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Motown the Musical - further casting announced

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Casting news

CHARL Brown (as Smokey Robinson) and Sifiso Mazibuko (Marvin Gaye) will join the previously announced Cedric Neal (Berry Gordy) and Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) in the West End production of Motown the Musical, which runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre from March 8 (previews from February 11) to October 22, 2016.

Charl Brown’s previous portrayal of Smokey Robinson in the Broadway production of Motown the Musical earned him a 2013 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

His earlier theatre credits include the role of Hud on the European Tour of Hair, Jersey Boys on Broadway and in Las Vegas and the Off-Broadway production of Walmartopia. Brown, who made his Broadway debut in 2011 in the original cast of Sister Act, is currently travelling across the United States with his group The Doowop Project.

Brown is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.

Sifiso Mazibuko’s UK theatre credits include The Tempest for Flute Theatre, A Land Without People and The First Actress for Palindrome Productions, Hector at The Courtyard Theatre and Dancers performed in both London and New York. His American theatre credits include the theatre is a blank page produced by Anne Bogart, Ann Hamilton and the SITI company.

Mazibuko also performed in Shaka Zulu the Musical at the State Theatre in South Africa, was part of the Asian Tour of African Footprint and was in Dreamgirls the Musical in South Africa. He has also appeared in the film Pretville.

With just $800 borrowed from his family, Motown founder Berry Gordy, goes from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul, discovering and launching the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many more. Motown the Musical uncovers the true story of the legendary record label that changed music history and created the soundtrack of a generation.

Featuring a sixteen piece orchestra playing 50 Motown tracks including Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There, Dancing In The Street, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My Girl and I Heard It through the Grapevine, Charles Randolph-Wright’s production tells the story behind the classic hits.

Earlier this week it was announced that Motown the Musical will return to Broadway for an 18 week run in July next year.

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The Tinderbox - full casting announced

Samuel J Weir

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for The Tinderbox, a new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous folk tale, which runs at Charing Cross Theatre from Saturday, December 12, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016.

Joining previously announced Mandy Holliday (as The Old Witch, Harry the Hound and The Wicked Queen) are Samuel J Weir (Brian The Brave), Ceris Hine (The Gold Dog) and Bridget Costello (The Princess).

Samuel J Weir (pictured above) was US Marine Fector in Dogfight, The Bellboy in Grand Hotel and Frankie Epps in Parade (all at Southwark Playhouse for producer Danielle Tarento and director Thom Southerland). He joined the cast of Titanic for its transfer from London to the Princess of Wales, Toronto and was the Groom/Bargeman in the UK premiere of Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour at the Finborough.

Ceris Hine returns to Charing Cross Theatre, where she was nominated Best Female Performance in the Off West End Awards for USHERS: The Front of House Musical. She also played Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary Tour.

New Zealand-born Bridget Costello graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and went on to play the title role in Princess Ida at the Finborough Theatre.

Mandy Holliday

Mandy Holliday starred as Madame Thenardier in the West End production of Les Miserables and on tour, played Barbara in Mum’s the Word (UK No 1 tour), Jan in Girl’s Night In (tour), Countess Boronski in Simon Brett’s Little Red Riding Hood, Lucy in The London Merchant (Southwark Playhouse) and Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road (site specific production).

Mandy Holliday loves performing for younger audiences and her work in children’s theatre productions has taken her all over the UK. She is widely known as Mrs Bubbles and has written and directed a variety of children’s classics which toured nationwide for several years including The Tinderbox, Return to Wonderland, The Railway Children, The Water Babies and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

The Tinderbox, based on a Scandinavian folk tale Andersen learned in his childhood, has been adapted by Mandy Holliday.

In The Tinderbox, Brian the Brave, a penniless solider is returning from the war. He acquires a magic tinderbox and embarks on a quest to find his true love. This enchanting, fun-filled musical features an array of wonderful, colourful characters, cleverly combining classical music and story-telling with comedy, lots of audience interaction plus a few surprises along the way!

