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Disney’s The Lion King announced next dedicated Relaxed Performance

The Lion King

Disney’s hit West End musical THE LION KING has today announced that it will hold a dedicated Relaxed Performance on Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 1:30pm. Tickets are now on sale.

Disney’s THE LION KING is committed to creating a friendly and inclusive audience experience at the Lyceum Theatre, London. Having hosted its fifth Autism-Friendly Performance in London in June 2018, the landmark musical is delighted to be presenting a Relaxed Performance for 2019. Relaxed performances are specially adapted to be accessible to a wide range of audiences such as those with autism, those with a learning disability or anyone with a sensory predisposition, with extra trained staff on hand and dedicated quiet areas inside the theatre should anyone need to leave their seat. All patrons who feel this performance might suit their specific needs are warmly encouraged to attend.

Audience members can find out more information and purchase tickets at https://thelionking.co.uk/relaxedperformances/. Tickets are sold at a specially reduced rate and can be selected on a virtual map of the auditorium.

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 19th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 15 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.

Disney’s Aladdin will welcome new Genie Michael James Scott for six weeks this summer

Disney Aladdin

Disney Aladdin

It is announced today that Trevor Dion Nicholas, who has starred as Aladdins London Genie since the hit musical opened in 2016, will join the show’s US Tour for a limited engagement this summer, during which time he’ll play his hometown of Pittsburgh, before returning to the West End. Trevor will be swapping places with American musical theatre star Michael James Scott, who is currently wowing audiences on tour across the US as Genie and will play the role in the London production of Aladdin between 17 August – 30 September 2018.

This marks Michael James’ return to the London stage for the first time in eight years since he made his West End debut in the Broadway transfer of Hair at the Gielgud Theatre in 2010.

Michael James was a member of the original Broadway company of Aladdin in 2014 as standby Genie and Babkak, and originated the role of Genie in the Australian production when it opened in Sydney in 2016. Michael received a prestigious Helpmann Award in 2017 for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his work in the Australian tour. His numerous previous theatre roles include the original Broadway productions of Something Rotten!, The Book of Mormon, Elf – The Musical, The Pirate Queen, Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up andTarzan. Michael has also appeared in Jersey Boys (Las Vegas), Aida (St. Louis) and the 2010 revival of Hair (Broadway and West End) and is also a member of the critically acclaimed group The Broadway Boys and the Grammy-nominated Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Michael James Scott said: “Playing this iconic role of Genie has taken me all over the world, something I never even dreamed of. My ‘Genie Brother’ Trevor Dion Nicholas has raved about his time in London, so to be a part of this awesome Genie swap and return to play the West End again is an enormous Genie-sized gift. I just can’t wait!”

Trevor Dion Nicholas said: “My time here in the West End has been absolutely incredible so far, and I am beyond proud to call London my new home. Still, being presented with the chance to perform this phenomenal show as Genie in Pittsburgh is something I cannot pass up. In a city so close to where I grew up, having an audience full of family and friends, is another dream come true. Michael James Scott is such a wonderful performer and friend to me, I know he and the London audiences will have an absolute blast with each other this summer!”

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 9 February 2019 for individuals and 1 June 2019 for group bookings. For further details please visit www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk

Aladdin features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Tony®, Olivier© and eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winnerTim Rice (EvitaAida), and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin, Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Now in its fifth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater, Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, and it has been seen by more than 7.2 million people to date. The show opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015, had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg, began performances in August 2016 in Australia and launched its North American tour in Chicago in April 2017.

Aladdin is designed by Olivier and seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, five-time Tony-winning lighting designerNatasha Katz, Olivier and two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer MilagrosMedina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

The Prince Edward is first theatre in the West End to receive a National Autistic Society Award

Prince Edward Theatre Team
Prince Edward Theatre Team

Prince Edward Theatre Team

Disney’s hit musical Aladdin has announced that the Prince Edward Theatre, which is owned by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, is the first theatre in the West End to receive an award from The National Autistic Society celebrating its achievements in welcoming autistic guests and their families through training, staff awareness and initiatives such as the hit show’s Autism-Friendly Performances.

Disney works with The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families, to deliver the specially staged performances every year which are designed to make the show more accessible for those affected by autism.

