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Your reaction: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland live in cinemas 2014

What did you think of the live cinema relay of Christopher Wheeldon's ballet?

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

16 December 2014 at 10.56pm | 57 Comments

What did you think of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?

The Royal Opera House Cinema Season broadcasts performances to more than 1,300 cinemas in 30 countries around the world. Find out more here.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

16 December 2014 at 10.56pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Christopher Wheeldon, cinema, live, Production, relay, Social Media, twitter

This article has 57 comments

  1. Duncan Hess responded on 16 December 2014 at 11:07pm Reply

    This production is the perfect storm of music, choreography, dance, design, costume, make-up & lighting. I don't ever expect to see it bettered.

    • Elaine Cocciadiferro responded on 17 December 2014 at 11:57pm

      This performance took ballet to a new level - saw it at The Torch, Milford Haven, tonight, and agree with every word of your comment.

  2. sarah langfield responded on 16 December 2014 at 11:23pm Reply

    Stunning and enchanting throughout. Loved the caterpillar, cat and queen!

  3. maefaeita barberá responded on 16 December 2014 at 11:23pm Reply

    I saw it in Valencia. Fantastic! The queen of hearts was amazing! Bravo!

  4. sarah langfield responded on 16 December 2014 at 11:25pm Reply

    Stunning and enchanting. Loved the caterpillar, cat and queen!!

  5. pulchérie pauillac france responded on 16 December 2014 at 11:25pm Reply

    fabuleux ! trop excitée pour dormir avant un bon moment...

  6. Alice responded on 16 December 2014 at 11:31pm Reply

    I had a wonderful time watching Alice in Wonderland at Cascais Shopping in Portugal. Everyone was so professional and it was so amusing. The costumes and sceneries were very creative. Really adored!!! tks everyone

  7. Wendy Manock responded on 16 December 2014 at 11:48pm Reply

    Home now, after a wonderful evening at Cineworld, Bolton watching unbelievable artistry from Sarah Lamb and all the cast of Alice in Wonderland. Fantastic music score, everyone deserves credit - wonderful wonderland, magnificent, colourful scenery, reliving every moment.

  8. Iris responded on 17 December 2014 at 2:02am Reply

    Alice is WONDERFUL!

  9. Julia Kneale responded on 17 December 2014 at 6:25am Reply

    You went into so much detail about the Tart Adagio in the interval talk that it was an anticlimax when staged. Otherwise thoroughly enjoyable and a tour de force from Lamb.

  10. Angela responded on 17 December 2014 at 7:54am Reply

    Dear Royal Ballett,

    thank you so much for taking me to Wonderland live in cinema and afterwards in my dreams .
    Many greetings from Berlin !!

  11. Linda B responded on 17 December 2014 at 8:43am Reply

    Watched the live screening from Ancona in Italy. What a fantastic idea and wonderful for all us Brits living abroad who can't get to the Royal Opera House. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was brilliant. Amazing dancers, costumes and sets, fantastic choreography. Loved the humour brought to the production by Zenaida Yanowsky. Great introductions by Darcey Bussell. Loved it all.

  12. Werner K. Ruegger responded on 17 December 2014 at 9:02am Reply

    It was the most fantastic interpretation of this classic story. Witty, fluent, artistic, riveting, imaginative, technically innovative. An evening of pure enjoyment. Thanks from Zurich, Switzerland

  13. Jacqueline Morris responded on 17 December 2014 at 9:07am Reply

    I was so looking forward to seeing the screening at The Vue in Staines. Unfortunately, due to technical issues we had no picture, so had to get a refund.

    Very disappointed.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 17 December 2014 at 10:00am

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Sorry to hear this - we'll be in contact with the Vue cinema in Staines to find out what went wrong at your screening, to ensure that this doesn't occur again in future.


      ROH Content Producer

  14. Gillian Steedman responded on 17 December 2014 at 9:49am Reply

    So wonderful. A 21st century classic to add to the greats of the 19th and 20th. Sarah Lamb with her constant smile and the rest of the cast were great, the scenery and effects amazing, the costumes fabulous and we mustn't forget the excellent orchestra, too. I loved the modern ending. Will last night's production be available on DVD? My husband was unwell and had to miss the screening.

  15. douglas responded on 17 December 2014 at 9:58am Reply

    Pantomime ballet with much humour and so so much charm. Lamb supreme and a great piece of ham(ming). The camera work was the best.

