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Aladdin review

Theatre, Musicals Prince Edward Theatre , Soho Until Saturday July 27 2019
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© Deen van MeerDean John-Wilson (Aladdin) and Jade Ewen (Jasmine)
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Trevor Dion Nicholas's Genie is worth the price of admission in this slightly confused Disney almost-panto

They don’t really have pantomimes in the US, which may explain why the creatives behind this hit Broadway adaptation of Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ made a pantomime, probably without realising.

There’s no Widow Twankey or Wishee Washee, but Alan Menken’s musical gives you the same things as a decent British panto ‘Aladdin’: lavish set pieces (designer Bob Crowley has done some impressive things); campy, knowing, fourth wall-breaking humour; songs (obvs); a magic carpet sequence; a dull hero (Dean John-Wilson’s prominent man-cleavage is the most memorable bit of his performance); a ludicrously OTT villain (Don Gallagher’s Jafar laps up the boos at curtain call); and a scene-stealing dame (more later).

It’s well done, but talk about selling coals to Newcastle: the humour hits the spot with Howard Ashman’s dry lyrics, but it lacks the inspired madness of, say, the Hackney Empire panto. Alongside the other big West End Disney musical, Julie Taymor’s ‘The Lion King’, it struggles to establish a distinct, theatrical identity. And my mind boggled at how the diverse, largely British cast has had bland American accents foisted upon them to play Middle Eastern characters.

One decision producers won’t be regretting is importing star of the Broadway show Trevor Dion Nicholas as Genie. The role could have been something of a poisoned, er, lamp, given Robin Williams’s iconic turn in the 1992 film. But glitter-doused Nicholas makes it his own with a kinetic mix of fabulousness and physicality. He’s the dame, basically, and he's staggeringly good. In fact, his big showstoppers ‘Friend Like Me’ and ‘Prince Ali’ briefly make 'Aladdin' the best musical in the West End, a heroically overextended, all-singing, all-dancing, multi-costume-changing spectacle. If Nicholas doesn’t win an Olivier next year I will eat a metal lamp.

As for the rest of the show – it’ll keep you ticking over until Christmas, but that's it.

This review is from 2016. The cast of 'Aladdin' retains Trevor Dion Nicholas and Jade Ewen as The Genie and Jasmine. Matthew Croke stars as Aladdin, and other new cast members include Miles Barrow, Leon Craig and Daniel de Bourg.

How to get cheap tickets: a limited number of £25 day seats for 'Aladdin' are available from the Prince Edward Theatre at 10am. In person only; get in early to guarantee a ticket.


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Aladdin the musical has great energy largely attributable to the performance of the Genie. He literally steals and owns the show. The stage production is also excellent particularly the cave of wonders. I took my 9 year old daughter who absolutely loved the show and was gripped from start to finish. I'm not an Aladdin aficionado so can't comment on if this stays true to the original Disney animation or the original story. What I can say is that I highly recommend this musical as two and half hours well spent!

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Aladdin is (like many others below, it seems) a pretty nostalgic throwback for me to my childhood, where I watched it endlessly on VHS. As such, I couldn't have been more excited to see it come to the West End stage. There were elements of it that I loved, and elements that I didn't, as follows.


1. The Genie. He is as good as you've heard and very engaging. 

2. Most of the songs (the old ones anyway).

3. The big all-cast singing and dancing scenes.

4. The glitter. There is so much sparkle on that set and my inner magpie loved it.

5. The magic carpet scene is beautifully done and, as hoped, super magical. 

Didn't love so much:

1. The parody style characterisation. It felt a bit pantomime throughout and the constant "did someone just say hummus?" jokes wore thin on the fourth or fifth time.

2. Some of the new songs - didn't really work "I want to make you proud of your boy" doesn't have any context. We always thought Aladdin was an orphan so referencing his parents is weird.

3. The rush at the end when Jafar is supposed to get really evil, was all over in 45 seconds and there was zero suspense.

In short, a 3* review is still positive. I really think this show is worth seeing, and the big crowd dancing scenes are gorgeous. You'll enjoy it but I don't see it standing the test of time in the same way as The Lion King, perhaps. 

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There is a lot wrong with this production. Neither Aladdin nor Jasmine hit the spot in look, sound or acting. A lot of the narrative driving scenes were as flat as a flat bread. The American accents were odd. Jafar wasn't a big enough character. There was no damn monkey. However, there were a few gleaming attributes that made this one of the most exciting shows I've seen. The Genie is possibly the most magical performance I've ever seen on stage. 'A Friend Like Me' was more sparkly than a real treasure trove. That along with a heavy dose of nostalgia and some other stand out performances including Iago and Kasim, and a cast of on point backing dancers meant I left the production full of energy and singing Disney songs for the rest of the night. However, I do worry about the show post-Trevor Dion Nicholas as he really is the driving force of the production and is the only reason I would go and see it again. Sod Aladdin, Nicholas really is the diamond in the rough.


