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Aladdin announces closure as Mamma Mia extends

Tuesday, 18th Sep 2018  

Disney's Aladdin - Prince Edward Theatre

urprising news emerges from the West End as one of the biggest shows in town – Aladdin – is set to close its doors at the Prince Edward Theatre next summer. The update comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement that another musical – Mamma Mia! – is extending its run at the Novello Theatre up to the second half of 2019.

Aladdin has been running in the capital since the summer of 2016 and it was an instant success, with audiences flocking to see the production (something that continues to this day). It is the latest in a long line of Disney films-turned-stage musicals to make it to the capital, with The Lion King continuing its run at the Lyceum Theatre as well.

The story focuses on street urchin Aladdin, who is tricked into a tantalising situation that leads him to discover a magic lamp that grants him three wishes. He soon uses it to win the heart of Agrobah’s Princess Jasmine, but he also runs afoul of the evil sorcerer Jafar.

The 1992 film Aladdin remains a firm favourite of audiences worldwide, appearing during the so-called ‘Disney Renaissance’ that also included the likes of The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. It features star performances from actors such as Robin Williams and some memorable songs.

The stage version sees Michael James Scott take on Williams’ role of the Genie, with Matthew Croke the current Aladdin alongside Jade Ewen as Jasmine.

Aladdin The Musical continues at the Prince Edward Theatre and will close its doors on Saturday 31st August 2019.

There is better news for Mamma Mia, of course, with the ABBA musical announcing its latest booking extension and ensuring that it hits a huge milestone in 2019.

The production opened at Aladdin’s current home of the Prince Edward Theatre in 1999 and has since played at the Prince of Wales Theatre and its current location of the Novello Theatre.

Utilising the songs of ABBA, it tells the story of a mother and daughter on a Greek Island, with the daughter soon-to-be-married and searching for The Father she never knew before the big day.

It is now booking at the Novello Theatre for performances up to Saturday 14th September 2019, with its 20th birthday taking place in April.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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