So last weekend, my darling sibling, Sophia (www.sophiaamyevans.com) decided to celebrate my birthday in the only way she knows how – through the art of theatre. Her first birthday surprise of the weekend was to take me to see Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre. She managed to tick off two of my West End Theatre Wishlist shows in one weekend!
Aladdin, based on the classic Disney animated film, tells the story of the urchin boy that falls in love with Princess Jasmine of Agrabah, who is being forced to marry a prince by the Sultan. The Sultan’s closest adviser, Jafar, has ulterior motives and makes it his mission to rule the kingdom himself. Along the way, Aladdin discovers a magic lamp containing a Genie who offers to grant him only 3 wishes. Will Aladdin get the princess? Will he get rid of the evil Jafar? Of course he will, it’s Disney.
This show is amazing for all things special effects, pyrotechnics, set design, costume design and THE MAGIC CARPET. My 21 year old housemate went with her mom to see Aladdin and came back saying the magic carpet moment made her cry. “Overreaction much?” being my inner thoughts. Nothing could have prepared me for it.
Trevor Dion Nicholas plays the fabulous sassy Genie. With constant quips and ad lib moments and references to popular culture, he makes a hilarious, energetic genie who keeps up the comic elements of the show.
Dean John-Wilson and Jade Ewen played Aladdin and Jasmine respectively. Dean John-Wilson’s Aladdin was likeable and cheeky and I was dying at how beautiful all of Jasmine’s costumes were and was secretly jel of all young girls in the audience dressed up as Jasmine. If only it were socially acceptable for me to still do that without turning heads.
At the merchandise stall, they were selling this beautiful blanket for £20 which I made Soph buy me so I could have a magic carpet of my own. I am absolutely in love with it. If you go to see this show, be smart, buy your own magic carpet. If a street urchin can pull a princess with one, you can def pull any one that takes your fancy with your magic blanket.
Production Images by Deen van Meer
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Prince Edward Theatre
Old Compton Street
Tel: 0844 482 5151
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