6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Essex Life today click here

Review: Disney Aladdin, The West End musical at Prince Edward Theatre

PUBLISHED: 16:51 13 June 2018

Aladdin (Matthew Croke) and the Genie (Trevor Dion Nicholas) (c) Deen van Meer

Aladdin (Matthew Croke) and the Genie (Trevor Dion Nicholas) (c) Deen van Meer

Archant

This energetic, riotous adaption of colour, magic and song will have you singing along, tapping your feet and smiling from ear to ear

We’re all familiar with the story of Aladdin: ‘diamond in the rough’ Aladdin meets and falls in love with Princess Jasmine and, with a help from a larger-than-life Genie he gets the chance to prove he’s worthy of her affection. Throw in Jasmine’s sweet yet overbearing father, the Sultan, the Sultan’s evil personal adviser Jafar and Jafar’s trusty side-kick Iago and unfortunately all doesn’t run smoothly for poor Aladdin.

The 1992 Disney animated film holds a special place in many hearts, and it isn’t easy to translate all that magic that many hold so dear onto the stage.

It’s clear that a lot of hard work has gone into the West End show. Award-winning scenic designer Bob Crawley has created spectacular sets and curated mind-blowing special effects. Put that together with the colourful, and jewel encrusted, costumed cast of 30, this production is a feast for the eyes.

Jasmine (Jade Ewen) and Aladdin (Matthew Croke) (c) Johan Persson Jasmine (Jade Ewen) and Aladdin (Matthew Croke) (c) Johan Persson

Remaining true to the tale, with just a few minor details amended to suit the theatre, audiences still get to enjoy the timeless songs, the breathtaking scenery and magic of the story, and the characters we know and love. Abu has been replaced with three cheery, fellow street rats and Iago (fantastically played by Jermaine Woods) is now a loud, impish sort of man who is just as catty, provocative and quick-witted as the parrot we remember from the film.

Voiced by the late Robin Williams, the Genie was the stand-out star of Disney’s 1992 animation, and Trevor Dion Nicholas’ portrayal certainly does the character justice. Dressed head-to-toe in outlandish colour and, of course, covered in sequins and glitter, his infectious exuberance leaves the audience longing for the Genie to spring from the lamp. You just wait to you see the all singing, all dancing spectacle of the show-stopping ‘Friend Like Me’.

Aladdin - the West End musical (c) Deen van Meer Aladdin - the West End musical (c) Deen van Meer

Although beautifully sang by Matthew Croke and Jade Ewen, the well-known‘A Whole New World’ was slightly upstaged by the visual splendour that was the magic carpet ride against a bejewelled night’s sky. Illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer created a stunning scene – with no strings in sight!

Moments of mischief and naughty quips added to the magic of the evening, bringing a story told over 20 years ago bang up-to-date. Kudos to Trevor Dion Nicholas for ‘flossing’ – I didn’t think anyone over 21 could do that!

As cheesy as it sounds, it has something to offer audiences young and old. This energetic, riotous adaption of colour, magic and song will have you singing along, tapping your feet and smiling from ear to ear.

Jasmine (Jade Ewen) and Aladdin (Matthew Croke) (c) Johan Persson Jasmine (Jade Ewen) and Aladdin (Matthew Croke) (c) Johan Persson

Aladdin’s global presence has grown to six productions on four continents, and it has been seen by more than 7.2 million people to date.

Opened to critical acclaim at the Prince Edward Theatre on June 15 2016, Aladdin enters its third year at the West End. Aladdin will play Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinee performances on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are on sale for performances up to and including September 29 2018 for individuals and February 9 for group bookings.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit aladdinthemusical.co.uk.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Essex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Essex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Essex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Tue, 16:24

Mersea Island is under threat from the very waters that make it one of the county’s most treasured locations for residents and visitors. Petra Hornsby finds out more about plans being put in place to save it

Read more
Tue, 10:49

Whatever you fancy doing this summer, there will be a location in Essex providing just what you’re after. Here are 9 places for a cracking summer day out

Read more
Tue, 10:31

Summer has officially arrived here in Essex, so it’s time to grab your picnic blankets and sunglasses and begin ticking off your bucket list…

Read more
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New research by TotallyMoney suggests Essex is one of the best counties for London commuter hotspots. Based on average house price, length of commute by train and the cost of an annual train ticket these are the best commuter towns in Essex

Read more
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Spend Halloween hunting down ghouls and ghosts in the county’s most haunted places and spaces. We pick 10 absolutely terrifying locations to visit this October.

Read more
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Lots of the towns and villages in Essex have fascinating histories and beautiful buildings making them wonderful places to live. We pick ten of the prettiest places to live in this round-up sponsored by Essex & Suffolk Water

Read more
Thursday, May 24, 2018

As the trend for investing in personal experiences over consumer goods continues to grow, general manager of Wivenhoe House hotel Oliver Brown is reporting continued success for the four-star luxury hotel just outside Colchester

Read more
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

From James Bond to Batman, Essex has been known to bask in a little Hollywood glitz. Here are 19 that have used our county’s incredible locations on the big screen

Read more
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Byrhtnoth, one of Maldon’s most famous sons, is still remembered for his part in the Battle of Maldon, protecting the port against Viking invaders, but Petra Hornsby meets a new breed of locals taking on an altogether different battle

Read more
Monday, May 14, 2018

Can you distinguish your Colchesters from your Canterburys and your Margates from your Merseas? Take our quiz to test your knowledge of Essex and Kent!

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Essex's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area




Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search