With mixed reviews from friends and family, when I booked Aladdin as a birthday present for my wife, I was slightly nervous. However, we had a great time marveling at the production of this childhood favourite. The Genie is most certainly the star of the show. I would go as far as suggesting that the show should be renamed "The Genie". Oh and let's not forget the flying carpet - "how did they even do that?!" If you have grown up with the love-story, Aladdin is a must-watch. 


I had been wanting to see Aladdin since it came out but always found the tickets a bit pricey so I was really excited to find some tickets on sale, even if they were the cheap seats in the back. But to be honest that really didn't matter, the view was perfect from where we were sitting. I had mixed feelings about this show. Aladdin was my favourite Disney film growing up, I must have watched it thousands of times so they really had a lot to live up to.

As others have already said, the genie was incredible. He really stole the show, in fact, he made the show. Quick fired humour, brilliant showman, great songs and a real range to his voice. He did skim the surface of panto-style jokes and audience interaction though which I was disappointed by. I could pay much less to watch a panto of Aladdin and it's really not my sense of humour. But it was sparing.

The show translated brilliantly from the screen to a live musical. There was so much colour and energy in some of the performances, especially when all of the actors were involved. And the magic carpet scene really took my breath away. I wanted so much to be on the carpet ride too it looked stunning.

The leads (apart from the genie) were somewhat lacking in memorable performances, they weren't bad, just slightly generic. They needed to inject a little personality into the roles. The new additions to the song repertoire were equally forgettable.

Did it live up to my expectations? Absolutely not, but I think that would have been really tough to do. That doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend it. It's a decent show if you can get tickets that don't cost a fortune but it doesn't compare to the big shows out there.


Aladdin was just splendid. A proper fairytale with impressive settings, amazing music and talented cast. I wanted to sing out loud all the songs and I nearly cried during the magic carpet scene with Aladdin and Jasmine. Even if you're not a fan, you're going to love the choreography, the colourful amazing costumes and all the magical effects! Who would have thought that all these can be done on a theatre stage? And of course, the music. The orchestra did a magnificent job. I wasn't impressed with the lead actors (Aladdin and Jasmine) performances in general, but Genie was simply amazing. This guy is so talented, his dancing skills, his humour, his voice, he's really brilliant and a solid reason to go watch the show. Highly recommended - a west end must-see! Possibly my favourite after Lion King and Harry Potter.


Unfortunately I found this quite disappointing! Aladdin is one of my favourite childhood classics but sadly I feel this didn't live up to any expectations! The set was great and the costumes, but the two leads didn't quite grasp the audience, thankfully the genie (who was the star of the show in my opinion) keeps you entertained but overall felt more like a panto!


Echoing what most people have reviewed so far, the West-End interpretation of Disney’s Aladdin really is a mixed experience. It screams with childhood nostalgia, and the fact that even 20 odd years later it still enthralls a much younger audience today just goes to prove its timelessness. But what the kids of today are probably missing in this family fun experience are the awkward and disappointing grimaces of anyone in the audience who were obsessed with this story as a child. From the humanisation of Abu from monkey to a mere sidekick (along with two hello, where did you come from?) to the lack lustre and hardly scary Jafar, even down to the very unimpressionable leads of Aladdin and Jasmine, there’s quite a lot that doesn’t meet your expectations. But all of that is saved by the scene-stealing and thoroughly entertaining performance by the Genie. “Never Had A Friend Like Me” had the theatre in uproar and applauding for several minutes. Whilst the curtain close saw the Genie get the largest applause of them all. Pantomimey at times but not too much, the West End can certainly claim this as a win. But hardly reaching the gold standards of Wicked, Billy Elliot or even another cartoon-to-stage adaptation like Shrek. Worth seeing...but maybe wait for a discount deal.


I was very disappointed by this musical! The staging was excellent and very clever, but the two leads were quite weak singers and the enunciation in general of all the songs wasn't great. The genie was amazing though and definitely the best character. Overall it was ok, but not amazing.


I wanted to adore Aladdin and be transported to a magical world of genies and flying carpets, but I just couldn't quite get there. 

The set is fantastic, constantly changing and evolving to suit each scene. And the work the orchestra put in throughout is truly wonderful. There are also one or two songs throughout that you won't recognise from the well-loved Disney movie. 

