Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida set for West End premiere

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Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is set for its first professional production in London’s West End.

Based on the opera of the same name written by Antonio Ghislanzoni, Aida features music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice and a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang.


Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.

Originally produced by Disney, the musical premiered in Atlanta in 1998 before moving to Chicago and finally making it to Broadway in 2000.

To date however there has not been a professional London production.

That could soon change with work on a revival underway, directed by Schele Williams.

The new production had been due to begin performances in North America in 2021 but will now debut in Germany in 2022, with plans for a West End run shortly after.

In a message on Twitter and via his podcast, Tim Rice confirmed: “Working on podcast number 8 which will feature Aida: musical with Sir Elton for which there are London plans via Europe in 18 months time if all is well. @heatherheadley”

Of course with the current ongoing health crisis, things are very much liable to change.

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