Produced by Jason Belne and Amanda Armstrong, The Tinderbox is directed by Abigail Pickard Price, with choreography by Lily Howkins and designs by Christopher Hone.

Read more about The Tinderbox.

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The World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb transfers to St James Studio

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DEBBIE Kurup and Oliver Tompsett will return to headline The World Goes Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb, which transfers to St James Studio for a strictly limited run – from Tuesday, February 2 to Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Kander & Ebb are one of the most successful songwriting teams in Broadway history, best known for the international smash hit musicals Cabaret and Chicago. The multi-award-winning duo’s extensive repertoire has been performed all over the world.

The World Goes Round is described as an enchanting revue showcasing popular and indisputable showbiz gems from their Broadway back catalogue.

Included are songs from shows such as Cabaret, Chicago, Flora the Red Menace, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink, 70 Girls 70 and The Act, and favourites such as All That Jazz, Cabaret, Mr Cellophane and New York, New York, all with a live on-stage band.

Olivier, and Award nominated Debbie Kurup, who has previously played Velma Kelly in the West End production of Chicago, will return to the show after headlining this year’s Hackney Empire pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, which follows her acclaimed portrayal of Reno Sweeney in the Sheffield Theatres and Stage Entertainment UK tour of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes. She previously played Nicki Marron in the West End production of The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre. Theatregoers’ Choice Award nominee Oliver Tompsett is best known for playing Fiyero in in the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, Galileo in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and Drew in Rock of Ages at the Garrick Theatre. Earlier this year, he guested for the Tony Award-winning American composer Jason Robert Brown at the Royal Festival Hall. A popular concert artist in his own right, he has also released a solo album, Sentimental Heart.

Joining Kurup and Tompsett in The World Goes Round are fellow returning cast members Steffan Lloyd-Evans (UK tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Godspell) and Alexandra Da Silva and Sally Samad, whose previous stints in Been on Broadway, SMASHing and their own solo shows La Petite Divatante and White Witch Wailing have garnered genuine praise amongst cabaret lovers and musical theatre aficionados alike.

The World Goes Round has music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, is conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson and is produced by Neil Eckersley with musical direction by Kris Rawlinson.

Tickets: from £20 – to book, call the box office on 0844 264 2140.

Times: Tuesday to Friday at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm and 8pm.

Also at St James Studio: Dinosaur Park (January 2 to January 23, 2016).

The Long Road South - Imogen Stubbs stars at the King's Head Theatre

Imogen Stubbs

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a successful first outing as part of the So and So Arts Club’s Hopefull Rep season at the Hope Theatre last August, Paul Minx’s Offie-nominated drama The Long Road South is transferring to the King’s Head Theatre.

Starring Imogen Stubbs (famous for her work with the RSC, as well as a wide-ranging and prolific theatrical career) and Michael Brandon (Dempsey and Makepeace, Episodes, Gallivant), it runs from January 15 (previews from January 12) to January 30, 2016.

Set in Indiana in 1965 during the long, hot summer of the civil rights movement, the world and that of the Price family is about to change. Their two domestic workers, Grace and Andre, intend to collect their wages and head South to join the voting rights marches. And the Price family – Jake, Carol Ann and their teenage Lolita – are each determined to make them stay.

Laced with wit and bitter irony, The Long Road South tells the story of how a man is forced to confront his demons and go to the lengths of his being to find out who he is and get what’s rightly his.

Writer Paul Minx said: “The play tells the story of an African-American man who helped raised me. He was gentle, religious and angry – all at the same time. He wanted to be part of the American civil rights movement but never found the personal courage to march or get involved. He didn’t think he was good enough. He was brought down by the ‘day-to-day racism’ – the constant reminders African-Americans received that they weren’t as good as whites. This is the hardest prejudice to fight and it ate away at his soul. I wrote the play as a testament to him.”

The cast also includes Krissi Bohn (Coronation Street, The Bogus Woman), Cornelius McCarthy (Out Of Joint’s Our Country’s Good) and Lydea Perkins (She Stoops To Conquer, Theatre Royal Bath).