I also can't rave enough about Trevor Dion Nicholas, who plays the genie. His performance is energetic, funny and completely captivating. And his voice - it is powerful and smooth at the same time. I could listen to it for hours. 

The three guys who play Aladdin's friends were also brilliant - they grabbed your attention with their quick wit and brilliant singing voices. 

Sadly, I didn't love the two actors who played Aladdin and Jasmine. They didn't make me believe, or draw me in. Their voices were slightly disappointing and their rendition of 'A Whole New World' failed to live up to scratch. 

Maybe because I went to see this in December I liked it more that I would have in say June or July, as it did have a slight pantomime feel to it. Did I have a good time - yes. Would I rush to go back? Probably not. 


Aladdin has always been a favourite of mine so I was really looking forward to watching the musical and pleased that I didn't walk away disappointed! The set is stunning, the stage quite literally glitters throughout the performance and the musical numbers were super catchy. As a huge Robin Williams fan, I was skeptical about how much I would enjoy the Genie's performance but kudos to the cast as they really pulled off these iconic characters and musical numbers. The only criticism I'd have is that the show is a tad pantomime-like so it's not for everyone, but I had a great evening and would definitely watch again. 


Let's start with the positives, The Cast is amazing and all the songs desired a standing ovation. Shout out to Genie as he has some big shoes to fill.

My main problem was there was too much talking to the audience which left it feeling like a panto.This continued into the acting so you were carving a song by the next one came along.

All in all its a great for younger children and does leave you with a smile on your face. 


Disappointing - to say the least.

I was so looking forward to a great adaption of one of my favourite Disney movies. But it fell short...

If the decors are splendid, the whole thing feels rushed and barely thought through. Some of the animal characters have been replaced by humans and they're all caricatural. Can we talk for a second about Aladdin's three new best friends? And let's not dwell on Iago, who is rather annoying instead of funny. As for Jafar, with so little stage time, he fails to truly build up his character and that's a shame. I thought the two main characters were way too cheesy as well. Not a good combination. Gives the vibe of an average panto.

The story is similar to the movie but most scenes go so fast it's impossible to really feel and appreciate the magic. And all staging was nowhere near as clever as The Lion King. Sure the first 30 seconds of the carpet ride looked incredible but then that was it. With no new elements to keep the public's attention, it got boring pretty fast.

The only great thing that really carries the whole musical is the genie, who's absolutely fantastic. However, that's not enough to justify the price of a ticket. Has to be a pass for me.


Shining, shimmering, splendid...

Aladdin was a great experience, but something was missing from the picture. 

Although the genie was great and (as others have already said) the star of the show, I had mixed feelings about his character. In one hand his modern references and jokes were funny, but for me it was too out of place. 

I loved the sets, the costumes (oh, those wonderful shiny-sparkly outfits), the creative usage of the stage and the three friends' break in fight choreography.

The "Friend like me" scene was the definition of show business/entertainment and the "magic carpet ride" was breathtaking.

Definitely recommended:)


Pantomime-like but with some really redeeming features - the genie was brilliant (hard role to follow Robin Williams’ much loved portrayal) and the dancing was complex but executed beautifully. Lots of songs from the Disney movie made me smile continuously too.

If a fan of the story, I highly recommend.


Genie definitely made the show! The show was full of the Disney magic that you would want, and there were genuinely some good jokes in there. They had all the classic songs from the film, always good for a singalong of course. They also added a few extra songs, which were a bit unnecessary, and you couldn't sing along to them!

The dance routines were incredible, and the sets are very well-designed. I was not disappointed (apart from by Jasmine, she wasn't great).


This is a very colourful production and the wholesome Disney stylings were probably not aimed for my usual tastes. The show only really gets going when the excellent Genie (Trevor Dion Nicholas) takes the stage. Jade Ewen is also well cast as the Princess Jasmine. 

The Magic Carpet scene is the rival of anything else on the West-End. However, the yankification of a lot of the accents whilst they were in Middle Eastern costumes did tend to grate. 

One major recommendation is to apply for tickets under the lottery scheme where you can pick up front row Stalls tickets for £25 each.


I hadn't read reviews before going to see this show, and assumed it would be outstanding, but like many of the reviews below, I was disappointed by the similarities this production has to a cheap Christmas panto.

The opening number lacked energy, it all seemed a bit stagnant and lacklustre like they had only just been told they were about to go on stage and perform and hadn't got their shit together yet.

