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Your reaction: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in cinemas

Audience tweets from the live relay of Christopher Wheeldon's ballet.

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

28 March 2013 at 10.41pm | 31 Comments

Your reaction: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in cinemas

Audience tweets from the live relay of Christopher Wheeldon's ballet.

Storified by Royal Opera House· Fri, Mar 29 2013 04:17:15

First ballet experience with #ROHalice tonight - thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks to the wonderful #Stratford crowd for great company!Tom Roberts
It was like watching a music box. Thank you so much for this beautiful poetry. #ROHaliceℒe Pℰtit Ch⁂ton ღ
Magical stage, beautiful costumes, wonderful music, and so great performance by all the dancers. I spent a very good time ! Thanks #ROHAliceFaby
#ROHAlice Absolutely wonderful, the White Rabbit looks like John Lennon.Awesome performance, the music out of this world.#livestreamingPaul Stamp
Creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - The Royal Balletroyaloperahouse
AMAZING JOB GUYS! could watch it again and again many times... the best of Alice in Wonderland, definitely #ROHalicePOV do Gabriel Rossi
Not so keen on some of the close ups tho': I much prefer being free to watch the White Rabbit or Red Queen even if there's a pd2. #ROHAliceMargaret B
#ROHalice was amazing, so glad we came to see it @ginalouise96 @RoyalOperaHouseYou're Beautiful
Act 3 of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ballet just ended. Amazing performances by all and brilliant orchestral score #ROHaliceMark Stott
Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Thanks for this wonderful trip to Wonderland! Can't wait for the next adventure. Beyond the mirror maybe? #ROHaliceMakoto Yamakami
Excellent live ballet from @RoyalOperaHouse making arts accessible to everyone #ROHaliceClare Louise Byrnes
LOVED #ROHalice! the Queen of Hearts' Tart Adage is tied with La Fille Mal Gardée's Clog Dance for me! pure comic genius!Mikey Brett
Awe-inspired, emotional, speechless. It's time to go home, put my pointe shoes on and dance until the sun comes up. #inspiration #ROHaliceGemma May Flower
Artists of The Royal Ballet in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Your comments on the cast...
In love with Sarah Lamb's amazing perforfance! Congrats from Curitiba - Brazil! #ROHaliceCecília Tümler
Eric Underwood's caterpillar in #ROHalice @RoyalOperaHouse was everything he intended it to be. Just amazing.Nigel Smith
I couldn't keep my eyes off Zenaida Yanowsky's feet. She is the epitome of a perfect pointe dancer. #ROHaliceGemma May Flower
#ROHalice thanks again J. Talbot for the music, and congrats to all dancers for this wonderful show !Manon Blondel
#ROHalice amazing performance! Loved the hedgehogs so cute!(And trees) hahaSasha Hammond
Sarah Lamb as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011Royal Opera House Covent Garden

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

The Royal Ballet's Frederick Ashton Mixed Bill will be screened in July.

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

28 March 2013 at 10.41pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, audience, by Christopher Wheeldon, cinema, movies, Production, review, Social Media, twitter, your reaction

This article has 31 comments

  1. Biard Hélène responded on 28 March 2013 at 11:48pm Reply

    It was an excellent evening. The Royal Ballet is absolutely fabulous.

    • Zhan Welcome responded on 22 November 2013 at 5:50pm

      This movie is entertaining but the dancers' feet have been cut off most of the time. The filming should pay attention to level the feet up in the screen so that even when the showing cuts some part off the screen, the feet stay in. Also, I totally agree that we are here to see the dance. Everything else is way secondary. Quite a few films have failed to understand us.

  2. Elizabeth Paciello responded on 29 March 2013 at 2:43am Reply

    Congratulations! What a fabulous ballet! Exciting, dazzling, breathtaking, everyone involved gave of their best. Lots of young girls and boys at our cinema in Cardiff, completely absorbed I'm sure, not a peep out of them! So many tweets shown onscreen from all over the world, so good to think all we people are joined in these wonderful live transmissions. Have seen the operas as well, both cinema and at Covent Garden - in fact coming to see the Queen's (real!) husband singing the hilarious Papageno in May. Lots more transmissions please! Thanks and regards to all Liz

  3. Marcella Vigneri responded on 29 March 2013 at 10:07am Reply

    My 9 years old son Ravi was totally captivated by the music of the Mad Hatter tea-part: is the music schore available for sale anywhere? He's a great piano player and would love to have a go, please let me know! Thanks. The Ballet was outstanding!

