Whether you’re a Disney fan or not, the West End’s “Aladdin” is sure to transport you to A Whole New World. Unified’s Elise gave it four stars ****
As a self-confessed (and proud) Disney fanatic, some people may accuse me of being slightly biased when it comes to reviewing an official Disney West End production. These people would be right, however, I will try my best to review Aladdin with an impartial hat on (even if I did get the hat from Disney World).
A year ago to this day, I queued for hours in the pouring rain amongst hundreds of other girls at the open call for 'Aladdin' I didn't think I had a chance, I hadn't even started my final year of training. But a year later I am having the time of my life surrounded by talent and love – in the biggest ( sparkliest ✨) and most 'Magnificent' ( @huffpostuk ) show in the West End, what a exciting start to my career… I look forward for what the future holds but right now I am grateful! Thank you @aladdinlondon 💜 #aladdinlondon #grateful
First of all, let me assure you that whether you have seen the Disney classic film “Aladdin” or not (and if not, why not?!), you will thoroughly enjoy this theatrical experience. The show remains true enough to the movie to please avid fans like me, but also adds enough surprise elements for it to be unaccusable of simply regurgitating the original movie. Aladdin (Matthew Croke) is still a pauper who falls in love with Princess Jasmine (Jade Ewen), Disney’s sassiest princess who dreams of freedom and marrying for love rather than following tradition, much to the dismay of her father, the Sultan (Irvine Iqbal). The couple’s dream of defying the odds is thwarted by evil vizier, Jafar (Don Gallagher), but comes to fruition with the help of the wish-granting Genie (Trevor Dion Nicholas, who – by the way – completely steals the show).
The soundtrack comprises of the classics as well as a few new numbers that are every bit as enjoyable as the ones we know and love, and none more so than the absolutely spellbinding “Never Had a Friend Like Me”. Performed by the remarkable genie, I found myself mesmerised throughout this number by the dancing, the set, the lights: just when you think it couldn’t possibly get any bigger, it does! This act would be enough to put a smile on the face of even the most anti-Disney viewer (i.e. the unwilling dads who have been dragged along by their daughters, mine included).
I was curious before going to see Aladdin about how they would pull off the iconic magic carpet ride in the equally anticipated “A Whole New World”. Without giving any spoilers away, believe me when I say that this segment of the show is absolutely beautiful, magical even. Yes, I may be easily pleased by anything remotely Disney, but you would have to be on a Jafar-like level of misery for this scene to not move you in any way. I mean, I’m still wondering how they did it now (although I’m pretty sure it’s Disney magic, obvs).
So, while you may not be on my level of Disney obsessiveness, I would highly recommend Aladdin to absolutely anyone. Whether Disney is your “thing” or not, the way of the modern world can be enough to get you down, and I personally wouldn’t deny anyone the few hours of blissful escapism that Disney’s “Aladdin” is able to provide.
Aladdin is currently booking until 30th June 2018, tickets available here.