I couldn't stand the American accents that the cast were using - they were winey and a bit shrill (Jasmine sounded like a teen movie bimbo) and it seemed silly, like an obvious copy of the Disney film rather than an adaptation for the stage (Hello! - you don't have to Americanise everything just because it comes from there. See the current production of Wicked to see how a show works superbly with a British accent cast)

The Genie is obviously the star of the show - with a lot of sass and with decent humour, and a set of pipes that make some of the numbers real toe tappers, he carries the show. Meanwhile, Jaffar is predictable in his "bad guy" role (I read a piece once about how the villains of Aladdin look a lot more Arabic than the Westernised heroes and this has been continued onto the stage) and Iago provides no comedy what-so-ever - it's basic child level comedy.

But on a positive note, the costumes are amazing, the lighting mesmerising and the music is great, though some of the original songs fall flat and lack a hook to compete with the well known songs. The magic carpet scene is pretty magical and I still can't quite work out how they made that bloody thing fly - it's quite impressive. And I liked the three cronies of Aladdin - they were pretty funny.

My experience was ruined slightly by the sheer number of rude people in the theatre who continued to take photos and videos throughout on their phones, and who incessantly rustled sweet packets and chatted throughout. Theatres need stricter rules for this behaviour. The woman in front of me was told off 5 times for recording video throughout - she should have been ejected from the theatre or had her phone confiscated, it was such a distraction. There was also a screaming child a few rows behind us. I get this is a family show but young children are not going to be able to sit through 2 and a half hours of a show.

It's such a shame that this didn't live up to my expectations. With tickets at around the £70 mark for decent seats, I'd say your money is better spent at The Lion King if you're after a dash of Disney magic!


This is a good family show, but I don't find it that good if you are a young adult nostalgic of the Disney movies from your childhood.

Jafar and Iago characters were really caricatural and I didn't find them funny at all.

Songs were good, and I liked how colourful the show was. Still It was not the best show I've seen and I am not sure it worths the money.


Probably one of the most anticipated hyped up musicals. I was so excited to see this, I mean don't get me wrong its enjoyable, but probably not as entertaining. 

The first half was pretty slow, it only actually started when Genie came on, then it was really good. 

The singing was good, but I agree with Stephanie C, the two main leads lacked, but nonetheless still good.

Way too hyped up for what it really is. 10 minutes into the show there was a technical fault.


I couldn't wait for this to open so was really hoping I wasn't going to be disappointed and I can definitely say it was every bit as full of colour and Disney magic that I hoped it would be! The stage was awesome and it was very well cast. Being a huge Robin Williams fan I was very apprehensive about the genie character and whilst no one will ever quite fill his shoes in my eyes, hats off to the genie because he was brilliant! 

I went into this knowing it wouldn't massively be my cup of tea but I can't help but be SO impressed with the production value. The flying carpet ride, the cave of wonders, the costume changes - all AMAZING! Kids will love it and Disney fans or fans of the film of Aladdin will enjoy the nostalgia. No-one could fail to be wow'd by the overall effects and the Genie 100% steals the show. What a voice! What a stage presence!

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What a great show! The Genie was amazing. Very funny and great to watch. the staging was excellent and i would definitely recommend you to go watch. 

I was extremely disappointed in this adaptation of one of the greatest movies I grew up with. 

Don’t get me wrong the sets were amazing the Genie Amazing but the changes they made took something away from the story we all know and love. I hated what they did to Abu, it just didn’t work for me if they wanted to substitute him for a human they should have done one friend not three! Same with Jasmine and her tiger Raja why did they feel the need to give her three hand maidens!! Also the guy playing Aladdin was extremely weak and didn't bring anything to the character and when it came to the big number of a whole new world it was destroyed the singing was flat with no passion or feeling, I’ve sung it better in the shower and I’m not even trained!!! But Kudos on how they did the magic carpet ride that I can’t fault but I just wish the singing complimented it. I honestly felt I had gone to a standard pantomime and not a Disney production at all. If it wasn’t for the wonderful acting of the Genie and a few of the other supporting parts I would have walked out!

I really enjoyed the show. There is no doubt the genie was the star of this production by a mile. His performance was entrancing and magical, just as it should be. Less can be said for Aladdin, who i thought fitted well as Prince Ali but was far too cool and confident to be street rat, Aladdin. I still give it five stars though as I thought the set design, costumes, choreography and the genie deserve as much. The cave scene is phenomenal!  

First things first, let's get this out of the way. Aladdin is one of the best Disney movies that hit the big screen. As a child, I watched it over and over again. I even had the Mega Drive game (one of the best games based on a movie, ever!) So obviously, adapting this to a broadway musical is going to draw a lot of attention/praise/critisism!

Overall, the musical was great. The crowd were especially pumped to see this one, especially the Genie! The songs from the movie were adapted very well, with great attention and detail put on Friend Like Me. In fact, the entire Cave Of Wonders scene blew the rest of the musical away. Its almost worth it for this one section. The props, music and comedy in this section is fantastic. A Whole New World also saw great treatment, rather more understated and classicaly magical.