The dedicated Autism-Friendly Performances of Aladdin include modifications to the booking process, performance and the theatre environment, including:

  • The theatre’s foyer includes designated quiet and activity areas; staffed by experts in autism throughout the performance should anyone need to leave their seats.
  • Slight adjustments are made to the performance itself, including the reduction of jarring sounds or strobe lighting that face the audience.
  • The cast of Aladdin along with Prince Edward Theatre box office and front of house staff have been given training to understand the needs of an audience made up of adults and children who are autistic.
  • A specific website has been set up for this performance, linking to a dedicated booking page. The website includes a downloadable ‘visual story’ to help people with autism understand the process of a visit to the theatre, thus aiding their comprehension of the experience and reducing anxiety by explaining each step from arriving in the foyer to the final curtain call.

The next dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance of Aladdin will take place at 1.30pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018Audience members can find out more information and purchase tickets at www.aladdinthemusical/autismfriendlyTickets are sold at a specially reduced rate and can be selected on a virtual map of the auditorium.

Nancy Shakerley, Education and Outreach Manager for Disney Theatrical Group, said: “We are extremely proud to have worked closely with our colleagues at the Prince Edward Theatre to achieve the Autism Friendly Award. We are excited to be holding another Autism-Friendly performance again this summer – Autistic guests and their families are, of course, welcome at any performance but we understand that this more relaxed environment is preferable for some guests.”

Chris Pike, Autism Access Specialist at the National Autistic Society, said: “We are delighted that the Prince Edward Theatre is the first theatre in the West End to receive our prestigious Autism Friendly Award. It’s very well deserved.

“There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK, and many struggle to cope with unfamiliar places and everyday sights and sounds which others are able to filter out, such as artificial lighting, background music or traffic noise.

“Autistic people and their families tell us that they would love to visit the theatre, but because of sensory issues and anxiety in unfamiliar surroundings, they are prevented from doing so. Aladdin’s production team have taken great care in adapting the show, including having a ‘visual story’ online which can help autistic people prepare for their visit in advance.  This means that for some of the audience on 28 August, this will be the very first time that they are able to experience the thrill of a live performance.” 

Graham Bradbury, General Manager of the Prince Edward Theatre, said: “I am delighted on behalf of the team here at the Prince Edward Theatre to receive this award. The award reflects the hard work, dedication and commitment to staff training that everybody undertakes to ensure that the Prince Edward Theatre is an all-inclusive venue offering the very best 5-star customer service possible.”

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK. Although everyone on the autism spectrum is different, people may be under or oversensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours, which can make everyday life extremely challenging. They can also find social situations and unexpected changes a challenge, which can sometimes lead to extreme levels of anxiety.

Aladdin features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Tony®, Olivier© and eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (EvitaAida), and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin,Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Now in its fifth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, seen by  more than 7.2 million people to date. The show opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015, had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg, began performances in August 2016 in Australia and launched its North American tour in Chicago in April 2017.

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Disney’s Aladdin – an Autism-Friendly Performance
Tuesday 28 August at 1.30pm
Tickets on sale
www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk/autismfriendly/

Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton St
London W1D 4HS

Box Office number: 0844 482 5152
www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk

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

Disney's Aladdin Cast for 2018-2019 (c) Disney
Disney's Aladdin Cast for 2018-2019 (c) Disney

Disney’s Aladdin Cast for 2018-2019 (c) Disney

As it prepares to celebrate its second birthday in the West End, Disney’s Aladdin announced today 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.

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. For further details please visitwww.aladdinthemusical.co.uk

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). Fred 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, West End); Coppelia (White Rock Theatre, Hastings) and All England Dance (Peacock Theatre, London). On screen Jermaine has appeared inBorn to Shine (ITV/Kewwhizz); CBeebies (CBBC); As the Bell Rings (Disney Channel); Coming Down the Mountain (BBC); Yo Gabba Gabba!; The FountainLewis (ITV); Miss Marple (Granada Television) and The Paul O’Grady Show (Channel 4).

Julian Capolei will make his West End debut as OmarPrevious 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 BasigaraRobertina Bonano, Danny BeckerAngeline BellBianca CordiceAbigail ClimerLeon Craig, Daniel de Bourg, Nolan EdwardsMelanie ElizabethNordine EzzahrAntony HewittIrvine Iqbal, Blythe JandooAbigail Johnson, Travis Kerry, Dann KharsaVictoria LayzellMitch LeowOliver LidertPhil Mennell,Richard MurphyIan OswaldTarisha RommickKyle SeeleyDominic SibandaRicardo SpriggsJoshua SteelKevin Stephen-JonesKayleigh ThandaniJustin ThomasDamien Winchester and Niko Wirachman.

