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If you want to see great feats of de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing, you don’t have to look very far: they’re in ev­ery dou­bledecker bus, un­der­ground train and Tube sta­tion. Head to the Lon­don Trans­port Mu­seum’s De­sig­nol­ogy (from 20 May; p. 40) and you can ex­plore the pro­cesses be­hind this mov­ing me­trop­o­lis. His­toric maps and posters from the golden age of travel are dis­played along­side con­tem­po­rary de­signs and ideas on how travel might evolve in the fu­ture.

Na­tional Por­trait Gallery

Bri­tish his­tory told through por­trai­ture.

To 22 May: Vogue 100: A Cen­tury of Style. Prints from the style mag­a­zine. To 26 Jun: Rus­sia and the Arts: The Age of Tol­stoy and Tchaikovsky. Por­traits of Rus­sian writ­ers, artists and com­posers. Sat-Wed 10am-6pm; Thur & Fri 10am-9pm (reg­u­lar Late Shift spe­cial events). Ad­mis­sion free; charges for spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions. www.npg.org.uk. St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE. T: 020-7312 2463. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square.

Make your West End wishes come true by watch­ing the Dis­ney mu­si­cal Aladdin, which opens at the Prince Ed­ward The­atre this month

(from 27 May). The show is by Dis­ney The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tions – a divi­sion of The Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios – which also pro­duced

a mu­si­cal that has en­ter­tained au­di­ences in Lon­don for more than 15 years.

The stel­lar cast and crew is led by di­rec­tor and chore­og­ra­pher Casey Ni­cholaw, who has pre­vi­ously worked on The Book of Mor­mon. Ni­cholaw says: ‘Fans of the Aladdin movie will get to ex­pe­ri­ence all the spirit and songs they love, along­side a bunch of fun new ones. There are all the magic mo­ments, in­clud­ing the magic car­pet ride. I won’t tell any­one how we do it, though, as I want peo­ple to be sur­prised. When you see this show, you’re go­ing to get bang for your buck.’

Ex­pect old favourites such as AW­hole NewWorld, FriendLikeMe and Ara­bian Nights – with lyrics by ( Je­sus ChristSu­per­star, TheLionKing, Evita),

TheLionKing, Sir Tim Rice Howard Ash­man

( BeautyandtheBeast, The Lit­tleMer­maid), and ( Elf ).

You’ll be trans­ported to the desert with a set dec­o­rated with palm trees, Ara­bic wind­tow­ers, mosques and mar­kets, where a cast in harem pants browse for spices and lanterns. No ex­pense has been spared on the cos­tumes: the ge­nie’s trousers con­tain 1,428 Swarovski crys­tals and, back­stage, 108 cos­tume changes take place in just one minute.

The show will be a riot of colour and noise. Ex­pect for­tune tell­ers, men twirling in skirts and dancers throw­ing colour­ful scarves in the air – while you are wowed by sword throw­ers, belly dancers, fire­works and, of course, a real fly­ing car­pet.

Just like the 1992 an­i­mated film, the show tells the story of Aladdin, a street boy who frees a ge­nie from a lamp and is then

Chad Beguelin

granted three wishes that the ge­nie has the power to make come true. On the way he falls for Princess Jas­mine, but he soon re­alises that evil forces have other plans for the lamp – and for Princess Jas­mine – un­less Aladdin can save her. Dean John-Wilson ( Sis­terAct:TheMu­si­cal UKTour) stars as Aladdin along­side Jade Ewen – from the pop group Su­gababes – as Princess Jas­mine. Fill­ing the lamp af­ter mem­o­rable turn as the ge­nie is Trevor Dion Ni­cholas (inset; TheWizard­ofOz, TheLit­tle Mer­maid, Joseph, Rent and Into theWoods). Ni­cholas, who was born in West Vir­ginia in the United States, has gar­nered rave re­views for his role in the Broad­way show and is repris­ing it here in his Lon­don stage de­but. Get ready to en­ter a whole new world! For full list­ing, turn to p. 46

Wil­liams’ Robin

From 27 May: This Broad­way hit is com­ing to the West End for the first time. Ex­pect tunes such as A Whole New World with lyrics by Sir Tim Rice (p. 44). Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £42.25-£89.75. www.al­addinthe­mu­si­cal. co.uk. Prince Ed­ward The­atre, Old Comp­ton St, W1D 4HS. T: 0844- 482 5151. D7. Sta­tion: Tottenham Court Road.

Beau­ti­ful – The Ca­role King Mu­si­cal

Mu­si­cal about the early life and ca­reer of the award-win­ning singer-song­writer. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£127.50. www.beau­ti­ful­mu­si­cal.co.uk. Ald­wych The­atre, 49 Ald­wych, WC2B 4DF. T: 0845-200 7981. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den/Hol­born/Char­ing Cross.