James Monroe Iglehart is the star of this show, and he was on top form. The other cast are well rounded, though I felt the new songs fell a little flat compared to the other well loved and known songs. Also lacking from the cast is a certain little monkey and a slightly more animated carpet. Some of the extra cast (namely Aladdin's street rat friends) felt like filler and felt a little unnesesary.

Every good Disney film is not just merited on its heroes but also its Villain, and Jafar was well played. However, the second act felt a little rushed, especially the ending. In the film, Jafar's three wishes are almost as important as Aladdin's and this could have been played a little more sinisterly, but before you knew it he had squadered his wishes all a little too quickly and the cast were bowing out.

Overall, the musical is great. Missing favourites from the film detract from the slightly filler cast, but the scene stealing middle section really takes the biscuit and makes it well worth seeing.


As a child I made my dad paint the balcony scene from Aladdin on my bedroom wall, so needless to say I’m a fan of the Disney movie and was very excited to see it brought to life on stage. 

As the curtain goes up and you’re immediately hit with some very out of place American accents – it just didn’t make much sense with the middle-eastern set unless Agraba had for some reason been relocated to upstate New York. I also didn’t really feel as though Aladdin himself was particularly engaging, it felt like he was just waiting to say his next line rather than reacting to what was going on around him on stage.

There were a few other points that were a little campy and “panto” as some of the other reviews have suggested; some of the jokes were a little obvious, Jafar was a bit OTT, and parts were slapstick. If you have ever seen a panto of Aladdin I’m sure this sounds very familiar but it's still fun to watch and there’s no doubt that kids will love it.

That being said, it was a very impressive production and there were three main things that won it over for me:

Set design and costume: the cave of wonders was phenomenal – a complete transformation. The magical carpet ride was also beautiful, truly flying around the stage surrounded by stars. Plus, on most the costumes there is a serious abundance of sparkles which never hurts.

Group dance numbers: these were some of the main songs from the movie and were nothing but enhanced by the spectacle made of them. I also thought one of the new songs in particular worked very well - “high adventure” from Aladdin’s sidekicks.

The Genie: this is where panto worked well. A good balance of current references mixed with original lines, the Genie easily stole every scene he was in. My favourite character and performance by far.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Yes, there are a couple of slow moments and the odd dud song but the staging was beautiful and the overall experience was pretty magical. My daughter was open mouthed and awestruck for most of the show. The magic carpet has to be seen to be believed. And the genie was a show stealer.

Aladdin is my favourite Disney animated classic, so I was an easy sell. I can't pretend that I wasn't disappointed that memorable characters like Abu, Raja, Iago and Carpet had been replaced or significantly altered, but once you get past that (if you even need to) you get to enjoy the new additions as well as your old favourites in a brand new format. There are hits and misses with the new songs, but 'Friend Like Me' is the undeniable standout, and the show knows it. With all of the additional material packed in, the ending felt a little rushed, but overall it's a great time at the theatre.


If I had had a magic lamp when I was younger, one of my three wishes would have been Aladdin to be put on as a stage musical. Twenty years later and my wish has been granted and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

Not as sophisticated as Disney's other West End offering (The Lion King at Lyceum), Aladdin at the Prince Edward theatre is very much a family show. Full of colour, vibrancy and a score full of well loved numbers from our childhood and many new, catchy numbers, Aladdin is a feast of feel good fun.

The set is truly stunning, one of the best I have ever seen on the West End. The Cave of Wonders is beautiful and the flying carpet scene is pure magic, validated by the gasps you hear around the auditorium.

Trevor Dion Nichols as the Genie is pure genius; insane vocals, great comedic value and a true star quality. His show stopper number 'You've Never had a Friend like Me' raises the roof and has all the audience in awe.

Great choreography, amusing one liners and a fantastic energy sustained by the whole cast make this show the jewel in the West End's crown. Get tickets now, or join their ticket lottery everyday for a chance to win tickets that night.


Aladdin was never my favourite Disney film; it was never the one I’d want to re-watch, learn the song lyrics to or dress up as a character for school. But seeing the musical rendition did change my perspective on this classic. Some good points: first of all, SO much effort went into the set and costume. The ‘Cave Scene’ was fantastic and for me was a pivotal point in the musical because the audience were finally introduced to the Genie. He was witty and loveable, injecting real energy and humour into the storyline. Without his multiple appearances, it would have been pretty mediocre! At times it leaned toward Panto humour, but not enough that you wouldn’t enjoy. Secondly, the flying carpet scenes were magical so hats off to the production team on that. The many group sing-a-longs were also entertaining. The let downs: Aladdin himself had weak vocals in comparison to Jasmine’s angelic tone (played by Jade Ewan) so that was quite noticeable, and he wasn’t the star of the show he should have been. Most of the other cast members were mildly entertaining, so nothing to write home about either. In terms of reliving that childhood Disney dream, it’s no Lion King, but certainly a colourful and clever production that’s new to the block worth seeing.