The Long Road South will be directed by Sarah Berger, who founded the So and So Arts Club; a collective of 1200 artists from nine countries, cross-generational and cross-discipline, who have come together to generate paid work. The play was cast by Kate Plantin CDG.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: Mirror Mirror, Charles Court Opera’s legendary annual ‘Boutique panto’ (December 3, 2015 to January 9, 2016) and a restaging of F***ing Men (December 5, 2015 to January 9, 2016).

Lyric Hammersmith - this year Cinderella, next year Aladdin

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT Christmas, Aladdin flies into Hammersmith on his magic carpet. Written by Joel Horwood, Aladdin plays from November 19, 2016 to January 7, 2017 and tickets go on sale this Friday – November 27, 2015.

Previously Posted: Final casting has been announced for Cinderella, which runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from November 28, 2015 (previews from November 21) to January 3, 2016.

Joining previously announced Samuel Buttery (as Buttons), Sara Crowe (Madama Woo), Krystal Dockery (Cinderella) and Karl Queensborough (Prince Charming) are Peter Caulfield (Licious), Debra Michaels (Fairy Godmother) and Matt Sutton (Booty).

Young ensemble members are Poppy Almond, Claudia Archer, Oliver Byng, Eboni Dixon, Amelia Grant and Nathaniel Wade.

Previously Posted: A Lyric Hammersmith production, Cinderella runs in the Main House from November 28, 2015 (previews from November 21) to January 3, 2016.

Following the success of Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington and his Cat, award-winning playwright Tom Wells pens another traditional panto with plenty of festive fun in true Lyric style.

The cast includes Samuel Buttery (as Buttons), Sara Crowe (Madama Woo), Krystal Dockery (Cinderella) and Karl Queensborough (Prince Charming), with further casting to be announced.

Samuel Buttery’s recent theatre credits include The Tale of Mr Tumble (Manchester International Festival), Buttery Brown Monk (Leicester Square Theatre), Taboo (Broadway, Brixton Club House) and The Bald Primadonna (George Wood Theatre). His screen work includes Blaggers, Child 44 and Journey to the Moon.

Buttery is also known as a finalist from the original series of BBC1’s The Voice, when he was mentored by Sir Tom Jones.

Sara Crowe’s recent theatre credits include Crush the Musical (UK Tour), Noises Off (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Fallen Angels (UK Tour), Radio Times, the Musical, The City Madam (The Swan, RSC), On Approval, Less Than Kind, St John’s Night (Jermyn St Theatre), Bedroom Farce (Duke of York’s Theatre), Calendar Girls (Noel Coward Theatre), The Constant Wife, A Busy Day (Lyric Theatre), Dames at Sea (Ambassadors Theatre) and Hay Fever (Albery Theatre), for which she received an Olivier nomination for Best Comedy Performance.

Her screen credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Carry on Columbus, Caught in the Act, Round Ireland with a Fridge, Born and Bred, Haggard, Big Meg Little Meg Sometime Never, Alas Smith and Jones, The Harry Enfield Show, Scarlett, The Green Green Grass, Skins and EastEnders.

Krystal Dockery first appeared on the Lyric stage as part of the young ensemble for Aladdin (2011), Cinderella (2012) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2013). This production marks her professional stage debut.

Karl Queensborough first appeared on the Lyric stage as part of the young ensemble for the Lyric’s first pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk (2009), Dick Whittington and his Cat (2010) and Morning (also Traverse). His credits elsewhere include A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre), Dayglo, Mind the Gap (Y-Touring) and 365 (National Theatre of Scotland). He has also appeared on television in Casualty and Sniggers with Attitude.

As well as the Lyric pantos, Tom Wells’ theatre credits include Jumpers for Goalposts (Paines Plough/Watford Palace Theatre/UK Tour), Symphony (co-written with Ella Hickson and Nick Payne; Edinburgh Festival/Soho Theatre), The Kitchen Sink (Bush Theatre, winner of the Most Promising Playwright – Critics’ Circle, 2011 and the 2012 George Devine Award), Spacewang (Hull Truck), Me, As A Penguin (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Arcola Theatre/UK Tour), About a Goth (Paines Plough/Oran Mor) and Notes For First Time Astronauts (Paines Plough/Soho Theatre).

