Prince Edward Theatre
28 Old Compton Street
London, W1D 4HS
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Opened: 27 May 2016
Booking from: 21 Feb 2017
Booking until: 31 Jul 2017
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval

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  • aaronajlburgess 6ft something male 1 review 0 helpful votes
    80% total rating Aladdin, 23rd July 2016
    I have to start by mentioning how blown over I was with Trevor Dion Nichols who played the Genie, an iconic character anyone will admit, being portrayed by the late and great Robin Williams in the 1992 animated film. Nichols had played the Genie on Broadway, I think as an understudy or replacement, but recently relocating to London to star in the West End production of Aladdin. He was by far the most charismatic, talented, funny and wonderful person on that whole stage. He certainly was the star of the night and that showed in the response he got from the audience, most standing to applaud such an energetic performance. He has the best song in the show, ‘Friend Like Me’ and boy does he do it justice. A 7 minute, non-stop musical number, with a Disney medley honouring the work of Disney legends Howard Ashman, Stephen Swartz and Alan Menken with Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas and The Little Mermaid, being featured. This was also one of the most visually amazing parts of the show. It involves magic, glitter, quick changes, illusions and an explosion of confetti into the audience. I cannot get over this one scene; I want to see it over and over again. There are clips on the Internet of the Tony performance but this does not capture one bit how amazing it is to sit among it, plus it is a snippet of the full scene. If you do not enjoy anything else about Aladdin, Nichols’ performance will have you gagging for more and he will draw you in to the Arabian magic. I have to admit apart from Nichols I was not blown away by the rest of the cast. I had seen Dean John-Wilson recently at the St James’ Theatre in Miss Atomic Bomb where I thought he was really good. Thus I was really looking forward to seeing him as the protagonist in this show which had received fantastic reviews. I am not sure what it was but I thought his voice was not the best and no way compared to Nichols’. The same was said for Jade Ewen playing Jasmine. A former Sugababe I was having high hopes for this performance, again I was completely underwhelmed. The songs sung by Ewen and John-Wilson did nothing for my inner romantic side, so ‘A Whole New World’ was disappointing, vocally, not visually (wait!). Jafar was played by Don Gallagher who is a well-known TV and stage actor but I felt this performance was very panto-esque (I love a panto, but there is a place and time). Whether this was aimed at the kids I am not sure. I enjoyed Peter Howe as Iago, who does the most fantastic human version of an animated parrot, the reference to Iago as a parrot in the film was good and he even sounded like the Iago in the film. Irvine Iqbal played the Sultan, who albeit not in it much had a really amazing voice so it was a shame he only really has one (big) number. Instead of the monkey Abu as Aladdin’s side kick he has three mates, Babkak, Omar and Kassim (I liked Kassim, played by Stephen Rahman-Hughes), and I understand it would have been difficult to portray a tiny monkey on stage, but I think I would have preferred a monkey as opposed to three mates, although there is a reference to Abu in the Prince Ali number. Also there is no tiger (Rajah). I think the creatives of Aladdin outweigh the cast by a million, excluding Nichols’ of course. With the hero of Disney, a god of musical theatre and a talent not many can top, you can’t really go wrong when you have Alan Menken writing the music for a stage show, and again this is something he has exceeded in. With old classics such as Arabian Nights, One Jump Ahead, Friend Like Me, Prince Ali and of course A Whole New World what can go wrong. With lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, Tim Rice (another fantastic Disney and Musical theatre lyricist) and Chad Beguelin (who also writes the book) it really is a fantastic score. It was great to hear some of Ashman’s work that was cut from the original animated film, the song Proud of Your Boy I have fallen in love with and High Adventure is a catchy little number too. I always think it is hard to beat the classics and the newer songs which were written for the stage version don’t live up to the classics. A Million Miles Away was a bit flat for me, although hearing it on the Broadway cast album does sound better and ‘These Palace Walls’ has been forgotten. Some of the scenes were absolutely beautiful and were mesmerising which is not an over exaggeration at all. Scenic design was by Bob Crowley, illusion design by Jim Steinmeyer, and Lighting by Natasha Katz. The scenes start to become out of this world with Diamond in the Rough leading to Friend Like