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I'm a massive Disney fan, but i couldn't quite remember Aladdin as a stand out film, i definitely had other favourite's, Saying that, it probably made me more excited to see the show, as i knew once the singing started it would all come back to me, and it did!!!!

At first i didn't know where to look as there was so much happening on stage, what with the array of colour, stunning dancing and costumes it was hard not to be mesmerised. But I'm not going to lie, for the first 30 minutes i felt something was missing, there weren't any stand out moments, but all that changed once Aladdin entered the cave of wonders. From this point it picked up momentum for me or maybe because this is when the absolutely fantastic Genie made his first appearance. He has to be the biggest credit to this show, he was by far the stand out performer, full of energy, great voice, sassy and hilarious! he kept me smiling whenever he popped up from the floor.

I do think the others characters were played very well, Jasmine's voice was beautiful! but i did miss Abu the monkey, i did wonder beforehand how they would make that work. Oh well!

The staging was brilliant, especially inside the cave with all the sparkle and when Aladdin and Jasmine went on the magic carpet, it was gorgeous to watch and you couldn't help but get goosebumps. These were by far the best parts of the show for me.

Overall a great show which made me feel like a little kid again. Plus i couldn't stop singing 'Friend like me' and 'a whole new world' once i got home.

Perhaps I made the rookie mistake of watching the original movie in anticipation of the stage show which didn't hit all the same marks. Nonetheless, I still had goosebumps in the Cave of Wonders and the friends 'Friends like me' scene was a triumph. Great spectacle and full of fun.


The stage musical Of Disney's 90s hit Aladdin has been hotly anticipated in London ever since it flew onto Broadway a few years ago, and it gloriously lives up to the hype.

I expected an impressive script, sumptuous costumes and well-sung renditions of the songs I love, and I was in no way disappointed. The staging of Aladdin is spectacular, with so much to look at and enjoy - bright colours, fireworks, beautiful ensemble dance pieces and of course a magic carpet. Even the theatre is a good choice, with the red and purple decorations adding to the Arabian theme.

There's rarely a moment in which the talented cast aren't singing or dancing and the show races along on the momentum of its own boundless energy. It's difficult to stop smiling, as it really is one of the happiest and most visually enjoyable shows I've seen on the west end. Aladdin and Jasmine are -unsurprisingly- fairly one-dimensional, but Dean John-Wilson and Jade Ewan are vocally strong and bring charisma and charm to the stage.

No review could fail to mention the Genie, the true heart of the show. The deft scripting and Trevor Dion-Nicholas's stage-stealing performance draw the audience in with humour and emotion. Sparkling both literally and figuratively, he is truly wonderful to watch and his "BFF" relationship with Aladdin adds a depth of feeling not quite present in the film.

In its success with fun and levity, however, the musical does lose some of its menace. Jafar - arguably Disney's scariest villain - has been reduced to a slightly ridiculous figure who never strikes a truly ominous note. Don Gallagher's voice and mannerisms are even slightly reminiscent of Dame Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey: highly amusing, but unlikely to send chills of fear down your spine. There is very little threat, which reduces the feeling of satisfaction in the happy ending. In this, Aladdin feels most like a pantomime and loses a star.

For die-hard fans expecting a direct translation of their beloved childhood favourite, I have a warning: they have dispensed with the animals. There are unfortunately no live parrots or monkeys on stage, or even actors realistically portraying them (shocker!). In my view they have been replaced more than effectively by alternative characters, but - if conversations overheard in the interval are anything to go on - this was a real bugbear for some people. If Abu is your favourite character and your sole reason for seeing the show, then you're likely to be disappointed.

In all, Aladdin is indisputably the new smash hit of the West End: an evening of pure entertainment and joy. In its deft script and wonderful showmanship is something for every audience, particularly for those children of the 90s. It may not be the film's exact copy, but in many ways the interactivity and energy of the show exceeds the promise of its source material.

I still have a smile on my face!


