Cast update: Who are the 14 Aladdin newbies in the West End?

10 May
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
(clockwise) Fred Johanson, Julian Capolei & Jermaine Woods

As hit London musical Aladdin enters its third year at the Prince Edward Theatre, 14 new cast members embrace a whole new world, including #StageFaves Fred Johanson and Julian Capolei.

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.

Aladdin opened to critical acclaim at the Prince Edward Theatre on 15 June 2016. Tickets are now on sale for performances up to and including 29 September 2018 for individuals and 9 February 2019 for group bookings.

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 features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), Tim Rice (Evita, Aida), and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin, the musical is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).


Fred Johanson’s previous theatre credits include Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (National and European Tours, Lyceum Theatre, London, Gothenburg Operahouse and Gotalejon Stockholm); Javert in Les Misérables (Malmo Opera House and Copenhagen); 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 Kristiansund) and Max in Sunset Boulevard (Gothenburg Opera, London Coliseum).  

Jermaine Woods has previously had roles in Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith); The Lion King (UK Tour and Lyceum Theatre, West End); Coppelia (White Rock Theatre, Hastings) and All England Dance (Peacock Theatre, London).

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).