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Disney’s ”Aladdin” to embark on first UK and Ireland tour

A previous production of Disney's Aladdin
A previous production of Disney’s Aladdin
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Disney’s Aladdin is all set for its first ever UK and Ireland tour!

Based on the iconic animated film and featuring tunes by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, the show tells the tale of young street rat Aladdin as he finds a golden lamp, unleashing a genie in the process.

The show was first seen on UK shores in 2016, where it played in the West End through to summer 2019. It continues its record-breaking run on Broadway after first premiering in 2014.

WhatsOnStage’s Sarah Crompton gave the piece a solid review, saying it is: “a show that by the sheer force of its geniality, works its magic.”

Aladdin has lyrics by Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid), Tim RIce (The Lion King) and Chad Beguelin (The Prom), with Beguelin also supplying the book. Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) directs and choreographs.

It is designed by scenic designer Bob Crowley, alongside lighting designer Natasha Katz, costume designer Gregg Barnes and sound designer Ken Travis.

The production team also includes illusion designers Jim Steinmeyer and Rob Lake, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The music team is headed by music supervisor and music director Michael Kosarin, who also created the vocal and incidental music arrangements, joined by orchestrator Danny Troob and dance music arranger Glen Kelly.

Ben Clare is the associate director, Kyle Seeley is the dance supervisor, Jason Trubitt is the production supervisor and Myriah Bash is the US general manager. Casting is by Jill Green CDG.

The musical will open in Edinburgh on 24 October 2023, where it plays until 18 November. After that it will enjoy a festive season at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff from 7 December to 14 January 2024, before visiting Plymouth (17 January to 11 February 2024), Sunderland (15 February to 10 March 2024), and Milton Keynes (24 April to 19 May 2024). Further locations and casting is to be revealed in due course.

Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said today: “As Aladdin approaches its second decade onstage, we are thrilled that the 11th production of the glorious Broadway show will soon be seen by audiences throughout the UK and Ireland.

“Thanks to Casey Nicholaw’s direction, Alan Menken’s music and the peerless design team of Bob Crowley, Natasha Katz and Gregg Barnes this show is a powerful tonic, an irresistible lift for every audience who sees it.

“The musical theatre performers in the UK and Ireland rival any on the planet and we look forward to presenting the best of them in this joyous new production.”

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