Confirmed: Disney's production of Aladdin to open in London next year
The hit Broadway musical will run in the West End from May 2016
Disney's new musical Aladdin will open in London next year at the Prince Edward Theatre.
The hit show, which is currently running on Broadway, will have previews from 27 May and a press night on 15 June. Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas will reprise his role as the Genie for the West End production, which will mark his London stage debut. Further casting is yet to be announced.
Aladdin, an adaptation of the 1992 Disney film, opened in America in 2011 and on Broadway in 2014. It has music by Alan Menken and lyrics from Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Begulin, who also wrote the book, and was nominated for five Tony Awards.
Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs the show, which will replace the revival of Miss Saigon which is due to close on 27 February next year.
Aladdin tells of a young street urchin who finds a magic lamp with a genie inside and manages to woo a princess. The musical features several of the original songs including "Prince Ali", "Friend Like Me" and Rice's and Menken's hit song "A Whole New World" which won the Academy Award for best original song.