Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It was last on stage 27 September—28 October 2017 as part of the Autumn 2017/18 season.
At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser…
As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?
Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.
Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty’s famous Rose Adage – to a playing card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.
News and features
24 October 2017
A selection of audience reactions after the cinema broadcast of Christopher Wheeldon's much-loved ballet.
16 October 2017
Christopher Wheeldon's fantasy ballet will be relayed live to cinemas around the world as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.
2 October 2017
Audience responses and press reviews of Christopher Wheeldon's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's iconic novel, which opened The Royal Ballet's 2017/18 Season.
15 September 2017
Principal casting has been amended for four performances of Christopher Wheeldon's ballet.
12 September 2017
An exclusive glimpse of preparations for the Company's 2017/18 Season opener.
13 February 2017
We've scoured the repertory in search of the most romantic ballets for Valentine's Day.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a ballet in three acts by Christopher Wheeldon with a scenario by Nicholas Wright. It was commissioned by The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, and the National Ballet of Canada and had its world premiere on Monday, 28 February 2011. The music by Joby Talbot is the first full-length score (1 hour 40 minutes) for the Royal Ballet in 20 years.