Theatrical Productions has released an exclusive first look at Matthew Croke as the
title role in Aladdin ahead of his first performance in the title role on 5 June 2017 at the
Prince Edward Theatre.
A behind-the-scenes video of Matthew’s very first Aladdin transformation and photo shoot is also available now. The new musical based on the classic Academy Award®-winning animated film will have its first birthday in the West End on 15 June, with Jade Ewen and Trevor Dion Nicholas continuing in the roles of Jasmine and Genie respectively.
The role of Aladdin will be Matthew Croke’s debut in a leading role in the West End. Originally from Sheffield, Matthew has previously starred in 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).
As previously announced, 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.
The new cast also includes Chanelle Anthony, Danny Becker, Cindy Belliot, Filippo Coffano,
Nolan Edwards, Sinead Kenny, Travis Kerry, Dann Kharsa, Tarisha Rommick, Joshua Steel, Monica Swayne, Damien Winchester and Niko Wirachman.
Danny Becker, Travis Kerry and Niko Wirachman join the production after entering
international open auditions.
The remaining cast comprises 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.