Live Cinema Season

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017)

Recorded | Ballet

Running time: The performance lasts about 2 hours 55 minutes, including two intervals

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017)

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s exuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s much-loved book.

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The story

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?

Background

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.

Credits

Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon

Music

Joby Talbot

Orchestration

Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot

Designer

Bob Crowley

Scenario

Nicholas Wright

Lighting designer

Natasha Katz

Projection designers

Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington

Original sound designer

Andrew Bruce

Performers

Conductor
Koen Kessels
Alice
Lauren Cuthbertson
Jack/The Knave of Hearts
Federico Bonelli
Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit
James Hay
Mother/The Queen of Hearts
Laura Morera
Magician/The Mad Hatter
Steven McRae
Concert Master
Ania Safonova
Orchestra
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Cast sheets

Cast sheets are available as PDFs

News and features

To find out more visit the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2017) production page.