Broadway's Aladdin in the West End
The Popular Broadway Musical is Confirmed for a London Transfer in 2016
Since 1999 audiences hoping to see the work of Disney on a London stage have flocked to the Lyceum Theatre to witness The Lion King, the adaptation of the 1994 film of the same name. Now, according to the show’s website via Official London theatre, that is about to change as the hit Broadway version of Aladdin heads to the West End in 2016, giving The Lion King some company.
A West End version of Aladdin has been rumoured for some time, with venues like the Prince Edward Theatre tipped as its future home (the venue is the home of Miss Saigon until Saturday 27th February 2016).
Aladdin is the well known story of the ‘street urchin’ of the same name, who discovers a magic lamp and the genie inside. Together they take on the evil sorcerer of Jafar, who threatens all of Agrabah, whilst also trying to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, daughter of the Sultan.
The 1992 film was also famous for featuring an array of memorable songs, like A Whole New World, Prince Ali, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights, among others. The stage musical features these numbers and more from Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin.
The production was first seen in Seattle in 2011 before it New York premiere in 2014, where it has proven popular both with critics and audiences. So it was only a matter of time before a West End version appeared. The cast and venue it yet to be announced, though details are certain to be announced in months to come.
The Lion King, meanwhile, continues at the Lyceum Theatre. The production takes some of its cues from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and sees Simba the Lion Cub flee from his home of The Pride Land. This follows the death of his father by the hand of his Uncle Scar and it takes many years for him to return to face his uncle once and for all.
Having opened in 1999, The Lion King remains at the Lyceum Theatre where it is currently booking to Sunday 3rd January 2016.