Last week I had the opportunity to see one of the West End’s newest and eagerly-anticipated shows, Disney’s Aladdin, with some of my SuperBreak colleagues. The show originally opened on New York’s Broadway and follows the storyline of the award-winning 1992 Disney film.
For those of you who haven’t seen the film, Disney’s Aladdin takes place in the fictional kingdom of Agrabah and tells the story of a street-urchin and how his life is transformed when he has a chance meeting in the marketplace with Agrabah’s Princess Jasmine.
Whilst all this is going on, the evil sorcerer Jafar has his eye on ruling the Agrabah kingdom and this will happen if the princess does not find a prince to marry. Jafar conjures up a spell to create a magic lamp which is hidden in a golden Cave of Wonders and Aladdin is the only person who can enter the cave.
Aladdin is blackmailed by Jafar into entering the cave to retrieve the magic lamp, but things soon get complicated when Aladdin finds that he is trapped inside the cave. However, when he finally finds the lamp, the fun really begins!
By rubbing the lamp, Aladdin brings the magical Genie to life who performs one of the most amazing songs I have ever seen at the theatre, ‘Friend Like Me’. The atmosphere in the theatre was incredible, and it was the first time I have witnessed a standing ovation half way through a West End show – which the Genie definitely deserved.
Aladdin is granted three wishes by the Genie and one of these is used to become a prince, with a flying carpet. If anyone can tell me how the carpet flies I would be very grateful as we could not see any strings, wires or arms – pure magic!
Aladdin is a show for all ages from 5 to 95 and is full of all the feel-good Disney magic. The show features both songs from the original film including ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’, along with new songs written specifically for the West End show.
I didn’t know what to expect when going to see Aladdin, but I can safely say that I was not disappointed and will definitely return to see the show with my family very soon.
Whilst on my theatre break in London, I stayed at the 3* Imperial Hotel on London’s Russell Square. Located only 15 minutes’ walk from Kings Cross station and within walking distance of London’s famous attractions and theatre district, I would definitely recommend this location for anyone looking to explore the delights of Central London.
SuperBreak’s Head of Theatre, David Thomas says:
Disney’s Aladdin opened at The Prince Edward Theatre last night to four star reviews and standing ovations (including the irrepressible Trevor Dion Nicholas stopping the show with his unforgettable “Friend Like Me”). This is the third time I’ve seen this ravishingly beautiful and hugely entertaining show (once on Broadway and twice in London already) and I would be heading back tonight if it wasn’t for the fabulous opening night party at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. There, amidst the Old Masters of JMW Turner and Constable, we toasted the success of this fantastic new addition to London’s West End and danced long into the night…returning home in daylight! So no Aladdin for me tonight, but I’ll be back again next week!
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