  16. David Lutwyche responded on 17 December 2014 at 11:12am Reply

    Absolute disaster watching this at the Connaught Studio, Worthing. Sound and Pictures out of synchronisation for up to an hour - several seconds delay between latter and former - reduced Darcy intro and Act 1 to a farce. Responsibility with ROH feed or reception at Worthing ? There was a sell-out audience ! From Act 2 onwards quite brilliant for those like us who stayed on.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 17 December 2014 at 1:07pm

      Hi David,

      Apologies for what appears to be a localized issue. We'll be in contact with the cinema to see what caused the problems, to ensure it's resolved for next time.

      ROH Content Producer

  17. Jean Porter responded on 17 December 2014 at 11:47am Reply

    A wonderful evening at Cineworld Chichester. Fabulous production, performances and score. Totally captured the essence of the book. Such a shame we lost the sound right at the end and missed the last few bars of the score. But all in all a magical evening.

  18. john turner responded on 17 December 2014 at 11:56am Reply

    superb artistry. however, there were breaks in the sound occasionally, and I prefer to see the entirety of the stage when the company is performing, rather than the close-ups of principles we kept getting. the start time was 7.30, not 7.15 as in the cinema information so you probably missed out on a potentially larger audience. very little seemed to be made of the caterpillar column - I'm sure they were only onstage for a few seconds.

  19. Barney Rolfe-Smith responded on 17 December 2014 at 12:37pm Reply

    It was quite excellent! Quite simply a world class performance. Exemplified by the exquisite design for the footwear of the caterpillar, for just a few seconds on stage. Marvellous! Thank you for an affordable broadcast it means we can all join in and enjoy.

  20. Annie O'Kane responded on 17 December 2014 at 1:18pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful production from all angles BUT all 5 of us going home in the car agreed that for all the effort, design and stunning effect of the caterpillar it was disappointing that it was only on stage for about 10 - 12 seconds particular as the ROH asks for donations for ballet shoes. What did the 8 pairs of beautiful ballet shoes cost per second? Having felt we would mention that, the ballet was fantastic so a BIG THANK YOU to the ROH.

  21. Luca responded on 17 December 2014 at 1:27pm Reply

    please release a new DVD of this production with this cast!!

  22. ann marcer responded on 17 December 2014 at 1:43pm Reply

    Beautifully produced and exceptional costumes in fact everything was spectacular

  23. Emilie Smith responded on 17 December 2014 at 2:42pm Reply

    I absolutely loved yesterday's performance of Alice in Wonderland, I saw that you already have a DVD of a previous production, but I was wandering if you would release a DVD of this particular cast?

  24. Dori Grasso responded on 17 December 2014 at 3:51pm Reply

    I love, love, LOVE ballet. I don't think I EVER enjoyed a performance as much as I did "Alice" last night. Thank you so very much for broadcasting this! A suggestion-- please do a broadcast of "Romeo and Juliet" with Sarah Lamb. I think she would be transcendant in that role.

    I was with my daughter, who is another ballet lover, and a close friend who I've introduced to ballet through several of your broadcasts, including last night's. She's told me she absolutely wants to see as many as she can. We were in Anne Arundel County at the Cinemark, just south of Baltimore, Maryland, US. We also had some issues with our sound, though not nearly as severe as some of the other reviewers report-- we completely lost sound (but not the picture) several times for just a few minutes each time. Fortunately, the longest period was during the first intermission after Ms. Bussell had finished speaking, and there was nothing more than a shot of the audience. It lasted for a minute or two after Act 2 began.

  25. Jenny Ashby responded on 17 December 2014 at 4:53pm Reply

    Spectacular in every way . The best ballet I have ever seen and the music was awesome terrific must buy the DVD

  26. susan wheeler responded on 17 December 2014 at 5:31pm Reply

    I am still reeling from the most fabulous production of this ballet. It was thrilling, enchanting,surreal beautifully presented and the memories will live forever in my mind. Pity
    there is no simple programme for cinema goers, it would be lovely to have one.
    Thanks to everyone. Sue from Standish

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 17 December 2014 at 7:26pm

      Dear Susan

      Delighted to hear that you enjoyed the show.

      We do actually provide a programme for cinema goers, but due to the complexity of delivering to so many outlets it is only available online:

      Best wishes


    • Jakegee responded on 17 December 2014 at 9:51pm

      Hi Susan.

      I imagine you are perhaps simply looking for a Cast List and synopsis of the production? If so, click on 'Cinema' at the bottom of the Home page, then click on 'Coming soon' on the left of the cinema page, under which is 'recorded'. Click on 'Recorded' and you will find 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' on the left of the page.Under the photograph on the left of the page you will see "Cast Sheets" which are available as PDFs in six different languages. Most cinemas now hand out a small print of this, and you should request of your cinema that they provide these in future. You may also find that your cinema is showing the recording of last night's 'Live' production on Sunday 28th December at 3pm! I'm going back for an 'encore'!! I hope this proves helpful. John.

