Christmas is a magical time, and what’s more magical than a trip to the ballet and a couple of hours of complete escapism. This year there will be live screenings of the captivating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in cinemas across the country on Tuesday 16th December. If you can’t make it to London and the Royal Opera House, why not take a trip down the rabbit hole to your local cinema..
Exuding a girlish charm, Alice is joined by a host of familiar characters including the gardeners’ boy, Federico Bonelli, who later becomes her Knaves of Hearts with a blissful pas de deux, the ferocious Queen of Hearts, the jittery White Rabbit and the quirky tap-dancing Mad Hatter.
The familiar story is reimagined with quirky designs by Bob Crowley as we follow Alice into Wonderland across a lake of tears, playing croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs and attending a deranged tea party. Drawing upon a wealth of theatrical effects, projection and puppetry are used to visualise the grinning Cheshire Cat and sinuous Caterpillar with his 16 legs of ballet dancers en pointe creating a mesmerising world of enchantment.
A feast for the senses Wheeldon’s spectacular ballet brings to life Lewis Carroll’s famous story with a menagerie of colours, characters and compelling choreography whilst Joby Talbot’s lively score provides the perfect accompaniment to the ballet with sparkling idiosyncrasy.
This Christmas the magic of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can also be experienced away from the silver screen with a specially created afternoon tea. The ‘Alice Tea’ is the vision of ‘pastry queen’ Claire Clark, who spent over five years at The French Laundry, and will be served in the glass-vaulted Paul Hamlyn Hall in Covent Garden, a perfect treat after a day’s Christmas shopping in London.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was the first full ballet created for the Company since 1995 and premiered in 2011 with sold-out world performances. The live screening on Tuesday 16 December will be followed by a repeat screening on Sunday 28 December.
For more information and to buy tickets please visit www.roh.org.uk/cinema
*we have been very kindly gifted press tickets for the screening