More than five years in the making, this full-length ballet has reinvigorated the tale of Aladdin with breath-taking scenery, and special effects, sensual dance scenes and exhilarating music that wouldn't be out of place in an action movie.
Gone is any sense of pantomime 'cheese', and instead there are touches of humour and a sense of fun, which added to the dazzling costumes, making this a show that children and adults will equally adore.
It's a big scale production - a flying carpet, a bright blue genie appearing in a poof of smoke floating in mid-air and a glowing lamp among the special effects. While the lavish sets transform the stage into wonders of the ancient world. Whether its a dingy cave complete with whale bone staircase, exotic and steamy bathhouse or a royal court with Moorish horseshoe arch architecture, it is constantly a feast for the eyes.
The ballet begins with cheeky Aladdin causing a rumpus in the market square before being transported to the wilds of the desert and a mysterious cave by the sinister Mahgrib, a Moroccan magician.
It is inside the cave that Aladdin comes across an array of jewels, each of which dance for him and provide the most charming scenes in the production.
The delightful costumes and dances of sharp-edged diamonds, snake-like emeralds and regal gold among the horde of riches hark back to the colourful characters encountered in The Nutcracker.
An array of dazzling costumes and dances are sure to make Aladdin an audience favourite
But this is only the start of the adventure as Aladdin attempts to win over the Emperor's daughter, Princess Badr-al-Budur, through a series of romantic encounters and pas-de-deux full of sensitivity and difficult lifts, made to look effortless by principal ballet dancers Cesar Morales and Nao Sakuma.
There is also an emotionally-charged music score. It varies between frivolous fun and an uplifting overture of adventure that kept reminding me of movie Back to the Future. But then, the soundtrack has been created by the BAFTA award-winning Carl Davis, who has also created scores for the French Lieutenant's Woman, Pride and Prejudice and Cranford.
The magic of Aladdin in Birmingham Royal Ballet's new production
BRB artistic director David Bintley, who was also responsible for the ballet company's award-winning Cinderella production, has described Aladdin as "possibly the least 'deep' ballet I've made", but its charm and vibrant sets are sure to make this an audience favourite.
Aladdin continues at Birmingham Hippodrome until February 23.
A special family-friendly show takes place at 6.30pm on Friday February 22.