Confession: it’s been a whole day since I went to see the new West End musical production of Aladdin, and I still have ‘A Whole New World’ rattling around my head on repeat.

And another confession: it’s basically the best musical I’ve seen on stage, which is probably very uncultured of me given that this is undeniably a big, brash, expensive, Disney-fied extravaganza. But MAN it’s good.

Aladdin the musical london

Despite not being one of those people who goes completely soppy over Disney films, I do remember really loving Aladdin as a kid (I had a pair of Princess Jasmine leggings that I basically lived in for a year, before switching to a rather fetching pair of tie-dye cycling shorts).

However, luckily for anyone reading this I can’t remember the plot well enough to compare it scene-for-scene with the musical version, although I can tell you is they get Jasmine’s blue harem pant and crop top outfit SPOT ON.

Aladdin the musical london Jade Ewen Princess Jasmine

The costumes and colours of this production are just gorgeous – it’s an absolute treat for the eyes (geddit, Goggleboxers?!) The sets are also spectacular, in particular the bling-filled cave Aladdin enters to retrieve the lamp. In fact, when it was first revealed, this set got its own round of applause (it’s fair to say we were a pretty excitable audience).

Aladdin the musical london gold cave

Aladdin is played by Dean John-Wilson, who it must be noted, looks pretty good in an open waistcoat and Fez, while Jade Ewen plays Jasmine (cue my sister and I having a long interval conversation trying to remember what girl group she was in – it was Sugababes, in case you’re wondering).

The star for me though had to be the Genie, Trevor Dion Nicholas, who brought all the sass and flamboyance you would expect of this legendary character to the stage. I also have to give a shout out to Peter Howe as Jafar’s sidekick Iago, who was so ridiculously creepy I actually freaked myself out walking home by imagining him scuttling out of the dark bushes towards me.

I know, I’m weird.

For me the whole show was brilliant, but it had two real highlights. Firstly, the spectacular dance number when Genie first popped out in the glittery cave, which featured a Disney film medley, Strictly Come Dancing references, amazing tap dancing and enough costume changes to make Beyonce proud.

Aladdin the musical london genie

Secondly, the bit we were all waiting for – ‘A Whole New World’, complete with ACTUAL FLYING CARPET, a beautiful starry night sky and a teensy bit of snogging. So, so good.

Honestly, I don’t think anyone could not enjoy this musical. The songs are brilliant, the cast is on top form and the Genie is so awesome you’ll actually want to dip your entire head in glitter just so you can be more like him. Get tickets here.

 

 

 

 


Years ago, when I was a kid, I remember going through my mum’s makeup box and pulling everything out to admire the pretty colours like ‘oooh’, ‘ahhh’. Well, I had a similar reaction when Urban Decay’s new Alice in Wonderland eyeshadow palette arrived on my desk this week, and, since my day job doesn’t allow me to give it a full review, I’ll do it here.

Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette Eyeshadow

Firstly, this palette looks awesome – definitely the kind of thing to leave out on your bathroom shelf and so visitors can admire it (and hopefully ignore your jumbo pack of Tampons and mouldy shower curtain). The kaleidoscopic print gives you a clue to the jazzy colours inside, plus there is a mirror and pop-up butterfly because YOLO.

Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette Eyeshadow

Let’s get to the colours. Imaginatively named after characters and key themes from Lewis Carroll’s books, these include pretty, neutral shades (Looking Glass, Lily, Royal Flush) as well as some more daring ones (Metamorphosis, Cake, Heads Will Roll). *Insert lame joke about how you really would need to be mad to wear the bright green Hatter shade*

Apparently, each column represents a character, starting from the left: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana, Iracebeth and Time.

Some of the colours are shimmery, and others matte, but what they all have in common is a strong pigment so you definitely don’t need to use loads each time. They are also highly blendable. Believe me I know, because I coloured my whole arm in with them.

Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette Eyeshadow

Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette Eyeshadow

Swatching downwards on each row. Nearly ran out of arm.

I have to be honest, I am so completely boring when it comes to eyeshadow that I will likely be sticking to the beiges and browns of this palette, although the pinky tones of Lily and daring (for me) Salazem Grum will introduce some new tones into my eye-drobe.

Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette Eyeshadow

Looking Glass, Kingdom and Chronosphere. Plus eyeliner x 10000.

However, for the purposes of fairness I did try out some of the wilder colours and, although I am an earthy-toned gal, I can see that these would look cool on someone 10 years younger braver than me. It would also be bloody brilliant for fancy dress, which is ultimately what we all need more of in life (I’m pretty sure Alice would approve, anyway).

Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay Palette Eyeshadow

Left eye: Paradox and Chessboard. Right eye: Lily and Cake.

The palette retails at £45. It’s currently only available at Selfridges but you can soon grab one from urbandecay.co.uk.