  4. What a performance, crammed full of spectacular dancing, costumes, colour, set changes, humour........
    I loved every exciting moment - thank you to the whole talented team.

  5. Ronald Gough responded on 29 March 2013 at 11:14am Reply

    I have loved Alice in Wonderland since I was a little boy 70 years ago. I think your live streamings to local cinemas are wonderful as it's a bit of a pain to get into London these days. This production was wonderfully evocative of my much loved story with beautiful music and choreography and such splendid dancers. Please carry on the good work, it's a boon to us senior citizens

  6. Monaleinchenx3 responded on 29 March 2013 at 12:47pm Reply

    Wonderful! The beginning of the third act was so funny! Absolutely amazing ballet! :)) ♥

  7. brilliant, wonderful, magical Wonderland.... Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen was superbly funny and Sarah Lamb charming as Alice. The whole cast, performance, choreography, music, costumes, make-up, scene changes transported us to Alice's Wonderland..... you all must be so proud... congratulations x

  8. DaveM responded on 29 March 2013 at 12:50pm Reply

    enjoyed it overall, the close-ups were brilliant and not too frequent to be obtrusive, the sound for the orchestra spot on. There was a bit of a strong colour cast in many scenes in the wider shots (especially in act 1), which wasn't good. Was disappointed not to have a cast sheet or any info before hand, but thoroughly enjoyed the introductory clips before curtain up and at the intervals. The dancing was of course superb, by the whole cast.

  9. I'm (still) in Wonderland and I won't come back.

    #ROHalice just made the top of my list!

    Overwhelmingly amazing. From the choreography to the score, from the costumes to the sets... Stunning, unforgettable performances from the dancers of the Royal Ballet. Here's my standing ovation. Congratulations to everyone at the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet.

  10. Patrick OK responded on 29 March 2013 at 3:19pm Reply

    Beyond superlatives.Oh to have been in the theatre.

  11. Joanne Thrower responded on 29 March 2013 at 3:29pm Reply

    What a feast! Superb dancing, amazing sets and music. The choreography was inspired. The Red Queen and the Caterpillar were tremendous

  12. It's an amazing production and the music...suits just perfect! I loved Sarah Lamb as Alice, charming and lovely, a sweet little. But Zenaida is always Zenaida! Although Red Queen is a great character, I prefer her as Odete/Odile.

  13. Julia Holmes responded on 29 March 2013 at 4:40pm Reply

    What a wonderful evening. Beautiful costumes, great set, fantastic dancing. Loved the flower waltz. The cat was amazing.... pure joy. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  14. Helen Tuite responded on 29 March 2013 at 10:23pm Reply

    Absolutley brilliant production, the music and the dancing was amazing, Alice was just incredible and the rest of the cast and the whole theatre seemed to come out with that feel good facture - everyone was talking about how brilliant it was in the car park afterwards!

  15. tina john responded on 30 March 2013 at 9:34am Reply

    we watched in absolute awe at the stunning performance of all the dancers ,Alice was amazing !well done every one in the show ,looking forward to BEYOND THE MIRROR perhaps ?,the cinema link at Bracknell was sold out and we could see why ,children especially enjoyed the cheshire cat and the mad tapper was a genius at his art,the rose painters and of course the superb red queen faultless comedy,the white rabbit was unforgetable amust see show,exquisit thankyou Tina John Reading

  16. elaine caiger responded on 30 March 2013 at 5:20pm Reply

    It was wonderful to see Alice on the big screen. All the dancers in sparkling form as always. Thank you.

  17. Kathryn Collingham responded on 1 April 2013 at 10:18am Reply

    The entire performance was magical enchanting and captivating. The entire production was produced and performed to a very high professional standard. A truly memorable experience.

