By John Roberts
Frank Wildhorn’s musical adaptation of Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass will receive a European Premiere with a UK and Ireland Tour. Wonderland will start its magical Journey at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Friday, 20January 2017.
The musical (which should not be confused with the recent Wonder.Land as part of the Manchester International Festival and National Theatre production) is billed as a “Touching story of love. An adventurous exploration of who we are, who we want to be and the power of everyday magic in our lives”.
Frank Wildhorn is best known for the musicals Jekyll and Hyde and most recently Bonnie and Clyde but he is also the man behind many classic pop songs including Whitney Houston’s Where Do Broken Hearts Go.
The first half of the UK Tour will take in the Edinburgh Playhouse (20 – 18 Jan), Sunderland Empire (20 Jan – 4 Feb), Birmingham New Alexandra (6 – 11 Feb), Southend Cliffs Pavilion (13 – 18 Feb), Oxford New Theatre (20 – 25 Feb), Grimsby Auditorium (27 Feb – 4 March), York Opera House (6 – 11 March), Bromley Churchill Theatre (13 – 18 March), Derry Millennium Forum (21 – 25 March), Belfast Grand Opera House (27 Mar – 1 Apr), Woking New Victoria (3 – 8 Apr), Blackpool Opera House (10 – 15 Apr), Southampton Mayflower(18 – 22 Apr) and Manchester Palace (24 – 29 Apr), with the second half of the tour to be announced in May.
The production is produced by Neil Eckersley. Wonderland has by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd with a brand new UK Adaptation by Ava Eldred. Wonderland will be directed by Lotte Wakeham (Associate Director of Matilda, West End and Broadway), with musical supervision by Jason Howland (Beautiful, West End and Broadway), choreography by Lucie Pankhurst (Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse), design by Georgia Lowe (Pomona for the Orange Tree, National Theatre and Royal Exchange) and lighting design by Tony Award nominee Nick Richings (current UK tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert &The Rocky Horror Show).
Casting for the production is yet to be announced.