Growing up I simply adored the film 'Aladdin'. I would play with my monkey stuffed toy, pretending it was Abu and would re-watch the film again and again. Suffice to say, I am a big fan, and was very excited about the musical version. From the moment the music starts playing, and the world of Azkabar is created there was a palpable thrill of excitement in the theatre. First up, the good points. The sets are amazing- the bring the world of Aladdin to life, with the magic carpet scene bring a particular highlight- I realise there are wires holding it up, but they were very difficult to spot! The songs are fantastic, and there were lots of comedic moments. The highlight in all of it was the genie- such an outstanding performance, so funny and high energy. He received an outstanding ovation at the end which was completely deserved. The things I felt could be improved were firstly, the strange attempts at American accents (the majority of the cast are British), and the chemistry between the two leads, which felt non-existent at times! However, my love of 'Aladdin' is so great that those were minor quibbles, with the showstopper scene in the cave worth the ticket price alone. 

It's a solid 3 stars. I really wanted to enjoy it, and after leaving the theatre I felt that there was something wrong which at the time I couldn't quite pin point.

The problem for me is Aladdin isn't strong enough; was it because he didn't have Abu as his side kick? Or was it because Aladdin in the original movie came across as vulnerable and timid at times, whilst on stage The performance came across too cocky and self sure - that's not my interpretation of his Character.

I was also left under-whelmed by what should have been a show stopping A Whole New World. His voice wasn't strong enough. The scene was only carried by an amazing set and of course magic carpet.

It's certainly carried by the second half, if Genie hadn't been let out of his bottle when he was I think I'd have had to reach for the matches to keep my eyes open. His performance is show stopping. Quite literally. If it wasn't Disney and such an iconic Film to Theatre adaption I'd worry for its longevity post Trevor Dion-Nicholas as the Genie.

Despite my critisms, it's still definitely worth going - grab a ticket before the Genie has his third wish and is free to go back to the US.

I went along with my sister, having been big Aladdin fans as kids. It was mesmerising, the magic carpet scene was incredible and the Genie stole the show. Overall a fantastic musical for any Disney lovers, wasn't 100% sold on the slap stick humor, felt it cheapened it , but would definitely recommend and I would go again! 

This is Disney at its best - the colour and vibrancy is simply breathtaking!!  From start to finish this is a fast paced show, incredibly slilck and visually spectacular.  The sets are astonishing - just wait until you see the cave scene - this is like the finale to the show.....and is only half way through!  It was gob smacking!

The genie is simply genius, as everyone is saying!!  The way he moves across the stage, has everyone in tha palm of his hand from the outset, and is funny, warm and genuine all at the same time, is incredible.  As for the cartwheel....

My five year old guest was completely captivated.  Having asked if there was going to be a magic carpet, when it appeared it was a show stopper.

This is a must see, you won't be disappointed!!

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I really wanted to love this one, and I'm not going to pretend that I wasn't grinning from ear to ear for a good percentage of it but there was a fair bit of magic missing from this production. The showstoppers were undeniably spectacular – 'Friend Like Me' was more dazzling than the Cave of Wonders itself – but most of the scenes that actually carried some plot were very dry indeed, hindered in particular by the dire new ballads (I never want to hear 'Proud of Your Boy' again, ever). 

Fortunately the show is saved by some fantastically rich performances from Jafar, Iago and – of course – the Genie. Aladdin's three pals got some fun new songs, and the magic carpet was rather magical. Go for the sheer colour and enthusiasm of it, but don't expect a life-changing night at the theatre.


I am a massive fan of Disney's Aladdin so when I heard this musical adaptation was coming to the West End after a successful running on Broadway, this is something I couldn't wait to see. Oh my, I wasn’t disappointed!

The opening scene of Arabian nights was just an explosion of vibrant colour and the singing, dancing and acrobatic performances by this super talented cast were incredible. It was just the perfect start to this exciting production. Be prepared to get whisked away on a magical carpet ride to Agrabah, a land of adventure, mystery and intrigue. You'll be taken on a journey through the vast desert sand dunes of Arabia, bustling street markets, the opalescent palace of the Sultan and the incredible Cave of Wonders. 

A special mention must go to the set design, lighting and costumes, there are numerous changes in this production. In my opinion, I feel these really made this musical standout and memorable.There are revolving sets and buildings, gorgeous complimentary bright uplifting burst of colours, sequins galore, streamers and lots of glitter. The cave especially was breathtakingly spectacular adorned by dripping gold, lights and sparkles. There was such attention to detail. Absolutely loved the magic flying carpet, it was really clever stuff. The whole stage lit up with stars amongst the mist with Aladdin and Jasmine (who I thought were perfectly cast for their roles) singing this award winning classic song just left me in a state of complete wonderment.

The songs and music are contagious catchy tunes that are bound to get your feet tapping and expect the addition of a few others that don't feature in the film. Favourites and standout numbers were Friend like me and Prince Ali sung by genie who was just genie-us! Hilariously funny with quick comic timing. Definitely star of the show for me. 