The Book of Mor­mon

Con­tro­ver­sial satire, from the writ­ers of TV’s South Park, fol­low­ing the ex­ploits of mis­sion­ar­ies from the Church of Lat­ter Day Saints. Olivier Award win­ner. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm; 27 & 11 May 2.30pm. Tick­ets £39.75-£202.25. www.book of­mor­mon­lon­don.com. Prince of Wales The­atre, Coven­try St, W1D 6AS. T: 0844- 482 5110. E7. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square/Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Char­lie and the Cho­co­late Fac­tory

A mu­si­cal ver­sion of Roald Dahl’s chil­dren’s tale about an or­di­nary boy and an ex­tra­or­di­nary con­fec­tioner. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £17.50-£94. www.char­lie­andthe­choco­late fac­tory.com. The­atre Royal Drury Lane, Cather­ine St, WC2B 5JF. T: 0844-858 8877. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Dis­ney’s The Lion King

Won­der­ful adap­ta­tion of the pop­u­lar Dis­ney film. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Tick­ets £37.70-£139.50. www.thelionking.co.uk. Lyceum The­atre, 21 Welling­ton St, WC2E 7RQ. T: 0844-871 3000. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Funny Girl

Sheri­dan Smith, the Bafta and Olivier Award win­ner, plays the lead in this true story about Fanny, a mu­sic hall singer who finds fame on Broad­way be­fore fall­ing in love with gam­bler Nicky. The show fea­tures the song Don’t Rain On My Pa­rade. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £15-£99.50. www.fun­ny­girlthe­mu­si­cal.co.uk. Savoy The­atre, Strand, WC2R 0ET. T: 0844-871 7687. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

The Go-Between

From 27 May: Michael Craw­ford stars in this mu­si­cal about an el­derly man who un­in­ten­tion­ally delves into his past. 7.30pm. Tick­ets £23.50-£96. www.ni­maxthe­atres.com. Apollo The­atre, 31 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, W1D 7ES. T: 0330-333 4809. E7. Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Goose­bumps Alive

Im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in aban­doned rail­ways. In­spired by RL Stine’s chil­dren’s book. Adult TueFri 7pm-9.30pm; Sat 1.30pm-9.30pm; Sun 1.30pm7.30pm. Child Sat-Sun 11am-12.30pm. Adult £25£47.50; child £15-£20. www.goose­bump­salive.com. Arch 233, 10 Leake St, South Bank, SE1 7NN. T: 0871-220 0260. F8. Sta­tion: Water­loo.

Guys and Dolls

Fifties mu­si­cal about a gam­bler and his night­club­singer fi­ancée. Tue, Thur, Sat-Sun 2.30pm; WedSat 7.30pm. Tick­ets £27-£101.50. www.phoenix the­atrelon­don.co.uk. Phoenix The­atre, 110 Char­ing Cross Rd, WC2H 0JP. T: 0843-316 1082. D7. Sta­tion: Tottenham Court Road.

Hand to God

Straight from Broad­way, this is a dark com­edy about a boy and his satanic hand pup­pet. If you loved Book of Mor­mon and Av­enue Q, then you’ll en­joy this. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £25-£65. www.hand­to­god.co.uk. Vaude­ville The­atre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH. T: 0330-333 4814. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross/Covent Gar­den.

In the Heights

A Tony award-win­ning mu­si­cal about young love in New York. Mon-Tue & Thur-Fri 8pm; Tue 3pm; Sat 8.30pm; Sun 6pm. Tick­ets £22.50£60.50. www.inthe­height­slon­don.com. King’s Cross The­atre, Cor­ner of King’s Boule­vard and Goods Way, N1C 4UR. T: 0844-871 7604. Off map. Sta­tion: King’s Cross.

Jer­sey Boys

The hit Olivier Award-win­ning story of US pop sen­sa­tions Frankie Valli and the Four Sea­sons. Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Tue & Sat 3pm; Sun 5pm. Tick­ets £24.50-£112. www.jer­sey­boys­lon­don.com. Pic­cadilly The­atre, 16 Den­man St, W1D 7DY. T: 0844-871 7630. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Kinky Boots

Drag queen show with mu­sic by Cyndi Lau­per. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £45£125. www.kinky­boot­s­the­mu­si­cal.co.uk. Adel­phi The­atre, 409- 412 Strand, WC2R 0NS. T: 0844-579 0094. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Les Misérables

The world’s long­est-run­ning mu­si­cal. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tick­ets £37.25-£127.25. www.lesmis.com. Queen’s The­atre, 51 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, W1D 6BA. T: 0844- 482 5160. D8. Sta­tion: Le­ices­ter Square/Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Mamma Mia!

A trib­ute to the mu­sic of ABBA. Mon-Sat 7.45pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tick­ets £15-£97.50. www.mam­mamia.com. Novello, Ald­wych, WC2B 4LD. T: 0844482 5115. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den/ Tem­ple.

Matilda the Mu­si­cal

Based on Roald Dahl’s chil­dren’s book. Tue 7pm; Wed-Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm. Tick­ets £20-£122.50. www.matil­dath­e­mu­si­cal.com. Cam­bridge The­atre, 32-34 Earl­ham St, WC2 9HU. T: 0844- 412 4652. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Mo­town the Mu­si­cal

Won­der­ful mu­si­cal based on the story of Mo­town Records. Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Thur & Sat 3pm. Tick­ets £19.50-£145. www.shaftes­burythe­atre.com. Shaftes­bury The­atre, 210 Shaftes­bury Av­enue, WC2H 8DP. T: 020-7379 5399. D8. Sta­tion: Tottenham Court Road.

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