An Inventive Retelling Of Alice In Wonderland This Festive Season

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Follow the White Rabbit into the Cockpit Theatre this Christmas and be welcomed back to Wonderland! Everything is as Alice remembered… or is it?

Let Shakespeare North whisk you away to Wonderland with this marvellously whimsical festive retelling of the cherished classic you know and love, Alice in Wonderland.

Alice has always told her children stories of her adventures in a faraway world, not that they believe her! Even Alice has begun to doubt whether she’d really lived that daydream. Until, one Christmas Eve, caught up in the chaos of last-minute shopping, a flash of white fur lures Alice back into an all too familiar story…

Wonderland has fallen into the terrible rule of The Duchess, the cold-hard successor to the Queen of Hearts. Memory wiping jam tarts and informant eggs control the kingdom and make everyone miserable. Once again, Alice’s old friends, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat need her help to restore freedom to Wonderland!

Alice, however, is more bothered about getting back to her family in time for Christmas…

Shakespeare North Playhouse  are pleased to announce the creative team and title role casting for Alice in Wonderland, playing this festive season, opening Friday 22 November until Saturday 5 January, with a national press night on Tuesday 26 November.

This inventive retelling, written by Nick Lane, will have a Prescot setting and a sprinkle of Christmas and will be directed by Nathan Powell – recently announced as the new Creative Director of Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. Helen Carter (currently starring in the Boys from the Black Stuff in the West End) will play ‘Alice’. Full casting will be announced shortly.

Shakespeare North Playhouse Creative Director Laura Collier said, “We are thrilled to collaborate once again with writer Nick Lane, who captivated our audiences with his version of A Christmas Carol in 2022. The beloved and whimsical world of Wonderland will receive Nick’s unique twist. Coupled with wonderful direction from Nathan Powell we can’t wait to see what lies beyond the rabbit hole in our version of Alice in Wonderland.”

Alice in Wonderland will be directed by Nathan Powell, with set and costume design by Sascha Gilmour, original composition and lyrics by Simon Slater, lighting design by KJ, sound design by Ernest Acquah, and with Claire Bleasdale as casting director.

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