Cťsar Morales as Aladdin and Iain Mackay as the Mahgrib; photo: Bill Cooper
Belfast Grand Opera House
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Sadler's Wells, London
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
First Steps: a child's Swan Lake
North tour spring 2015
South tour spring 2015
The King Dances / Carmina burana
Variations Triple bill (tour)
There are no performances listed for Aladdin
The UK premiere performances of David Bintleyís magical tale of love,
trickery and triumph.
A run-in with Palace guards leads young tearaway Aladdin into a
whirlwind of adventure and romance, involving unbelievable riches, love
at first sight, treachery, and of course a magic lamp, and all that it
Duped into helping an evil Mahgrib, Aladdin finds himself trapped in a
cave for three days and nights, with no light and nothing to eat. But it is
only when he attempts to light the old lamp heís found, that his real
When he finally returns home, Aladdinís mother thinks he is telling
stories, but she soon finds out the real value of the battered old lamp he
has brought with him. When Aladdin falls in love and lands himself in
more hot water through his pursuit of the Emperorís beautiful daughter,
his mother uses the lamp to secure his freedom and Aladdin wins the
Princessís hand in marriage. But Aladdin hasnít realised that the
Emperorís chief advisor is the evil Mahgrib, and his adventures havenít
Created for the National Ballet of Japan in 2008, Aladdin boasts
choreography by the creator of Birmingham Royal Balletís brilliant
Cinderella and music by Carl Davis, composer of the Companyís Cyrano
and numerous well-known television scores including Pride and Prejudice,
Cranford, The World at War and Up Pompeii.
'Elaborate and splendid'
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
'Sue Blane's designs are throughout stylish and witty'
THE FINANCIAL TIMES ON SYLVIA
'Carl Davis's work is terrific, taking in all the nuances of the plot'
THE STAGE ON CYRANO
Aladdin is a co-production with Houston Ballet Foundation.
Supported (2013) by The Garfield Weston Foundation, The John Ellerman Foundation, the estate of Margery
Bremner and the estate of Pamela Green.
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Click here for available Aladdin reviews.
Aladdin landing page
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Carl Davis Interview, part 3
Music Carl Davis
Choreography David Bintley
Sets Dick Bird
Costumes Sue Blane
Lighting Mark Jonathan
National Ballet of Japan, 15 November 2008, New National Theatre, Toyko
First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet
15 February 2013, Birmingham Hippodrome