Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Screening)
Adventure down the rabbit hole with Alice as she encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognisable characters, from the highly-strung Queen of Hearts—who performs a hilarious parody of The Sleeping Beauty’s famous ‘Rose Adage’—to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. This ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the wild tea party are all here in vivid detail. The performance shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting entertainment.
Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first performed in 2011 and this performance was filmed in 2017. The ballet is an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundscapes with sweeping melodies that give a nod to the classical 19th-century story ballets. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.
This performance features Royal Ballet Principal dancers Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice, Federico Bonelli as Jack/The Knave of Hearts and Steven McRae as the Magician/The Mad Hatter, and former Royal Ballet Principals Edward Watson as Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit and Zenaida Yanowsky as the Queen of Hearts.
Alice: Lauren Cuthbertson
Jack/The Knave of Hearts: Federico Bonelli
Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit: Edward Watson
Magician/The Mad Hatter: Steven McRae
The Queen of Hearts: Zenaida Yanowsky