Me. The stage turns into an actual Sahara goldmine. Everything is so sparkly and dazzling, the lion sand monster comes to life and you just do not know where to look. The transformation of the stage during Friend Like Me and the illusory effects are just fantastic and it really gives off that magical vibe. I cannot give too much away as it will spoil the show if you see it. Katz does an amazing job with A Whole New World, again the stage transforms into the night sky, with shooting stars, perspective changes and the love between Jasmine and Aladdin comes to life with the lighting arrangements. It really was a spectacular moment, and yes there is a magic carpet ride, beautiful! All of this wonder is added to by the gorgeous costume design by Gregg Barnes. From the dramatic bold colours off all the characters to the innocent and rich white of the Prince and his entourage they were all so beautiful. The Arabian feel for costumes was definitely captured within the costumes and there was so much bling it was fabulous. Some of those costumes are bound to have weighed a ton (I should know I spent a good 20 minutes at the V&A trying them on). And I am assuming this would be down to make-up design (Milagros Medina-Cerdeira), anyway whose ever idea it was to put glitter on the bald head of the Genie, for me this was the icing on the cake, or the glitter on the head (haha! Bad joke sorry). If (or when) I go bald at least I have the comfort of knowing I can sparkle in the light of having no hair with body glitter on my head, YES! To read the full review please visit -
    Sat in Stalls T10
    The seats were great. I could see all what I wanted. I could see the whole stage, all the scenery and the faces of those in it. The only thing that could have made it amazing was to be a little further forward as the confetti that shoots into the audience did not reach me.
    T10 Stalls - Prince Edward Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls T10
  • dreamalongjoy 5"8 female 20 reviews 1 helpful vote
    100% total rating Aladdin, 9th July 2016
    Like every other review of this show ever written, I have to start by extolling the talent of Trevor Dion Nicholas. Without his exuberance, energy, charm and charisma, this show would be a shadow of what it is. He, not Dean John-Wilson, is the centrepiece of this show, and it is utterly criminal that he doesn't bow last. His performance remains the best thing I have seen on the west end, and I expect that accolade to remain his for a long time. British reservedness means standing ovations are a dying art, but this man brings people to their feet. My only complaint is that it's sometimes hard to drag your eyes off him and take in the rest of the show. Dean John-Wilson is a chronically disappointing Aladdin, who doesn't really drum up all that much emotion - his parents are dead and he's nothing but a street rat! But he's pretty chill about it. He's fallen in love with the Princess! But he's pretty chill about it. He's locked in a dungeon in the palace! But he's pretty chill about it. He has to wear a waistcoat every day! But he's pretty chill about it. He is underwhelming, and there are several moments when the show falls flat because of it. The rest of the cast are a powerhouse of talent, and the sets, stage effects and costumes are a visual spectacle like no other. It's a super fun time, and I hope it stays forever - or for as long as Trevor Dion Nicholas is prepared to step into his magic lamp every night.
    Sat in Stalls L16
    This seat is what dreams are made of: there's an aisle in front of you, giving you excellent legroom, and the view is phenomenal. This seat has the benefit of being directly central too - easily the best seat in the house.
    L16 Stalls - Prince Edward Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls L16
  • jamesatwill 178 male 35 reviews 1 helpful vote
    80% total rating Aladdin, 12th January 2017
    This show is absolutely stunning - the real highlight are the costumes and sets - the colours are just incredible, and the designers definitely deserve to win any awards they are nominated for! The Genie is by far the stand out performer - absolutely hilarious - I really wasn't sure if anyone would be able to live up to Robin Williams from the film, but this was a great contemporary take on the role. His 'megamix' during Friend Like Me was a highlight! The other highlight is of course the magic carpet - I could not work out at all how they managed to make it fly, and I can't find any answers when Googling, so I presume it is actual magic
    This was a brilliant seat - the seats have all been replaced relatively recently, so they are very comfortable. The legroom in this seat was great, and if you know the person sitting to your left you can even stretch your left leg out a bit more as theres no seat in front of the seat to your left. The view was great - I didn't have anyone in front blocking my view, and you get a good central view of the whole stage.