  27. Peter Bolton responded on 17 December 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

    Congratulations, what an amazing performance in the true sense of the word, brilliantly combining tradition with modern and graphic technology. A truly wonderful performance and production that excites and has a wow factor at every scene change, from start to finish. Every element is just unbelievably excellent and stirring, from the powerful and dramatic music including the inspirational use of the 'clock' which seems so right, to the wonderful dance and beautiful costumes and clever impressive scenery. Such an excellent realisation of the story and so hard to imagine the challenge it must have presented to all the artistic and technological designers starting from a blank sheet for everything and being able to bring it to a knock-out conclusion so brilliantly. Thank you so much for a truly wonderful evening at the cinema

  28. dave cave responded on 17 December 2014 at 8:41pm Reply

    I didn't realise until seeing this in the cinema last night, that its premiere was actually over 3 years ago. Such things take a long time to reach us provincials out in the sticks. So I was delighted and dazzled by this extravaganza, ang grateful to ROH and Showcase cinemas for bringing it to a wider audience who will probably never get to see it 'in the flesh'.
    Was it a ballet or a pantomine ? I don't know. Certainly the most stunning stage show of any sort I have ever seen. Such originality in the design, such ingenuity of staging, such wit and humour, such dazzling performances by dancers and musicians. And Joby Talbot's marvellous score , 100 years after the excitement of the Rite of Spring,moves ballet music on for the next century.

    Of course it won't appeal to the classical ballet purists, fossilised in a world of Petippa and Delibes. But for me was perhaps the most scillintating night ever in theatre or cinema .

  29. Raine Woods responded on 17 December 2014 at 8:53pm Reply

    I watched this amazing ballet in the cinema in Dinan, Bretagne and loved it. However, we did have a breakdown in transmission in Act 2 which was a real shame as it lasted for around 10 minutes. I never saw the caterpillar and after having seen the shoes earlier, was looking forward to this. Great scenery, costumes and choreography. Thank you so much to all the marvellous dancers and everyone connected with this production.

  30. Irene Preece responded on 17 December 2014 at 9:16pm Reply

    Saw this last night, brilliant costumes and dancing. Very modern twist on an old classic

  31. Sarah responded on 17 December 2014 at 11:17pm Reply

    Live streaming @ Odeon London SW16 - a big thank you to ROH, Royal Ballet & cinema for a fabulous night of entertainment, it quiet simply surpassed all expectation - dancing, costumes, scenery, music & camera work shear brilliance by all, thank you.

  32. Duncan Hess responded on 18 December 2014 at 5:59pm Reply

    Worth asking the technical / satellite people - there were about 15 one-second gaps in the sound at Finchley Road Vue. Not the end of the world, but irritating.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 4 January 2015 at 9:26pm

      Thanks for letting us know Duncan. We've passed your feedback on to the cinema team.

      Best wishes


  33. Patricia Starkey, Cork. responded on 19 December 2014 at 3:17pm Reply

    What was there not to like about Alice ....
    nothing. Except, it would be great to see the Caterpillar one more time! Wonderful everything.

  34. Judy Phillips responded on 19 December 2014 at 5:52pm Reply

    Absolutely amazing performance, Sarah Lamb utterly fabulous, costumes, music, set just wonderful and thrilled that Darcy Bussell was presenting.Thank you all at ROH for an amazing production.

  35. Pam Lorenz responded on 20 December 2014 at 1:24pm Reply

    Absolutely fantastic - would have gone the following night had it been screened again.

  36. Blaize Davies responded on 20 December 2014 at 5:24pm Reply

    It was the 2nd time I saw this production of Alice at a cinema. I enjoyed it so enormously and would go a third time to experience the sure beauty of the dancing the music, the set, costumes - Sarah Lamb was stunning. Federico Bonelli, Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in particular were fantastic but everybody was good and I thought the understudy for the White Rabbit was impressive. Darcy Bussell's enthusiasm was palpable and I loved hearing from someone who knows from the inside what it's all about. Seeing these ballets live streaming from ROH has transformed my experience of watching ballet. I can't tell you how grateful I am.

