Baz in the Daily Mail today (2 May 2014) speculates on when Disney’s Broadway smash-hit musical Aladdin will make it over to London.

Is Broadway's Aladdin heading to the West End?

Is Broadway’s Aladdin heading to the West End?

The London Palladium, which is going to be empty from 10 May 2014 following the demise of I Can’t Sing!, might have been a natural choice of venue for Thomas Schumacher and Disney execs for Aladdin – which is doing great business on Broadway (and just got 5 Tony Award nominations).

But Baz speculates that they would rather wait for the Prince Edward Theatre to become available, based on their happy memories of playing Mary Poppins there.

This gossip does seem likely given that Cameron Mackintosh co-produced Mary Poppins with them, and owns the Prince Edward. And the venue’s current production, Miss Saigon, is one of his.

The only spoke in the wheel might be if Miss Saigon runs on further than 2 or 3 years – which is certainly possible. It’s unlikely Mackintosh would move it to another venue given the show’s size and spectacle (although never say never).

UPDATE ( 25/07/2015): With the closure of Miss Saigon – Aladdin will open in the Summer of 2016 at the Prince Edward theatre.

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Other Theatre Gossip

  • Baz also speculates this week that the London Palladium might hold out for a big show (I suppose they don’t come along very often) and in the meantime fill the nights with comedy. Long famed as a Variety venue, the Palladium might work better as a comedy venue – the West End equivalent of the O2 or the Hammersmith Apollo.
  • White Christmas my come to the Dominion Theatre after the venue’s post-We Will Rock You makeover, and before Motown (or perhaps even Back to the Future) kicks off there.
  • The Harry Potter stage show is starting to pick up some momentum – and will need a big theatre. The Palladium?