Alice's Adventures Under Ground © ROH 2019/20 Season

Alice's Adventures Under Ground

39 February 2020
The performance lasts about 55 minutes; there is no interval.
Main Stage
Opera and music

Fun, furious, frantic, and utterly fantastic! The surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, both in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, is given an extra twist in Gerald Barry’s operatic treatment. At less than an hour for the whole opera, this short, sharp shot of mayhem is ideal as a family treat. Antony McDonald (of 2018/19’s Hansel and Gretel) directs and designs this new production – the first ever staging of this musically virtuoso opera – with more than a touch of the Victorian toy theatre. The Red Queen, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter: meet a kaleidoscope of colourful characters in this joyful, headlong rush into a world gone deliciously mad.

“The genius of Barry’s “Alice” is how he keeps you completely surprised, amused, bemused, amazed yet also moved without you knowing why”.

(Reviews for the concert staging of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground at the Barbican in 2016)

Approximate running times
Duration: 55 minutes
Sung in English and other languages, with English surtitles

Generous philanthropic support from

Mr Stefan Sten Olsson and Mr John Tierney, Hamish and Sophie Forsyth, Charles Holloway, Gonzalo and Maria Garcia and the Contemporary Music Circle.

Generous support of the Schools Matinee performance on Monday 3 February from

the Taylor Family Foundation and The Gerald and Gail Ronson Family Foundation.



CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicGerald Barry

DirectorAntony McDonald

DesignerAntony McDonald

Lighting designerFabiana Piccioli

Movement directorLucy Burge

Associate video designerAlexander Gunnarsson


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.