Ben & Lump, which Wells wrote as part of the Coming Up season (Touchpaper) was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2012 and his play Jonesy was broadcast on Radio 4 last year.

Cinderella is directed by Ellen McDougall and has set design by Oliver Townsend, with costume design by Katie Lias, lighting by Tim Deiling, sound by Nick Manning, choreography by Lainie Baird and musical direction by Benjamin Holder. Music is composed and arranged by Corin Buckeridge.

Tickets: £15 – £30; £35 premium seats. No booking fee. To book, call the box office on 020 8741 6850 or visit

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Laura Wade’s new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ bestselling novel Tipping The Velvet runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from September 18 to October 24, 2015.

The Rocky Horror Show on tour - Steve Punt, Charlie Condou and Philip Franks star as The Narrator

Steve Punt

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

STEVE Punt (pictured), Charlie Condou and Philip Franks will star as The Narrator in the 2015/16 tour of The Rocky Horror Show, which visits New Wimbledon Theatre from February 29 to March 5 and Richmond Theatre from May 2 to May 7, 2016.

The production also stars Diana Vickers, Paul Cattermole, Ben Freeman and Liam Tamne.

Steve Punt has been half of Punt and Dennis for many years and has co-hosted The Now Show on Radio 4 since its inception in 1998. He also presents the university quiz The Third Degree and the light-hearted investigative show Punt PI for Radio 4.

Punt’s TV writing and performing credits include Canned Carrott, The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Punt and Dennis, Mock the Week and Horrible Histories. In 2011, he played Eric Idle in BBC4’s Holy Flying Circus.

Charlie Condou, who will play The Narrator during the tour’s Manchester dates, is best known for playing Marcus Dent in Coronation Street for four years and his successful column ‘The Three of Us’ in The Guardian. His other television credits include Me, You, and The Apocalypse, The Impressionists and Midsomer Murders, while his film work includes Good, Fred Claus and Charlotte Grey.

Condou has also appeared on stage in Next Fall and The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse), Dying for It (Almeida Theatre) and Shopping and F***king (UK Tour).

Philip Franks, who returns to the role after playing The Narrator in the 40th Anniversary Tour of The Rocky Horror Show, takes over as The Narrator from June 2016. On television, Franks is best known for playing Charlie in The Darling Buds of May and Sergeant Craddock in Heartbeat.

His recent work in theatre includes Swanson in Flare Path and Hector in The History Boys tour, while his West End theatre credits include Ivan in Art, Lloyd in Noises Off and Hamlet with the RSC. Franks is also a director, with credits including Nicholas Nickleby (West End), The Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park) and A Marvellous Year for Plum (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite Rock ‘N’ Roll musical. It has been performed worldwide for over 40 years in over 30 countries, selling out in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Austria, and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Many stars, including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Jerry Springer and Meatloaf, have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past four decades.

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary, Director Christopher Luscombe created a stunning new production, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music and encourages audience participation.

This critically acclaimed version of the classic show, which tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet – two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house – is back by popular demand and embarking on a year-long national adventure.

Described as a musical extravaganza, it features famous musical classics such as Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and of course, The Time-Warp.

The tour begins at the Theatre Royal, Brighton (December 17 to January 2, 2016) before continuing to Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Cardiff, Sunderland, Southampton, Wimbledon, Torquay, Bradford, Edinburgh, Belfast, York, Aylesbury, Nottingham, Richmond, Malvern, Stoke, Sheffield, Woking, Watford, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

NB: Diana Vickers, Ben Freeman, Paul Cattermole and Liam Tamne will perform through to May 28, 2016.

For online bookings and show times, visit

A Raisin in the Sun - full cast announced

A Raisin in the Sun

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun, which visits The Albany from March 16 to March 19, 2016, as part of a UK tour.