Aladdin features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Tony®, Olivier© and eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (EvitaAida), and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin,Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Now in its fifth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater, Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, and it has been seen by more than 7.2 million people to date. The show opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015, had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg, began performances in August 2016 in Australia and launched its North American tour in Chicago in April 2017.

Aladdin is designed by Olivier and seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, five-time Tony-winning lighting designerNatasha Katz, Olivier and two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer MilagrosMedina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

ALADDIN
Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton St
London W1D 4HS

Box Office number: 0844 482 5151
www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk

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Disney’ Aladdin launches new video library to accompany its education programme

ALADDIN Credit: Johan Persson

Disney’s hit West End musical Aladdin has launched a brand new video library to accompany its education programme. Nine short films have been made in consultation with teachers in order to help pupils prepare for their theatre experience as well as deepen their knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in theatre making.

Aladdin’s curriculum-linked education resources are created for Key Stage 2, 3 and BTEC pupils, with workshops for pupils aged 7+ also available.

VIDEO LIBRARY

  • Hosted by Angellica Bell (The One Show, CBBC) the videos feature exclusive new footage of rehearsals and interviews with both the show’s original creative team and the London cast and crew, which have been filmed in both London and New York.
  • The video library will give teachers and students a new insight into Aladdin’s costumes, scenic design, music, charactisation, backstage crew, the ensemble, and more.
  • To further enrich these resources all episodes feature end card questions to spark debate and encourage further learning. Production notes and a practitioner profile for Bob Crowley, Aladdin’s scenic designer who is also a prescribed practitioner on the AQA Theatre Studies A-Level specification, are also available.

The new films will link to the curriculum in the following ways;

  • Performing Arts: Pupils gain knowledge of direction, concept, artistic vision and how meaning is communicated, collaborative working as well as what jobs and roles are in the theatre industry.
  • English: Pupils will use Standard English formal and informal contexts, including classroom and structured discussions
  • Art and Design: Pupils will learn how source inspire design, ways in which meanings, ideas and intentions can be communicated through design & analyse theatre using the language of design.

CLASSROOM RESOURCES FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS:

  • Aladdin’s education programme has been designed to maximise the learning potential of a trip to see the production. Prior to the theatre visit, pre-show resources can be freely accessed on the shows education website, these include session ideas, background to the show, including synopsis, journey to the stage, insight into what inspired the show as well as information on preparing a group for their theatre trip.
  • The primary school resources consist of creative session ideas that can inspire cross- curricular learning in English, art and design, music, PSHE as well as producing an assembly.
  • For secondary schools there are sessions ideas in subject areas English, Dance and PSHE which teachers can adapt to suit their schemes of work.

PRE-SHOW WORKSHOPS:

  • Schools can choose from 4 practical workshops: Introductory Movement and MusicSpotlight on ActingSpotlight on Singingand Spotlight on Dance. Each workshop is adapted to the specific needs and level of expertise of the group.
  • Disney Theatrical Teaching artists lead the group through 90 minutes of singing, dancing and acting. All workshops give students the rare opportunity to explore the world of the production and learn content from the show they are about to see.

Theatre tickets are now available for education groups of 10+ with prices beginning at £19.50 and education workshops are £12.50 per pupil. For booking information please visit www.aladdineducation.co.uk.

Aladdin features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Tony®, Olivier© and eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (EvitaAida), and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin,Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Now in its fifth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, seen by  more than 7.2 million people to date. The show opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015, had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg, began performances in August 2016 in Australia and launched its North American tour in Chicago in April 2017.

Aladdin is designed by Olivier and seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, six-time Tony-winning lighting designerNatasha Katz, Olivier and two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

ALADDIN
Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton St
London W1D 4HS

Box Office number: 0844 482 5151
www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk

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Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ welcomes new cast members, includes Janique Charles as ‘Nala’ and Gary Jordan as ‘Zazu’

'Can You You Feel The Love Tonight' - Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 ©Disney
'The Embrace' - Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 ©Disney

‘The Embrace’ – Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 ©Disney

Today, the London production of THE LION KING welcomes 11 new cast members, including Janique Charles, Gary Jordan and Dominique Planter who take over the principal roles of ‘Nala’, ‘Zazu’ and ‘Shenzi’ respectively. Now in its 18th triumphant year, over 14 million people have seen Disney’s award-winning musical at the Lyceum Theatre.

