Live Cinema Season

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2013)

Recorded | Ballet

Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes (including 2 intervals)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2013)

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into the fantastical world of Wonderland. Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet combines theatrical verve with thrilling choreography.


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?


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.


Christopher Wheeldon
Joby Talbot
Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot
Bob Crowley
Nicholas Wright
Lighting designer
Natasha Katz
Projection designers
Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington
Original sound designer
Andrew Bruce


David Briskin
Sarah Lamb
Jack/The Knave of Hearts
Federico Bonelli
Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit
Edward Watson
Mother/The Queen of Hearts
Zenaida Yanowsky
Magician/The Mad Hatter
Steven McRae
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Digital Programme

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Digital Programme

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