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Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

REVIEW: Royal Opera House ballet ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ – ‘breathtaking’

The first story ballet commissioned by the Royal Ballet since 1995 is surely a massive, beautiful and intense funny ride down the rabbit hole.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a breathtaking adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. The production features so many remarkable components: a score by Joby Talbot, Bob Crowley amazing set designs and costumes – all wrapped together with choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.

Sarah Lamb as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland photo

Sarah Lamb as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland photo Johan Persson/ROH courtesy of Fathom

Viewed at the Fathom Event, the camera shots enhanced the production, giving viewers close-ups and capturing the emotions of the players.

The story features a tap-dancing Mad Hatter (Steven McRae), an erotic Caterpillar display (Eric Underwood) and the elusive Chesire Cat is brought to life with puppeteers assembling and dissembling the trouble making feline to create his appearing and disappearing acts.

Sarah Lamb is charming as the young Alice, but it’s Zenaida Yanowsky who steals the show.

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland photo Johan Persson/ROH courtesy of Fathom

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland photo Johan Persson/ROH courtesy of Fathom

Yanowsky, rolling around stage in a huge wooden heart-shaped “dress,” comically parodies the Rose Adagio from Sleeping Beauty, accepting tarts, rather than roses, from her inept flunkies.

While some in the audience could do without the behind-the-scenes looks, others may find it interesting. I personally didn’t care for the interruptions and a twenty minute intermission from Fathom’s presentation was double the more acceptable break.

The Royal Ballet never ceases to amaze and any fan of ballet or opera would certainly appreciate this grand feature which managed to even make flamingos come alive to bat adorable youths as the hedgehogs during a croquet match.

Highly Recommended.

Check out other events from Fathom HERE

More information on the Alice production, read it here

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