  37. Louise anderson responded on 22 December 2014 at 5:24pm Reply

    BRAVO I was blown away by the cinema performance. The Queen of Hearts was SUPERLATIVE in her performance. I've been telling all of my friends how excellent the costumes, mixed media and of course all of the dancers. If you could suggest where in the US I would be able to purchase a DVD I would appreciate it. I look forward to attending other programs via cinema.

  38. Antonia Davis responded on 23 December 2014 at 11:44pm Reply

    I saw this at Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford yesterday as an Encore Screening. A wonderful treat to see such an imaginative and engaging ballet. Loved the witty surreal set design, the acting of the principal dancers, the music. As others said all of the performance was excellent quality. More transmissions of productions please.

  39. léna responded on 27 December 2014 at 11:39pm Reply

    please release a new DVD of this production with this cast!

  40. Wendi responded on 1 January 2015 at 7:55pm Reply

    I went with a group and we were so excited to see Alice at Regal Bowie Crossing in Bowie, Maryland, USA. The first half was so beautiful and creative and funny (white rabbit and the tarts was quite delightful). Unfortunately, after tempting us with the intermission teaser about the Mad Hatter and the Caterpillar shoes, our broadcast was lost and we didn't get to enjoy the second half. So disappointing. Although they refunded our ticket and provided a voucher, I'm afraid I won't get the chance to see it again. Are there any plans to rebroadcast?

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 4 January 2015 at 6:58pm

      Dear Wendi

      I have passed your feedback on to our cinema team.

      Best wishes


  41. valerie barton responded on 2 January 2015 at 3:56pm Reply

    how fabulouse this performance how lucky we are to see ballet at our local cinema new brighton wirral merseyside light cinema , transported into amazing places.i wish caterpillar had been on stage longer.wonderful performance. we are very privilaged,

  42. Shirley Palfrey. responded on 9 January 2015 at 7:56pm Reply

    Absolutely, amazingly, stunningly beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

  43. Bonnie Lythgoe responded on 16 January 2015 at 4:50pm Reply

    Having flown in form LA I expected to feel tired during the Ballet , but I was Elated and Excited by the Whole Production . I wanted to watch it all over again . Total Perfection in Every way . When oh when can I see it again

    Bonnie Lythgoe

  44. Stevie responded on 20 January 2015 at 11:15pm Reply

    However possible ? This this was even better than the previous live streaming. Zenaida had further refined her comedy acting and as we all know her dancing talent is already established.

  45. peter bretherton responded on 27 January 2015 at 3:38pm Reply

    My gripe is not with ' Alice ' which I thoroughly enjoyed but I can't resist the opportunity of expressing my dismay at the staging of L'Elisire d'Amore reminiscent of a touring company rather than a top class Opera House, when will designers realise that the setting and spectacle is an integral part of a production?

  46. Ileana responded on 14 November 2015 at 1:50pm Reply

    I'd like to get the DVD of Alice's Adventure in Wonderland recorded at the Royal Opera House on Dec. 16, 2014 with Sarah Lamb and Federico Bonelli
    I have one with Lauren Cuthbertson and Sergei Polunin and it was a beautiful performance ...
    I saw a few time ago this masterpiece with Lamb / Bonelli / McRae / Watson / Yanowsky and I liked it so much ... so I ask, you can also have this wonderful show?
    Thank you for your attention and Sorry for my english!

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 14 November 2015 at 3:02pm

      Dear Ileana

      The 2014 recording of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has not been released on DVD. We are unable to release all of the performances we capture for cinema as a DVD due to associated costs.

      Best wishes


  47. Theresa Hunt responded on 24 October 2017 at 10:17pm Reply

    It was wonderful. The amazing Mad Hatter, the splendid White Rabbit, the glorious Caterpillar, the delightful bad tempered Red Queen and enchanting Alice. It was one of the best ballets I have been to. I went with my granddaughter and my great granddaughter and we were all mesmerised with this production. The music was so brilliantly right and told the story so well and lastly the sets were out of this World and the costumes WOW. We are all going to see A Winters Tale amongst others. Thank you for a fabulous evening.

  48. Theresa Hunt responded on 24 October 2017 at 10:31pm Reply

    Astounding. Marvellous.
    Thank you for a wonderful evening.

  49. J.Gridley responded on 26 October 2017 at 2:29pm Reply

    Superbly inventive and entertaining; ingenious thinking; almost too much for the eyes to watch at times when there are a multitude of separate sub-stories/chapters presenting simultaneously. One almost takes for granted the delicious music, the exciting colours and costumes, the incredibly energetic (& graceful) dancing; almost but not quite. It is not necessary to like ballet to be entranced, awakened, and satisfied in ear, eye and mind by this wonderful theatrical presentation.

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