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There is a new Aladdin in Arabia! As of the 5th June, Matthew Croke will be taking on the title role in Disney's spectacular show. Previously, Croke has understudied major West End roles such as Fiyero in Wicked and Eddie in Funny Girl. He recently appeared as Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain (Salisbury Playhouse and Touring), but Aladdin will be his debut lead role in the West End. Ahead of the cast change, I chatted to Matthew about what it feels like to be going into the iconic role of Aladdin, and asked some questions from fans who have been following the cast change news on Twitter.

Jez Butterworth returns to the stage with his new play The Ferryman at the Royal Court and its upcoming transfer to the Gielgud, we look back on his career.

An American in Paris meets Circus, street dance and London in the brand-new dance production SOHO, currently being performed at The Peacock Theatre. Split into two acts, we journey through London with our protagonist whom I refer to as “The Tourist”, visiting different places throughout the city and meeting all the people suburban London will offer.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most recent addition to his theatre portfolio, The Other Palace, has a noble quest. Put simply, it is a place to develop and nurture new musical theatre writing. Working off a similar model used on Broadway, Lloyd Webber hopes that his venue will be able to allow for more diversity on the musical theatre scene and also develop emerging talent. Bravo! Whisper House is the latest production to be staged in the main house, the second since the theatre was rebranded (formerly the St James’s). The production comes with a sound pedigree. Duncan Sheik, the show's composer and co-lyricist also wrote the multi-award winning Spring Awakening – so we are in safe hands.

Wander down a couple of well-trodden routes off Oxford street and the dingy roads melt away to reveal a neon playground that is like acid on the senses. Welcome to Soho. SOHO, the show (#SohoTheShow) captures this brilliantly. Premiering at Peacock Theatre with a run until 20th May, it explores 24 hours in City of Westminster district.

As soon as Andrew Lloyd Webber's dulcet tones floated over the speakers at the New London Theatre, assuring us that all the children do indeed play the instruments, I knew I was in for a good time. Having not seen the film, I was equally curious as to what has made this show the resounding success it is. It was time to set my preconceptions aside (was I going to get a headache from out of tune drums being banged?) and settle down for an astoundingly good night.

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