Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder.
With Kerry Ellis as Alice
And the rest of the cast as follows -
Wendi Peters - Queen of hearts
David Willetts -white rabbit
Stephen Webb -Jack
Natalie McQueen -Mad Hatter
Dominic Owen - Cheshire Cat
Ben Kerr - March Hare
Naomi Morris - Ellie Alice, daughter
Looking at these actors and actresses background they come from some major west end shows, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Le miserable to name a few.
So you can see why I was so excited to see Wonderland. Disney has a way of taking you into a magical world; and with all the remakes like through the looking glass,
With Johnny Depp playing the Mad Hatter
( yet to see this! But it is on the list)
So figuring out how this adaptation of Wonderland is brought into the twenty-first century. Alice is in from what seems to be an abusive and controlling relationship, is very far from what we see as Alice in Wonderland young happy, carefree blonde haired girl, now living in a block of flats on an estate where inevitably the lift never works!
She is also a mum to Ellie a Bright, friendly young girl, played by Naomi Morris.
Who wants anything but her mum to wake up from this depression haze she is in, But what-will-be will be!
Will she keep looking back or go forward into a world of wonder?
Ellie takes the lead on getting mum To take some action on changing their lives.
The heart rending performance of reaching out of the past and finally look into the future for your child brought a tear to my eye
Massively impressed with the ensemble, the choreography was excellent and had some funny points.
The highs, lows and Madness were added were, the Mad Hatter usually portrayed as a male, in this production was female, again not original formation. Unsure about how I would feel but the Amazing vocals blew me away and she is right, there is always time for tea.
I would give this show a massive 5 stars