Rapid Fire International and M2 Productions presents the Australian production of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland, which has enjoyed highly successful seasons in Brisbane, New York and Los Angeles, at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre, before heading to Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney.
A lively cast of actors and puppeteers bring twenty characters to life on stage in a play that takes audiences down the rabbit hole with Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, to her adventures in Wonderland – tumbling with the Tweedle Twins, chasing the White Rabbit, booing the boisterous Queen of Hearts and taking tea with the Hatter at Maddest tea party of all.
Written and directed by Australian Penny Farrow, and starring Georgina Walker as Alice, the production features an international creative team with set designs by Zachary Lieberman (Los Angeles), graphic designer Yi Ling (Singapore) and Emmy Award winning costume designer Diana Ed.
“Alice in Wonderland is extremely universal and speaks to people of all ages,” says Australian producer Ethan Walker. “The original book has been translated into 174 languages and most people who haven’t read the book definitely know the characters and can reference them. In our production The Mad Hatter is performed by a female actor and the Queen of Hearts by a male actor.”
“We began this production at the Brisbane Powerhouse in early 2016, ahead of a Queensland tour. We then took the show to Los Angeles in February 2017 and we wound up being the highest-grossing show at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood for the last five years. The next stop was to the 1,200 seat Patchogue Theatre in Long Island, New York where we enjoyed a sold-out run.”
“The biggest obstacle for us was to create a Broadway calibre production with an affordable ticket price for families. You can’t begin to imagine the expense, time and labour that go into creating the world of ‘Wonderland’ for a live audience. We have attention to detail in everything from our lavish costumes to our stunningly beautiful stage sets.”
Alice in Wonderland
The Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne
Performances: 9 – 10 January 2018
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote Street, Adelaide
Performance: 12 January 2018 (11.00am, 2.00 & 7.00pm)
Canberra Theatre Centre, London Circuit, Canberra
Performances: 14 January 2018 (1.00 & 4.00pm
State Theatre, 49 Market Street, Sydney
Performances: 18 – 19 April 2018
Image: The Cast of Alice in Wonderland (supplied)