‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ returns to The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. Photo by Kate Longley.
The Australian Ballet in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. Photo by Kate Longley.

The Australian Ballet’s must-see production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland© returns to take audiences back down the rabbit hole in 2024.

Tickets are now on sale for the adored family favourite, which will be staged for a special season at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from 20 February to 5 March, before heading to Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre from 15 to 26 March.

Back by popular demand, the fantastical tale opens The Australian Ballet’s 2024 season at the Capitol Theatre, returning to the historical stage for the first time since 2019.

It also marks The Australian Ballet’s final production at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre before it closes for renovation until 2027.

Last performed in 2019, this sell-out hit is the biggest production undertaken by The Australian Ballet. More than 350 costumes, 27 sets changes, a tap-dancing mad hatter, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat manipulated by puppeteers, a slinky Caterpillar with 16 feet in bejewelled pointe shoes and dancing playing cards are set to captivate ballet goers.

Artistic Director David Hallberg says, “This ballet is a modern-day classic. From a Swarovski-covered caterpillar en pointe, flowers dancing in the aisles, comically terrifying cooks, to adorable hedgehogs, it has proved itself to be a favourite of audiences and dancers alike.”

With all the action on stage enhanced by the most impressive optical illusions and immersive digital projections, the audience will feel as if they are falling down the rabbit hole with Alice into Wonderland.

Created for The Royal Ballet in 2011, this production has enraptured audiences around the world. Wheeldon’s ballet is full of all the wit and charm of the original story by Lewis Carroll, as it follows Alice into a topsy-turvy world where nothing is quite as it seems.

Vibrant sets and costumes by the Tony Award-winning designer Bob Crowley create a vision of Wonderland through puppetry, optical illusion, immersive digital projections, intricately detailed costumes and wild wigs.

The cinematic score by Joby Talbot combines ballet melodies with theatrical flourishes like ticking clocks and the purring of the Cheshire Cat, and weaves around the action onstage as if springing from the mind of Alice herself.

The Australian Ballet’s production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland© won the Helpmann Award for Best Ballet in 2018, and was nominated in five other categories, including Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design, and Best Male and Female Dancer.

With its action-packed storyline, dancing in the aisles and petals falling from the roof, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland© is a theatre experience not to be missed.

The Australian Ballet will present Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from 20 February – 5 March at The Capitol Theatre in Sydney, and from 15 – 26 March at Arts Centre Melbourne. For tickets, visit australianballet.com.au/performances/alices-adventures-in-wonderland.

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