Aladdin – The Musical is a brilliant stage adaptation of the the 1992 Academy Award-winning animated film of the same name. The riveting musical was adapted in 2010 and has been composed by renowned multiple Academy Award and Grammy winner Alan Menken and Chad Beguelin, earning five Tony Award nominations. In 2016, it opened in the West End replete with splendid special affects, lavish costumes and magnificent sets.
The spectacle is a love story based on an Arabian folklore and features a sweet Genie, a smart street urchin and a beautiful princess. The sweet tale of love and friendship endears to every person and makes for a delightful and entertaining watch.
The Genie introduces the audience to the world of Agrabah, a rich diverse city where lives a young boy named Aladdin who indulges in thievery along with his friends. Meanwhile, in the palace of Agrabah, Princess Jasmine is scolded by her father, the Sultan, for refusing yet another suitor. The Sultan demands that Jasmine must marry a noble prince before her birthday, which is only three days away. This news upsets Sultan’s Royal Vizier Jafar who wants to usurp the throne. He searches for a way to enter the "Cave of Wonders", a mysterious cavern in the desert to seek the lamp that will give him power. The voice of the cave reveals that only one who is worthy, a "diamond in the rough", may enter. When Jafar asks the identity of this "diamond in the rough", it is revealed to be Aladdin. Jafar sets out to find him.
Aladdin bumps into Jasmine who is in disguise of a commoner and falls in love with her. He takes her to his hideout, where they each reveal their unhappiness in their own lives. Jasmine is discovered by the authorities and taken back to the palace while Aladdin is ordered to be killed. He is saved by Jafar and lead to the Cave of Wonders. Grateful for saving his life, Aladdin honors Jafar's request to enter the cave.
Once inside, Aladdin is instructed to bring the lamp to Jafar but he is marveled by the treasure trove he sees in the cave and attempts to take some gold coins as well. The cave gets angry and seals itself with Aladdin inside. Upset, he sits with the lamp and absently rubs it unleashing the genie who comes out and grants him three wishes. He initially disbelieves him but then amused by his good fortune, tricks the Genie into magically releasing them from the cave. Realising this, the Genie states that Aladdin will not receive any more magic help unless he explicitly states "I wish". Genie muses that he would wish for freedom, since he is a prisoner of his lamp and Aladdin promises to free him as his last wish. Aladdin decides to use his first wish to become a prince in order to legally court Jasmine.
Aladdin is introduced as "Prince Ali of Ababwa" and expresses to the Sultan his desire to marry Jasmine. Jasmine overhears the conversation and perceives Ali to be just another shallow prince only to recognize him as the young man whom she met in the marketplace. Aladdin courts Jasmine with a beautiful ride on his magic carpet provided to him by Genie. Cunningly, Jafar gets Aladdin arrested along with his friends and he uses his second wish from the Genie to free them.
The Sultan gives Aladdin his blessing to marry Jasmine worrying Aladdin that he will one day inherit the throne. He tells Genie he's going to save his third wish for a day he may need it rather than use it to free Genie like he promised. Distraught, Genie returns to his lamp which is stolen by Jafar.
As the Sultan announces to the public that Jasmine is to wed Prince Ali, Jafar reveals Aladdin’s real identity. Genie then enters with Jasmine in chains, stating that Jafar is now his master and that his first wish was to make Jasmine his prisoner. He then uses his second wish to crown himself Sultan. Aladdin tricks Jafar into wishing for himself to become a genie so that his power will be unmatched and the Genie grants Jafar's wish who is then sucked into the lamp, bound to it for eternity.
Aladdin uses his third and final wish to set Genie free. He then admits to Jasmine that he loves her, but he cannot pretend to be someone he's not. Seeing the nobility in Aladdin, the Sultan gives permission and Aladdin and Jasmine are married and board the magic carpet and take flight.
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How to get to the Prince Edward Theatre
Leicester Square tube station, served by the Northern and Piccadilly lines, is about 7 minutes away from the Prince Edward Theatre. When exiting the station onto Charing Cross Road, turn right, cross Great Newport Street and Litchfield Street, and then come to Shaftesbury Avenue. Continue straight and take the second left onto Old Compton Street. The theatre is on the right side.
You can also find the Prince Edward Theatre easily from Tottenham Court Road station, which gives access to the Northern and Central lines.
Charing Cross station is a 15-minute walk from the theatre.
The following bus can be taken to reach the theatre: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 159 and 453