Rapid Fire International and M2 Productions present the Australian production of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland. The show enjoyed highly successful seasons in Brisbane, New York and Los Angeles, and will play at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre for three performances on Wednesday, January 10 at 11am, 2pm and 7.30pm.
Some 20 characters are brought to life on stage by actors and puppeteers in a play that takes audiences down the rabbit hole with Alice to her adventures in Wonderland – tumbling with the Tweedle Twins, chasing the White Rabbit, booing the boisterous Queen of Hearts and taking tea with the Hatter at the maddest tea party of all.
Directed by Australian, Penny Farrow, the production features an international creative team with set designs by Zachary Lieberman (Los Angeles), graphic designer Yi Ling (Singapore) and Emmy Award winning costume designer Diana Ed.
Australian producer Ethan Walker says: “Alice in Wonderland is extremely universal and speaks to people of all ages.
“In this production, The Mad Hatter is performed by a female actor and the Queen of Hearts by a male actor.”
“We began this production at the Brisbane Powerhouse in early 2016, ahead of a Queensland tour. We then took the show to Los Angeles in February and wound up being the highest-grossing show at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood for the past five years.
“The next stop was to the 1200-seat Patchogue Theatre in Long Island, New York where we enjoyed a sold-out run.
“The biggest obstacle for us was to create a Broadway calibre production with an affordable ticket price for families.
“You can’t begin to imagine the expense, time and labour that go into creating the world of ‘Wonderland’ for a live audience.
“We have attention to detail in everything from our lavish costumes to our stunningly beautiful stage sets.”
Performance Details: Wednesday, January 10 at 11am, 2pm,. 7.30pm
Venue: Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne
Ticket prices: From $34.90 to $54.90
Bookings: www.ticketek.com.au or 9650 1500.
– Cheryl Threadgold
• Pictured: Madison Dylan (Alice) and Karen Crone (Mad Hatter) in Alice in Wonderland.