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NEWS: Japanese TV star Takao Osawa joins the West End cast of The King and I

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Takao Osawa, the multi-award-winning actor and star of one of Japan’s most popular television series Jin, will join the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I to play Kralahome, trusted adviser to The King of Siam, when the smash hit musical transfers from Broadway to the London Palladium on 21 June 2018 (press night is 3 July).

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NEWS: Dean-John Wilson & Na-Young Jeon join cast of The King & I as Palladium run is extended

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Dean John-Wilson (who starred in the title role of Disney’s original West End production of Aladdin) and Na-Young Jeon (Fantine in Les Misérables in the West End and Gigi in Miss Saigon on world tour) join the West End cast of The King & I as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim.

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ALADDIN – West End

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Guest reviewer: Dan Frost The long-awaited stage production of Disney’s Aladdin certainly gets an A for effort. Transferring from Broadway with much hyped attached, it’s an Arabian bazaar of stage-cramming song and dance numbers, effects wizardy, wise-cracking dialogue and innumerable costume changes. And it is, as you might have guessed, very American, full of swinging […]

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Press pass: All the Aladdin reviews, the biggest star on the purple carpet + show trailer

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Judging by the overnight reviews, and despite the inevitable pantomime associations for British audiences, the Disney-scale spectacle has worked its magic on most critics. In addition to a round-up of overnight reviews, there’s also a dash of purple carpet glamour, with one very special guest in particular: title star Dean John-Wilson‘s girlfriend, also known as Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo.

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ALADDIN – West End

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Bright, lighthearted and fun, this is a great family show that has the power to enchant audiences of all ages. This latest Disney theatrical production has finally landed in the West End and what a show it is. Filled with plenty of glamour, fantastic songs and a great charm, you will leave the Prince Edward theatre with a huge smile on your face.

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ALADDIN – West End

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The moment you arrive at the Prince Edward Theatre it feels as if it has been “Disneyfied”. I mean that in the nicest possible way. All the staff are super-friendly and helpful. Now it might just be the Disney magic or extra training. Whatever the reason, by the time you take your seat you are already regressing to childhood and beaming from ear to ear.

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PHOTOS: West End production shots released for Disney’s Aladdin

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First production images for ALADDIN have been released today ahead of its official opening night at the Prince Edward Theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016. Disney’s new West End musical began preview performances on Friday 27 May and tickets for the spectacular production are now on sale for performances up to and including 11 February 2017.

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MISS ATOMIC BOMB – St James Theatre

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Miss Atomic Bomb blasts onto the St James stage with a visually impressive bang. In a show that’s a chain reaction of spectacular dance work (including some delicious tap routines), choreographer Bill Deamer’s fingerprints (or rather footprints) are everywhere. Deamer, who also co-directs, has a consummate understanding of the spectacular and the dancing here is amongst the best in town.

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MISS ATOMIC BOMB – St James’ Theatre

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It’s not often theatre reviews are bad enough to make BBC lunchtime headlines, but the writers of Miss Atomic Bomb should be donning their tin hats. When London’s most enthusiastic musical theatre critic, The Stage’s (and My Theatre Mates co-founder) Mark Shenton, who just chaired the BEAM event to encourage new musical writing is out of his seat like a rocket to get a one-star review online before midnight, something must be wrong.