If I had three wishes, I would pick to go to the mythical world of Agrabah. Who wouldn’t? 2019 has become the year of Disney remakes and experiences, one being the genie-us Aladdin. The Vaults is jumping on the Disney bandwagon, rolling out their magic carpet with a whole new (world) immersive Aladdin experience awaiting your discovery.
From October, The Vaults, home to London’s immersive theatre and alternative arts, will be transformed into a pantoland inspired by Aladdin and the Genie, A La Dine. The theatrical team at Darling and Edge, following their success of Beauty and The Feast, have fused their wild imaginations together once again, transporting guests on a sensory journey to the land of mythical Agrabah.
Nestled under a maze of disused railway arches under Waterloo station, at The Vaults, you’ll encounter the weird, wild and wonderful. While pantomimes have been dubbed with a pretty bad reputation for their cheesy humour and outlandish jokes, here you’ll watch the story of Aladdin unravel as you dive into a night of magic, royalty and food.
If you’re not familiar with the fable, one, did you grow up on Mars? And two, this retelling is sways a little from the original story. For one night, the Sultan is looking for a suitor for his heir, and as one of the finest citizens in the land, your presence has been requested. But, before you head on over, you’re in need of a breathtaking outfit that’ll woo both the Sultan and his heir, so it’s time to head to Widow Twankey’s enchanted laundrette. One question still remains, will you be the next Queen of Agrabah?
You’ll want to use one of your three wishes tonight as you’ll be dining on exotic golden dishes, bejewelled desserts and you might even get a glimpse of the Prince. Magic fills the air as you explore the ‘cave of wonders’, and of course, all your favourite characters will make an appearance but perhaps not in the way you once expected.
It’s certainly not your average ball. Think frolicking on the tables, airing out your dirty undies and indulging until the cork pops open! But you shouldn’t worry, it all comes out in the wash!
Fancy a ride on the magic carpet? A La Dine arrives Tuesday 1st October until Wednesday 15th January, at The Vaults, Leake Street, Lambeth, SE1 7NN, www.thevaults.london