I was a little disappointed that Abu the monkey didn't feature here apart from on a flag in The Prince Ali number but his crew more than made up for this with gags and chuckles a plenty. In fact everyone was truly excellent, even the fantastically villainous Jafar and his sidekick Iago were great providing pantomime humour and wicked laughter to lighten the mood. All in all, a fabulous lively and vivid musical that offers a whole new world to its audience. Even if you're not a fan of the theatre, I will urge you to go and see this show!

I loved every minute of this show. The Genie, by far is the star of the show and the production amazing, with some really great effects throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole show and would most definitely recommend it to any Disney enthusiast.

Oh yes - what a good night out. This show looks and feels a million dollars. I dare say Disney spent more than that to put on this production. Everything sparkles. The sets , the costumes and the wonderful cast. 

The Genie totally steals it , putting Aladdin somewhat in the shade - although they are both excellent.

Its not a classic in the way you might think of Phantom or Les Miserables but just as they have a falling chandelier and a barricade , so Aladdin has a magic carpet .... and its truly magic. No support as in Chitty  Chitty  Bang Bang or wires as in Mary Poppins. Someone please explain how it works.

On leaving the theatre I walked along Shaftesbury Avenue and ran into a family who had also seen the show. The young man clutching his programme told me it was the best thing he had seen. I asked what other shows he had seen and he said .... "No not shows, everything ... Television, Gameboy and Cinema" Now thats a 5 star review coming from a kid, so I am giving it the same.

What a GREAT show
Aladdin has made it across the Atlantic , complete with its astonishingly good Genie. 

On the way it seems to have collected even more sparkle and energy .... and a good deal of British humour. 
Simply loved it.


The problem for this musical was to make sure they didn’t produce a pantomime. The show has been running on Broadway for a couple of years now and American audiences would be none the wiser to our very British tradition. So how did it fair? I was skeptical at first, particularly with a bit of face to audience interaction from the Genie, but 10 minutes in I really couldn’t care a hoot! You can’t not smile, enjoy the vibrant colour on stage and incredible company numbers, all singing and dancing.

They’ve spent a fortune on the show. You need sunglasses for the amount of sequins which are used. The costume changes are a plenty. Kids will be awe inspired.

The Genie steals the show. He is witty, charming and a friend we’d all like to have. The cave scene = JUST WOW.

This is a great musical and will appeal to anyone who grew up with the Disney film. It may teeter into panto at times but it’ll have you on your feet and you’ll have a cracking night out. 


The moment the curtain lifted I felt like being turned into my 6-year-old self again and relived the moment I saw Aladdin for the very first time.

It's really hard to find the right words, as I don't want to spoil the experience for those who haven't seen it yet.

I can't imagine anybody who did not love the movie at one point in their life and dreamed about visiting Agrabah and meeting all the beloved characters.

Aladdin opens a "whole new world" in Soho and an adventure not to be missed - it's colourful, lively, charming, witty, romantic,dramatic and on top of that all has an impressive stage design.

Don't miss it.


After its sucessful run in Broadway since 2014, Aladdin finally found its way to West End! Just landed to the well established Prince Edward Theatre, in the heart of Soho.

Based on the 1992 animation movie of Disney, includes everything that a proper modern musical should have; Amazing set designs from the master of set designs  -Bob Crowley, a truly talented artist. Great songs both from the movie (the popular one "A whole new world") but also new ones. Great actors with the outsanding Trevor Dion Nicholas at the Genie character. Last technology's special effects that make the magic carpet fly all over the scene so smoothly...And of course truly amazing costumes; The most expensive/impressive costumes you have ever seen on a musical. 

Do you need anything else to convince that you should book tickets today?...


Wow, just wow!  This is an amazing show with an incredible performance by Trevor Dion Nicholas as the Genie - he is worth going for alone.  The other actors are strong and special mention goes to Dean John-Wilson and Jade Ewen, who are a great fit for this musical.  The music is amazing and the crowd really gets into the various songs.  The staging is phenomenal and the cave scene and the magic carpet scene are amazingly believable and very cleverly done.  It’s not just the kids that will enjoy this production as there is plenty to entertain the adults.  Treat yourself to the best musical to arrive on the London stage in years.

Absolutely fantastic, colourful, visually impressive and outstanding performances and production.

Seeing Aladdin 'in real life' transported me to my childhood.

The songs gave me goosebumps and the genie will make you laugh each time he comes on stage.

For the first time ever Ive seen an impressive and well deserved standing ovation in the middle of the first act.

One of the best musicals in London!

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