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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Notes from the World Premiere

by Emilia & Linda on March 5, 2011

We had promised you more Alice-related backstage goodies and here we are. While our guest tweeting of #AliceinTwitterland continues to make waves, we also wrote a full gala report that was published in the ROH blog earlier this week.

In addition, we have below exclusive video snippets from our chat with Royal Ballet principals Edward Watson, Steven McRae and Sergei Polunin where they share their thoughts and expectations about Christopher Wheeldon’s exciting new work for the Royal Ballet:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland starts with Alice’s mother hosting a tea party in her garden. One by one her guests arrive: Lewis Carroll, a magician, a Rajah, the Duchess. Each will later return as the absurd characters from Alice’s Wonderland. Steven McRae, who plays the “crazy” tapping Mad Hatter, tells us he’s “feeling excited and can’t wait to hear how the audience reacts.” He hopes the ballet gets “all the recognition it deserves”.

Steven McRae before his first performance as the Mad Hatter in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo: The Ballet Bag ©

Edward Watson is getting ready for “lots of costume changes”. He’s Lewis Carroll to start with and as the garden party unfolds he gradually morphs into the time-obsessed White Rabbit. We are promised lots of “fast solos”.

Ed Watson getting ready to appear as Lewis Carroll / White Rabbit in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo: The Ballet Bag ©

Ryoichi Hirano is looking forward to wearing his “huge wig” as a rooster in the Caucus Race. “On stage tonight it’s going to be so good, with lots of laughs”. He thinks Joby Talbot’s music “is absolutely fantastic”.

Ryoichi Hirano relaxing ahead of the premiere. Photo: The Ballet Bag ©

17:50 - We look in vain for leading lady Lauren Cuthbertson (Alice) but on our way out we bump into her character’s love interest, the Knave of Hearts. For Sergei Polunin a new ballet is “a lot of pressure but it’s so special having a role created on you”; as for dancing with Lauren “it’s just absolute joy and a lot of fun”.


Christopher Wheeldon, composer Joby Talbot and the Royal Ballet take a bow at the world premiere of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Photo: The Ballet Bag ©

(…) Read the full post in the Royal Opera House blog

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland continues at the Royal Opera House until 15 March. For more information & booking visit the ROH website.

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{ 8 comments }

José Mauricio Ferraz March 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

Lovely ballet and twitterland! Congratulations to ROH and bagladies

Stephanie March 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Nice to have the video snippets, great coverage!

Chris March 8, 2011 at 8:23 am

does anybody have any video footage of the 4 Boys who played the Hedgehogs at the world premier of Alice? thanks

Emilia March 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

Sorry have not seen them anywhere, but there’s talk of the ballet being shown on TV at some point this year…

lindsay July 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I heard its being released in the uk on dvd sometime in september… do you know if that includes the states??

(@RoyalOperaHouse) (@RoyalOperaHouse) March 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Ahead of the return of Alice tonight, a look back at last year’s premiere with @TheBalletBag http://t.co/A6m4ZOlK #AliceinTwitterland ^C

(@GiselleArtist) (@GiselleArtist) March 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm

RT @RoyalOperaHouse: Ahead of the return of Alice tonight, a look back at last year’s premiere with @TheBalletBag http://t.co/A6m4ZOlK #AliceinTwitterland ^C

Salford Symphony (@salfordsymphony) March 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

RT @RoyalOperaHouse: Ahead of the return of Alice tonight, a look back at last year’s premiere with @TheBalletBag http://t.co/A6m4ZOlK #AliceinTwitterland ^C

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