Aladdin musical comes to the West End

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image captionThe Disney musical has had a record-breaking run on Broadway

After weeks of rumours, it has been confirmed that Disney's musical Aladdin will open in London's West End in June next year.

The Tony Award-winning musical will open on 9 June at the Prince Edward Theatre.

More than one million people have seen the Disney show in the two years it has been on Broadway.

Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas will make his London stage debut as the genie.

Further casting will be announced later.

The musical is based on the 1992 animated film and features songs from the film, as well as new music by Alan Menken.

It debuted on Broadway in March 2014 and has had an award-winning run, receiving five Tony nominations in its opening year.

James Monroe Iglehart won the Tony award for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical, for his performance as the genie.

Productions of the musical have opened in Japan this year and another will open in Hamburg in December. It will also open in Sydney in 2016.

The film, which starred Robin Williams as the genie, won two Oscars in 1993 for best song and best original music.

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