AIDA is a musical with music by the pop legend Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, one of the best known musical theatre lyricists.
The book was written by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang, and the original stage version was produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. The musical is set in ancient Egypt and tells the story of forbidden love between Aida, a Nubian princess taken into slavery by Egyptians, and Radames, captain of the Egyptian army, who is engaged to Amneris, the Pharaoh’s daughter. The book is based on Giuseppe Verdi’s opera by the same name.
The opening night on Broadway was 23 March 2000 and the show clocked up almost two thousand performances over four years. The musical won four Tony awards (including for best original score), and it was named by Time magazine as one of the top ten theatre productions in 2000. A review published by Entertainment Weekly stated “It’s a very moving and powerful story”.
Polish premiere: 26 October 2019
British Council is media patron of the Polish production.