THE LION KING marks Janique Charles’ West End debut. Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Janique moved to London to join the UK touring cast of THE LION KING in 2013. A rising star, she has travelled extensively and brings her experiences to her role as Nala. She joined the London production of THE LION KING in May 2016 as part of the ensemble cast, but she now steps up to play the principal role of Nala.

Gary Jordan has performed in London’s West End in Grease (Victoria Palace), Anyone Can Whistle (Savoy) and in the UK tours of High Society and Playdays Live. Gary is also a pianist and musical director.

Dominique Planter has been a swing in the THE LION KING since 2016, this marks her West End debut in a principal role.

THE LION KING also welcomes new cast members from The Philippines, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the UK: Lila Anderson, Owen Chaponda, Deborah Dada, Debôrah Godchaser, Brian James Leys, Nathan Louis-Fernand, Nonhlanhla Makthathini, Rutendo Mushonga, Luciano Santos Souza and Karlene Wray.

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They join a uniquely international company, which already includes performers from 11 countries around the world. The company is led by George Asprey as Scar, Shaun Escoffery as Mufasa, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as Rafiki, Richard Frame as Timon, Keith Bookman as Pumbaa, Nick Afoa as Simba, David Blake as Banzai and Mack McGee as Ed.

'Can You You Feel The Love Tonight' - Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 ©Disney

‘Can You You Feel The Love Tonight’ – Nick Afoa as Simba, Janique Charles as Nala 2017 ©Disney

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 18th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 14 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. Tickets are currently on sale until 25th May 2018 for Groups.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved animation film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by more than 90 million people across six continents. Ten productions are running concurrently around the globe. In addition to the record-breaking production in London and New York, THE LION KING can currently be seen in Hamburg, Madrid, Scheveningen (The Netherlands), Shanghai, Tokyo, Sapporo, Mexico City and across North America.

THE LION KING is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

First Look: Image and Video Release: New Aladdin Matthew Croke in costume as the iconic title role

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre - Matthew Croker (Aladdin) Photographer Matt Crockett. © Disney 10148_R

Disney’s Aladdin announces cast change ahead of its first anniversary. Matthew Croke will play Aladdin, marking his West End debut in a leading role

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre - Matthew Croke (Aladdin)
Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre - Matthew Croke (Aladdin)

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre – Matthew Croke (Aladdin) © Matthew Crockett

Disney Theatrical Productions announced today that Matthew Croke will star in the title role of Aladdin as the new musical based on the classic Academy Award®-winning animated film approaches its first birthday in the West End. Jade Ewen will continue in the role of Jasmine and Trevor Dion Nicholas, who made his London stage debut as Genie, remains in the role.

The role marks Matthew’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 inChicago (Cambridge Theatre), Eugene in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), Don in Singin’ in the Rain (Palace Theatre) and Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria).

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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.

Travis Kerry and Niko Wirachman both 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.

Disney’s hit new West End musical Aladdin opened to critical acclaim on 15 June 2016, having begun preview performances from 27 May 2016. The show continues to play to sell-out houses, breaking attendance records at its London home, the Prince Edward Theatre. Tickets are now on sale for performances up to and including 30 September 2017 for individuals and 10 February 2018 for group bookings. For further details please visit www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk

Now in its fourth record-breaking year on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, seen by  more than 4 million people to date. The show opened at Tokyo’s Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in May 2015, had its European premiere in December 2015 at the Stage Theatre Neue Flora, Hamburg, began performances in August 2016 in Australia and launches its North American tour next month in Chicago.

Aladdin features the timeless songs from the 1992 animated film as well as new music written by Tony®, Olivier© and eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast,The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida), and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), and a book by Beguelin, Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Previous Disney stage productions in London have included Shakespeare in Love and the Olivier-winning productions of Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and The Lion King, which is now playing its 18th year in the West End.

