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Venue

Palace Theatre
Oxford St Manchester M1 6FT

wonder.land

a new musical

Created by
Damon Albarn, Moira Buffini and Rufus Norris

Music by Damon Albarn
Book and Lyrics by Moira Buffini


wonder.land is a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic Alice in Wonderland, with music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe, Handbagged). Directed by the National Theatre’s Director, Rufus Norris.

Welcome to wonder.land, where you can be exactly who you want to be.

Aly, 12, loves this extraordinary virtual world. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, wonder.land lets her escape from her parents, from teachers, from herself.

Online, Aly becomes Alice: brave, beautiful and in control. But some of the people she meets — the weird Dum and Dee, the creepy Cheshire Cat, the terrifying Red Queen — seem strangely familiar.

As hard as Aly tries to keep them apart, real life and wonder.land begin to collide in ever more curious and dangerous ways.

wonder.land is designed by Rae Smith, with projections by 59 Productions and lighting by Paule Constable, the design team behind War Horse.

Set Designer Rae Smith
Projections 59 Productions
Costume Designer Katrina Lindsay
Lighting Designer Paule Constable
Sound Designer Paul Arditti
Choreographer Javier De Frutos
Music Supervisor David Shrubsole
Associate Director James Bonas

The cast includes Sam Archer, Lois Chimimba, Rob Compton, Rosalie Craig, Ivan De Freitas, Luke Fetherston, Hal Fowler, Anna Francolini, Lorraine Graham, Paul Hilton, Karina Hind, Holly James, Sam Mackay, Daisy Maywood, Enyi Okoronkwo, David Page, Golda Rosheuvel, Cydney Uffindell-Phillips and Witney White. 

Music Director / Keyboard Tom Deering
Accordion / Keys 2 Ian Watson
Upright Bass / Tuba Richie Hart
Percussion Anothony McVey
Violin / Guitar / Mandolin / Banjo / Ukulele Sarah Freestone
Trombone / Euphonium Liam Kirkman
Woodwind 1 - Flute / Piccolo / Alto Sax / Clarinet Andy Findon
Woodwind 2 - Clarinet / Bass Clarinet / Soprano, Bariton & Tenor Sax Christian Forshaw

wonder.land will visit the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre in November 2015 and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2016.


10+ recommended

Running time: 2 hrs 20 mins (including interval)


A Manchester International Festival/National Theatre co-production.
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, National Theatre and the Théâtre du Châtelet.

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