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Aladdin



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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 contains...

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 adventure begins!

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 ended yet.

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

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Credits


Music Carl Davis
Choreography David Bintley
Sets Dick Bird
Costumes Sue Blane
Lighting Mark Jonathan

World premiere


National Ballet of Japan, 15 November 2008, New National Theatre, Toyko

First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet


15 February 2013, Birmingham Hippodrome
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