Trevor Dion Nicholas in Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre
The Broadway Show is Confirmed for the West End Venue from May 2016
Earlier in the year it was confirmed that Aladdin would be making its way to the West End, becoming the latest Disney show to be staged in the capital following the likes of The Lion King and Beauty And The Beast. Now both the venue and one of its lead stars has been confirmed, with Trevor Dion Nicholas set to follow in the footsteps of Robin Williams when he plays the Genie at the Prince Edward Theatre.
Aladdin is the famous story of the ‘street urchin’ of the title, who struggles to make ends meet at the beginning of the story but soon discovers a magic lamp and the genie inside. Soon it is up to them to face the evil sorcerer Jafar, who threatens Agrabah and who wishes to use the genie’s powers for evil. Along the way Aladdin also attempts to win the heart of Princess Jasmine, the daughter of the Sultan.
The original film was released in 1992 as part of the so-called Disney Renaissance, a successful period for the film studio when many of its hits were released, such as The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. It was a big success and songs such as A Whole New World entered popular culture, so it was inevitable that a stage musical would eventually emerge. In 2011 it opened in the United States and would finally land on Broadway in 2014 where it would win a Tony Award alongside further nominations.
Actor Trevor Dion Nicholas is no stranger to Aladdin, having performed in the New York version as a standby. His other credits include a US tour of Big River, plus various shows at Walt Disney World such as Festival Of The Lion King and Finding Nemo The Musical. Whilst he has appeared in numerous shows over the years, this will be his first time on a West End stage.
Aladdin will be a replacement show for another big hit at the Prince Edward Theatre. The venue is currently the home of the Miss Saigon revival, which sees audiences return to Saigon to experience the story inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. It closes in February.
It then leaves the venue free for Aladdin to open on Thursday 9th June 2016 (with previews beginning on Friday 27th May 2016).