    G25 Dress Circle - Prince Edward Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle G25
  • jonstansberry 6'0" male 2 reviews 0 helpful votes
    100% total rating Aladdin, 14th February 2017
    Antony Hewitt (understudy Aladdin) is just... brought tears to my eyes during Proud of Your Boy. If you read the Cast Board, do not sigh if it displays his name because he was outstanding.
    This was a miracle-find on Time Out / See Tickets. We bought because it was the cheapest we could find for specifically that Matinee and desperately wanted to see Aladdin. The view was great, a little bit of Upstage Right was cut off (back left if you're looking at the stage) but we saw a lot of magic (A Whole New World was perfect, no restriction) - we also saw a few things at times that ruined magic! But it was still great either way. Paid £35.70 for these tickets. They are in a line, so you're sort of sat behind each other vertically whereas you'd sit horizontally in the Stalls / DC / GC. The seats are fixed, and we only had to lean a little bit to the right to see the very corner of Downstage Right. But I am 6 foot, and my leg room was great. I could even stretch my legs out to the left It was a £5 difference between the Dress Circle Slip Box and the Upper Circle Slip Box - definitely pay the £5 extra for the DC Slip Box!
    Slips 24 Dress Circle - Prince Edward Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle Slips 24
The Stalls in the Prince Edward Theatre offer the best views. For those on a budget, sit in the back rows of the Stalls for a perfect, unobstructed view of the entire stage.
Prince Edward Theatre, London interactive seating plan & seat reviews
Casey Nicholaw’s smash-hit spectacular Aladdin flew into the Prince Edward Theatre, after taking Broadway by storm. Bringing the bright and vibrant Arabian Nights to life, Disney introduces yet another popular stage adaptation to the West End, following the hugely successful The Lion King. Nominated for a staggering five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Aladdin promises to be an entirely magical musical.

Based on the tale from 1001 Arabian Nights and adapted by Chad Beguelin (Elf the Musical), Aladdin tells the story of a young and hopeful street urchin who steals to live. When he stumbles across a magic lamp and the even more magic Genie inside it, he has the opportunity to make all of his dreams come true. After he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine, Aladdin is determined to win her heart, with a little help from the very generous Genie.

Dean John-Wilson, finalist from Britain’s Got Talent and upcoming musical theatre star, leads the cast as Aladdin, alongside former Sugababe Jade Ewen as Princess Jasmine, who is currently wowing critics as Vanessa in In the Heights. Trevor Dion Nicholas makes his West End debut as the Genie, after understudying the role in the Broadway production. Further cast members include Don Gallagher (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Producers) as Jafar, Peter Howe (Matilda the Musical, Lord of the Rings) as Iago, Irvine Iqbal (Bombay Dreams) as the Sultan and Nathan Amzi (In the Heights) as Babkak.

With wonderfully memorable music by eight-time Academy Award winner and Disney maestro Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Aladdin includes many of the original songs from the 1992 film. Popular songs include ‘One Jump Ahead’, ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘Prince Ali’ and the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning ‘A Whole New World’. Songs that were cut from the animation, such as ‘Proud of Your Boy’ feature in this new, dazzling musical, alongside some entirely new songs that will delight and entertain even the most adamant Aladdin fans. The production features design by six-time Tony Award-winning Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound by Ken Travis and costume by Gregg Barnes.
Suitable For
Fans of The Lion King will love this new Disney venture, which features many of the original songs from the film. Those who enjoy musical theatre will love the new songs that feature in the score.