Joining previously announced Ashley Zhangazha (as Walter), Llewella Gideon (Mama) and Mike Burnside (Karl Lindner) are Susan Wokoma (Beneatha Younger), Everal A Walsh (Bobo), Alisha Bailey (Ruth Younger) and Aron Julius (Joseph Asagai and George Murchison).

The cast is completed by Adryan Dorset Pitt, Solomon Gordon and Kiano Samuels, sharing the role of Travis Younger.

Susan Wokoma is currently appearing Off-Broadway in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Henry IV and is known for screen roles including Cynthia in the E4 sitcom Chewing Gum. Her other screen appearances include The Inbetweeners 2 and Bluestone 42. Her recent theatre roles also include Three Little Birds (Manchester Royal Exchange/Bush Theatre) and Mike Bartlett’s Game (Almeida Theatre).

Everal A Walsh’s credits include Sweeney Todd at the West Yorkshire Playhouse as well as Rufus Norris’s The Amen Corner and Dominic Cooke’s The Comedy of Errors, both at the National Theatre.

Alisha Bailey recently starred in Mouthful in the West End. Her other credits include Moon On A Rainbow Shawl (2014 UK Tour), The Serpent’s Tooth (Almeida Theatre) and Powder Monkey (Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre).

Mike Burnside is known for playing The Bill’s D.A.C Hicks for nine years as well as for stage performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, at West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal Court and National Theatre.

Aron Julius has performed at the Royal Court Theatre and played series regular Eron in the BBC4 sitcom Puppy Love.

An intense family drama written on the cusp of the civil rights era, A Raisin in the Sun sees the Younger family await the arrival of a cheque for a life changing $10,000. Driven to conflict as they encounter issues of inequality, housing and lack of opportunity that continue to resonate today, the play acts as a stark warning to anyone who measures happiness and personal worth in capital gain.

Read more about A Raisin in the Sun.

The Devil Speaks True - The Vaults, London and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

GOAT and Monkey is presenting The Devil Speaks True at The Vaults, London. Part of VAULT Festival 2016, it runs from February 17 to February 27.

With wireless headphones, video projections and a solo dancer, Goat and Monkey recreate the last hours of Banquo’s life in a pervasive first person adventure.

The audience are placed behind Banquo’s eyes using the original text of Shakespeare’s Macbeth recorded as binaural sound (recordings that create a 3D effect) positioning them in the action.

This sensory production, much of which takes place in partial or pitch darkness, starts on a battlefield smelling of rain and fir trees, and ends at the spectral banquet table.

The script will be intertwined with recordings of interviews with ex-servicemen, giving context to Banquo’s behaviour through the lens of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a condition not widely recognised until the 19th century when it was known as “shell-shock” or “battle fatigue”.

By casting Banquo as a battle-weary soldier returning home, Goat and Monkey create a sense of the surreal as Banquo’s disorientated mind tries to make sense of the world he’s returning to, and shed light on the faith he places in his brother-in-arms Macbeth.

Director Joel Scott said: “We’re stripping the story down and making an intimate experience for our audience. Sitting in the pitch-black, our aim is to disorientate the audiences’ senses; calm moments of introspection will be split apart with vivid moments of intense theatrical experience. We have intertwined our exploration of Banquo with incredible interviews that we’ve conducted with British war veterans. Their experiences of living with the psychological effects of combat have illuminated Banquo’s story to us with chilling clarity.”

Goat and Monkey was founded in 2003 by Joel and Sally Scott and Ian Summers, working in immersive and site-specific theatre to push the boundaries of audience interaction in woodlands, disused industrial spaces, museums, railway carriages, online and in schools. The Devil Speaks True will be their first touring production.

Past productions include The Perils of Poisonous Plants (Kew Gardens), The Knucker, Spy School and The Seed, which received an Inspire Mark logo as part of the Cultural Olympiad for its integrated outreach work with young people. The company is currently working on an intergenerational piece about dementia and an immersive musical with university students on Worthing pier.

Binaural recording is a method of sound recording which uses two microphones placed on either side of a dummy’s head. The sound is picked up by the microphones at slightly different times, as it does when reaching human ears, and creates the 3D effect of the listener being able to place where the performer or instrument were in the room.