Aladdin is designed by Olivier and seven-time Tony-winning scenic designer Bob Crowley, five-time Tony-winning lighting designer Natasha Katz, Olivier and two-time Tony-winning costume designer Gregg Barnesand sound designer Ken Travis. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.

The production team also includes illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

ALADDIN
Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton St
London W1D 4HS

Newsies, The Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical will play cinemas on 19 February in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand

Disney's Newsies The Broadway Musical - The Newsboys. Photo by Disney Theatrical Productions

Disney’s Newsies The Broadway Musical – The Newsboys. Photo by Disney Theatrical Productions

Audiences will be able to experience the Tony® Award-winning musical NEWSIES in cinemas for the first time when it makes its cinema debut on Sunday 19 February 2017 in the UK, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand following the US on 16 February and cinemas in certain other countries on or after 22 February. Disney Theatrical Productions is the international distributor alongside Arts Alliance Distribution, Ltd.

Based on the 1992 film and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES, the Broadway Musical, features a Tony® Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and lyrics by Jack Feldman, Tony Award-winning choreography by Christopher Gattelli, and book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots). The fan-following for NEWSIES became a phenomenon over the years since its release on home video, becoming Disney’s single most requested title to be adapted for the stage.

Inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ NEWSIES is set in New York City at the turn of the century and tells the tale of newsboy Jack Kelly, a charismatic and rebellious leader of a group of “newsies” who dreams of a life far from the hardship of the streets. When publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies his army of newsies to strike.

Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl, The Last 5 Years) will be reprising his Tony Award-nominated performance as “Jack Kelly”.  NEWSIES played on Broadway from March 2012 – August 2014 and toured the US from October 2014 – October 2016.

Disney’s The Lion King Announces Next Dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance for June 2017

Disney UK today announced that its production of THE LION KING will hold a dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance on Sunday 4 June 2017 at 1:30pm. This follows the success of previous such performances designed to make the show more accessible for those affected by autism. In line with the announcement they have released a short video here looking at how the Autism-Friendly Performance is created. Tickets are now on sale.

The Lion King

The Lion King

Disney’s THE LION KING staged the West End’s first dedicated Autism-Friendly Performance in April 2013, working closely with The National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. THE LION KING has now staged three such performances in London and one in Edinburgh during the show’s UK tour.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, including an estimated 700,000 people in the UK. Although everyone on the autism spectrum is different, people may be under or oversensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours, which can make everyday life extremely challenging. They can also find social situations and unexpected changes a challenge, which can sometimes lead to extreme levels of anxiety.

Understandably, a visit to a musical on the scale of THE LION KING in London’s busiest theatre could prove an overwhelming experience for a significant number of people in the UK who are autistic.

These dedicated Autism-Friendly Performances of THE LION KING include modifications to the booking process, performance and the theatre environment, including:

  • The theatre’s foyer includes designated quiet and activity areas; staffed by experts in autism throughout the performance should anyone need to leave their seats
  • Slight adjustments are made to the performance itself, including the reduction of jarring sounds or strobe lighting that face the audience
  • The cast of THE LION KING along with Lyceum Theatre box office and front of house staff have been given training to understand the needs of an audience made up of adults and children who are autistic
  • A specific website has been set up for this performance, linking to a dedicated booking page. The website includes a downloadable ‘visual story’ to help people with autism understand the process of a visit to the theatre, thus aiding their comprehension of the experience and reducing anxiety by explaining each step from arriving in the foyer to the final curtain call

Audience members can find out more information and purchase tickets at www.lionkingautismfriendly.co.uk.  Tickets are sold at a specially reduced rate and can be selected on a virtual map of the auditorium.

Disney’s award-winning musical THE LION KING is now in its 18th triumphant year at London’s Lyceum Theatre. Since the UK premiere in London on Tuesday 19th October 1999, THE LION KING has entertained over 13 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It is currently the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time.Tickets are currently on sale until 30th April 2017 for individuals and 1st October 2017 for groups.

Julie Taymor’s internationally-celebrated stage adaptation of Disney’s beloved animated film premiered on Broadway in 1997 and has now been seen by more than 85 million people across six continents. Nine productions are running concurrently around the globe. In addition to the record-breaking productions in London and New York, The Lion King can currently be seen in Hamburg, Madrid, Tokyo, Mexico City, Shanghai, Scheveningen and on tour across North America.