We’re just on our way home from the opening night of Wonderland at The Theatre Royal Brighton.
The show features Coronation Street star Wendi Peters as The Queen of Hearts, West End & Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis as Alice and musical theatre legend Dave Willets as The White Rabbit.
When Fizz was just a few months old I took her to see her first films. One of which was Alice In Wonderland. It was only right that I took her as my guest for the press showing of the musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
The show is a modern day version of Alice which tells of love and the power of everyday magic in our lives featuring Alice as a single mum trying g to make sense of the modern day world after her marriage has broken up.
Fizz loved this adaptation. I encouraged her to asked lots of question before the show started including ‘so the songs tells the story then?’ which was my favourite lol moment of hers this week!
The songs were amazing – a mix of ballad, Musical theatre and pop. The story didn’t always keep Fizzs attention (mainly because the theatre got very hot during the first half) but she clapped furiously at the end of each song.
By far the stand out performer for me was The Mad Hatter played by Natalie McQueen. She played just the right amount of quirk and we both loved her ‘she’s just bonkers’ Fizz exclaimed!
For her experience of musical theatre this was an amazing one to take her to. A terribly tall tale done terrifically by an amazing cast.
More about the show:
Produced by Neil Eckersley, Wonderland has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd and UK adaptation by Robert Hudson. It is directed by Lotte Wakeham (Associate Director of Matilda, West End & Broadway), with musical supervision by Jason Howland (Beautiful, West End & Broadway), choreography by Lucie Pankhurst (Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse), set design by Andrew Riley (Songs for a New World at the St James and Flight at Opera Holland Park), costume design by Grace Smart (2015 Linbury Prize winner), lighting design by Tony Award nominee Nick Richings (current UK tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert & The Rocky Horror Show) and sound design by Chris Whybrow (Thriller Live and American Idiot).
You can find tickets at www.atgtickets.com/brighton or buy them from the Box Office and start from £21.40. The show runs until the 4th June and is suitable for children 6 and over.