Based on Macbeth by William Shakespeare, The Devil Speaks True has video design by Adam Young; set, props and costume design by Rebecca Brower; lighting design by Leo Woolcock; sound design by Dom Kennedy (also composer) and choreography by Neil Callaghan (also performer).

The Devil Speaks True is suitable for ages 14+.

Tickets: £16 – available on 0207 401 9603 or online at

Times: Wednesday to Saturday at 7.15pm, Sunday, February 21 at 7.15pm, Saturday matinee TBC.

Running Time: 60 minutes.

Following the London dates The Devil Speaks True tours to The Garage, Norwich (February 29), Brunel Arts Centre (March 3), Portsmouth New Theatre Royal (March 9), Firestation Centre for the Arts, Windsor (March 10), The Attenborough Centre, Leicester (March 11), Old Fire Station, Oxford (March 17) and Dome Studio, Brighton (March 18-19).

Some People Talk About Violence - Camden People's Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the success of Nothing in 2014, Barrel Organ return to Camden People’s Theatre with their second show Some People Talk About Violence – from December 1 to December 12, 2015.

Violence doesn’t only exist in warzones and blockbuster movies. It is everywhere – in our relationships, in our workplaces, in our political structures – yet it is not always seen. We might not see it, but we feel it. In a world of globalisation and greed, of zero hour contracts and The Big Bang Theory, violence worms its way into every aspect of our lives.

Some People Talk About Violence is a show which asks what violence means and what it might look like.

Created by the company and with text by Lulu Raczka (Sunday Times Playwriting Award), Some People Talk About Violence tells the story of a family whose lives are defined by the violence around them in an anarchic, unexpected form.

Some People Talk About Violence premiered at Edinburgh Festival 2015 at Summerhall where it was long-listed for an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Barrel Organ toured the play to Furnace at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Emerge at Warwick Arts Centre.

Some People Talk About Violence was developed with the support of Camden People’s Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and The HUB, Leeds.

Recommended age: 14+

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions – available online at

Time: 9pm.

Disney's Aladdin - full casting announced

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for Disney’s new Broadway musical Aladdin, which opens at the Prince Edward Theatre on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, following preview performances from Friday, May 27.

Joining previously announced Trevor Dion Nicholas, who will be making his West End debut reprising his role as the Genie, will be Dean John-Wilson as Aladdin and former Sugababe Jade Ewen as Jasmine.

Since appearing in Britain’s Got Talent in 2008, Dean John-Wilson has appeared in the UK tour of Sister Act, Songs For a New World and the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production Here Lies Love.

Jade Ewen’s theatre work includes The Lion King, Whistle Down The Wind and most recently, In The Heights.

They will be joined by Don Gallagher (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sweeney Todd) as Jafar; Peter Howe (originator of the role of Michael Wormwood in Matilda The Musical) as Iago; Irvine Iqbal (Bend It Like Beckham) as Sultan; Nathan Amzi (In The Heights) as Babkak; Rachid Sabitri (Romeo and Juliet) as Omar; and Stephen Rahman-Hughes (Rock of Ages UK tour) as Kassim.

Completing the line up will be Arran Anzani-Jones, Miles Barrow, Albey Brookes, Lauren Chia, Bianca Cordice, Leon Craig, Daniel de Bourg, Seng Henk Goh, Melanie Elizabeth, Kade Ferraiolo, Michelle Chantelle Hopewell, Fred Johanson, Mitch Leow, Oliver Lidert, Thierry Picaut, Alex Pinder, Briony Scarlett, Kyle Seeley, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Ricardo Spriggs, Katie Singh, Dawnita Smith, Marsha Songcome, Kayleigh Thadani and Jermaine Woods.

Adapted for the stage from the 1992 Disney film, Aladdin tells the story of a young street urchin who frees a genie from a lamp and finds his wishes granted. However, he soon discovers that the evil Jafar has other plans for the lamp – and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she sees that he isn’t quite what he appears to be?

Read more about Aladdin.

Miss Saigon continues at the Prince of Wales Theatre until February 27, 2016.