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A whole new world comes to London
Earning a standing ovation in the interval of its first night preview, Disney's official Aladdin musical continues to wow and fulfill the wishes of fans at London's Prince Edward Theatre. Aladdin showcases magical special effects and stunning costumes with music from top producers Tim Rice (The Lion King), Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) and Chad Beguelin, who also wrote the book for Disney's Aladdin.
Based on Disney's 1992 film of the same name, Aladdin the musical is a tale of love, greed, friendship and pride among other things whilst being lighthearted and extremely funny (the Genie being one of the best comedic characters). New music was produced especially for Aladdin London but of course there's all the favourites from the film including One Jump Ahead, Friend Like Me and A Whole New World. Aladdin is great family entertainment for adults and children with Disney stating it's most suitable for ages six and up.
Aladdin useful information
Performance hours: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm. Thursday and Saturday afternoon matinee show at 2.30pm.
Arrival time: There's no need to arrive much earlier than show time but it is recommended to arrive 30 minutes before the show starts if you'll be collecting your Aladdin tickets from the theatre box office.
Running time: Aladdin the musical lasts approximately two and a half hours, including a 15-20 minute interval.
Age limits: Disney recommends Aladdin for ages six and up. Children 16 years and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Children under three will not be admitted into the theatre.
Maps: Seating Plan - Map to venue
Facilities: Access dogs allowed (only two in the auditorium at a time), audio/captioned performance (certain dates), cloakroom, five bars including one with an outdoor balcony, toilets (including disabled), wheelchair access
Telephone: 0844 482 5151 / 0044 207 812 7498 (from overseas)
Venue address: Prince Edward Theatre, Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4HS
Wiki page: Aladdin musical Wikipedia
Aladdin facts and trivia
The original showing of Aladdin the musical was first performed in 2011 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, USA. The official Broadway opening took place on 20 March 2014 after productions throughout 2012-2013 in Utah, St. Louis, the Philippines, and with a Spanish version staged in Colombia.
Aladdin the musical's special effects are created by Jim Steinmeyer, who helped David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear. Other theatre works by Steinmeyer include Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins.
Some characters from Aladdin have been changed in order to work on stage. Abu the monkey and Iago the parrot have been changed to human characters, a tweak that hasn't caused disappointment according to critical and fan reviews.
In Disney's 1992 Aladdin film, the Genie, voiced by Robin Williams makes references to popular culture. The musical has less of this and the Genie is instead given a Cab Calloway-esque persona. Cab Calloway was an African-American jazz/scat singer and bandleader who was active from the 1930's until his death in 1994.