Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: The Cast
With the musical retelling of Joseph in the Book of Genesis returning to the West End in 2019, take a look at the cast members who have been announced for the production. Joining an illustrious list of Joseph alumni including Donny Osmond, Jason Donovan and Lee Mead, you won’t want to miss out on this West End revival that’s sure to be a musical of epic proportions.
Joseph: The Cast
Jac Yarrow will make his professional stage debut in the title role at the London Palladium this summer. Fresh out of drama school, Jac has starred in productions of Newsies and Once on this Island while training, but Joseph will mark the start of his West End career. On the role, Jac said “I can’t quite believe it. Here I am, 21 years old, still at Drama School and come June I’ll be standing centre stage at the prestigious London Palladium, singing the iconic music and lyrics of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.”
Jason Donovan will return to the West End to play the Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Australian actor made his West End debut in 1991, playing the titular role in Joseph at the Palladium, opposite Linzi Hateley as the Narrator. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for best actor in a musical, and also had a UK number one single with “Any Dream Will Do”. Since Joseph, he has starred in West End productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Sheridan Smith will play the role of the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a role that was performed by Linzi Hateley in the 1991 production at the Palladium. Over her performing career, Smith has starred in numerous shows across stage and screen, and is perhaps best known for starring as Rudi in Gavin and Stacey opposite fellow West End star James Corden. After appearing in television series The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Smith made her West End debut as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the Ambassadors Theatre.
Winning her first Olivier Award for her portrayal of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Smith’s theatre career grew, going on to star in Hedda Gabler, Flare Path and Funny Girl. Her theatre and television performances crossed over in the ITV biographical drama Cilla, with Smith portraying Liverpudlian songstress and presenter Cilla Black in her early career.
The adult cast is completed by Richard Carson, Michael Pickering, Jack Wilcox, James Ballantyne, Joshua Steel, Femi Akinfolarin, Carl Spencer, Vanessa Fisher, Casey Al-Shaqsy, Emily Ann Potter, Thalia Burt, Harriet Samuel Gray, Kelsie-Rae Marshall, Georgina Parkinson, Hannah Taylor, Michael Cortez, Matt Krzan, Ahmed Hamad, Matthew Rowland, Blythe Jandoo, and Lydia Bannister.
The rotating children’s cast will feature Rihana Akhtar, Mia Byers, Angel Clark, Aoife Connelly, Oliver Crouch, Jacob Dennison, Anna De Oliviera, Tilly Doherty, Nessa Eriksson, Dara Gleeson, Sean Gordon, Maci Hughes, Isabelle Jones, Dino Karakostas, Jamie Kenly, Jaxon Knopf, Olivia Leask, Olivia McNulty, Indiphile Mbonzongwana, Jack Meredith, Chloe Muldowny, Keanna-Skye O’Quinn, Regan Parker, Devon Pomeroy, Etienne Ragoo, Olivia Seagrove, Tom Skoines, Nina Stevenson, Jandice Stewart, Mia Walsh, Luca Willemburg and Sacha Yarwood.
What did critics say about Joseph?
“A jaunty sense of fun permeates director Laurence Connor’s constantly inventive new vision for the show, which is mostly a steamroller of pure joy and comic delights.”
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