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Disney's Aladdin heads to West End

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DISNEY’s new Broadway musical Aladdin is transferring to London’s West End – to the Prince Edward Theatre where it begins preview performances on May 27, 2016.

Adapted for the stage from the 1992 Disney film, Aladdin tells the story of a young street urchin who frees a genie from a lamp and finds his wishes granted. However, he soon discovers that the evil Jafar has other plans for the lamp – and for Princess Jasmine. But can Aladdin save Princess Jasmine and his love for her after she sees that he isn’t quite what he appears to be?

Aladdin features several of the original songs including A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights along with new music written for the production.

Aladdin is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon), with music by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Rice (The Lion King) and Chad Beguelin (Elf), who also wrote the book.

Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas will make his West End debut reprising his role as the Genie. Further casting is yet to be announced.

The film, which starred Robin Williams as the genie, won two Oscars in 1993 for best song and best original music. The show, which is currently running on Broadway, opened in America in 2011 and on Broadway in 2014.

Aladdin is initially booking until October 1, 2016. Tickets will be available from November 23, 2015.

Miss Saigon continues at the Prince Edward Theatre until February 27, 2016.