  18. Frederick Gasoi responded on 2 April 2013 at 1:23am Reply

    My wife (who was in her youth a scholar at the Royal Academy of Dancing) and I watched the live HD broadcast of Alice's Adventures at a local cinema here in Montreal this past Thursday. The dancing, sets, costumes and choreography were superb. The same cannot be said of the cinematography, which ruined our enjoyment. Why on earth did the Director feel compelled to constantly cut away from people who were dancing to show close-ups of people who were not? Why the close-up compulsion – this is not what you see in the theatre and not what the choreographer designs for. For example, there was a sequence where brightly-costumed dancers came down the aisles of the theatre. We saw about three seconds of this; the camera then cut away to a close-up of the characters on stage who were doing nothing except looking out to the action, of which we saw no more. Then there was the caterpillar – we briefly saw the lead dancer and then a close-up of legs going by – never a long shot of the caterpillar in its entirety so we could appreciate how it moved. These are but two examples.

    Contrast this with the Bolshoi production of Esmeralda which was broadcast here in HD on Sunday. There were virtually no close-ups; the Director would zoom in on a pas-de-quatre as the dancers moved together, careful to keep them all in the frame. If/as they separated, he pulled back. He frequently used semi-overhead shots from the side, as would be seen from a loge. He obviously understood what a ballet viewer is looking to see – THE DANCING!! You needn’t show close-ups – even on long shots the dancers are larger than life size on the screen.

    Please, please take this to heart. It is a terrible temptation to use the technology to present things that a theatre viewer cannot see. However, this frequently ruins the presentation. It is a universal failing – we have the same complaint with broadcasts of Live from the Met and NT Live. You can and should do better.

  19. Jane Croft responded on 2 April 2013 at 9:31am Reply

    A magical, wonderland evening! We felt we were sitting in the best seats at the Royal Opera House!
    Amazing production with such clever, ingenious and colourful designs together with dancing of the highest standard and beautiful music made the whole production really outstanding. Our grins were greater than the Cheshire Cat's as we made our way home!

  20. toni leighton responded on 2 April 2013 at 1:35pm Reply

    Have just witnessed an Encore performance of Alice (ie a recorded showing of the live performance last Thursday).. The Ballet itself was stunning, wonderful artistes, wonderful choreography, outstanding music score, pure delight. HOWEVER, the actual recording was a disaster. Everyone looked t0 feet tall, there were wavy lines distoring the picture.

    These 'ENCORE@ performances are a wonderful idea, enabling people unable to get tickets for the :LIVE version to share the delight. These performances are well supported in Worthing (where I saw the performance) but there were many complaints amonsgst the audienceabout the quality of the recording.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 2 April 2013 at 6:14pm

      Thanks for your comments Toni. It sounds like the wavy lines you refer to were a problem in the cinema, but I will pass details on to the cinema team.

  21. S Jones responded on 3 April 2013 at 11:49am Reply

    Your Alice really was magical, but please take note of the comments made above by Frederick Gasoi. When we are looking at one dancer we need to be able to see the whole figure (think of Fred Astaire), and when we are looking at more than one dancer we need to be able to see the entire pattern made by the group on the stage, as designed by the choreographer. And please don't put spoilers in the adverts we are shown just before the performance starts! The fabulous Cheshire cat would have made even more of an initial impact if I hadn't already glimpsed him in a trailer.

  22. Peter C S Allfrey responded on 3 April 2013 at 3:42pm Reply

    We watched in Melksham and loved it. Particularly the Queen, who was outstanding. Is there a way we can be told of other transmissions of opera or ballet in Wiltshire?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 3 April 2013 at 4:43pm

      Hi Peter,

      Glad you enjoyed it (especially Zenaida Yanowsky's performance as the Queen of hearts!)

      You can see details of upcoming screenings at

      Do keep checking back regularly, as venues are added all the time.


      Digital Content Producer

  23. Katherine responded on 7 April 2013 at 5:59pm Reply

    Totally captivating with a great cast, superb costumes and a magical set. Congratulations to ALL!!

  24. great performance :D :P

  25. Monica responded on 22 April 2013 at 6:47pm Reply

    Just saw it yesterday on the big screen in Canada. AMAZING production. In the caption under the photo on this page you call the Queen of Hearts the "Red Queen" -- they are NOT the same character (nor even from the same book) by the way.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 23 April 2013 at 9:58am

      Thanks for bringing to our attention, Monica. We'll amend. Glad you enjoyed the production.

      Digital Content Producer

  26. Dariusz responded on 2 January 2014 at 2:43am Reply

    Wonderful, I had a great time!

  27. Eliza responded on 15 March 2014 at 6:25pm Reply

    Thank you for the amazing spectacle at little cinema in East-Finland 15.3.2014!

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