The world premiere of a funked-up remix of Lewis Carroll’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, adapted by Stockroom, opens this summer.
A riotous musical adventure for all the family, Alice in Wonderland features original new music inspired by the best of British pop, by Olivier Award winner Vikki Stone. The show will open at the Liverpool Playhouse on 4 July 2023 before transferring to Theatre Royal Plymouth from 1–5 August.
Produced in association with Stockroom and Theatre Royal Plymouth, the show stars multi-talented actor-musicians including Olivier, Critics Circle and WhatsOnStage.com award winner Leanne Jones as The Queen of Charts, and Merseyside actor Paislie Reid, (CITV’s The Worst Witch and most recently seen in Red Riding Hood at the Liverpool Everyman), who takes the title role.
Joining them are Daniel Carter-Hope, Natasha Lewis, Jerome Lincoln, Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos, Tomi Ogbaro, John Pfumojena and Steve Simmonds.
When tech-savvy teen Alice tries to repair her dear Dad’s much-loved old stereo, a slip of the screwdriver hurtles her into a strange new world. As the tape unravels, she meets a host of unlikely new friends and meets her musical match against the infamous Queen of Charts.
Suba Das, Creative Director for Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, is excited to be remixing the familiar story for a new generation:
“In the run up to Liverpool hosting the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be making this new poptastic musical for families this summer.”
Martin Derbyshire, Executive Producer and CEO of Stockroom, who wrote the Book for the musical, said:
“Audiences want a good night out at the theatre right now and our desire was to create a fun-filled musical adventure that takes an unusual twist on a story loved by so many. We’re excited to be opening the show with our friends in Liverpool before heading to Plymouth in August.”
James Mackenzie-Blackman, CEO and Executive Producer at Theatre Royal Plymouth said: “We are thrilled to be co-producing this retelling of a beloved story with Suba and the team at the Liverpool Playhouse. We have a fantastic cast and creative team and are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Plymouth.”
Alice in Wonderland is directed by Kate Wasserberg, former Artistic Director at Stockroom and newly appointed to lead Theatr Clwyd. Set and Costume Design is by Mark Bailey (The Glee Club for Stockroom and The Provoked Wife for the RSC), with Musical Direction by Bob Broad (The Addams Family and We Will Rock You on UK Tour), Movement by Lucy Cullingford (Top Girls and Red Riding Hood at Liverpool Everyman) and Lighting Design by Simeon Miller (Metamorphoses at Shakespeare’s Globe and Notes on Grief at Manchester International Festival).
Head down the rabbit hole, through the looking glass and into a Wonderland like you’ve never seen before! Alice in Wonderland runs from Tuesday 1 to Saturday 5 August.
There are a range of accessible performances and tickets are currently on sale via the TRP website.