To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, critically-acclaimed theatre company Les Enfants Terribles (The Vaudevillains; The Trench) take Wonderland to the Vaults under the streets of Waterloo Station.
Alice’s Adventures Underground is an adaptation by Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo.
Producer Emma Brünjes (Meow Meow: Wonderground; Secret Cinema: Miller’s Crossing) joins the team to bring this ambitious theatrical experience to life on a grand scale.
Leading agency Creature of London are also on board as creative collaborators.
Open for a limited season from early April, and staged in the atmospheric Vaults, in Leake Street, Alice’s Adventures Underground will create Wonderland as a fully formed world that blends storytelling, live music, puppetry, circus and spectacle.
Invited down the rabbit hole in intimate groups of 52, each audience member will be presented with a choice of Eat Me or Drink Me, which will affect the way their show will unfold.
Three years in the planning, and with a cast of more than 30, the show will also feature over 20 individual rooms; a tea table of gigantic proportions, fit for a party of 60; three bars, including a VIP bar for premium ticket holders, and an original soundtrack.
There will also be projections and potions, a dizzying rabbit hole, a hazy Caterpillar lair, Cheshire cats, a terrifying Red Queen, a mysteriously absent Alice and enough tea to make anyone go mad.
After the show, audiences are encouraged to remain in the ‘Queen’s Garden’ bar until the small hours, with a full menu of food and drink available.
The bar will form a lively part of the Wonderland world, with its own cast and installations, including a hedge maze and flamingo croquet.
To complement the show, and celebrate the massive influence of Lewis Carroll’s iconic book, Alice’s Adventures Underground will host The Wonderland Sessions, a multi-art exploration of the work and performances inspired by the original book.
Each week performances will range from readings and screenings to dance pieces and live music. The full line-up will be announced in early 2015.
Oliver Lansley, founder and artistic director of Les Enfants Terribles, said: “What stands out to me when reading Alice is the desire to experience Wonderland for yourself – this is what our show offers.
“This Wonderland will deliver a truly otherworldly adventure that is unique to every audience member, combining complete sensory immersion with the visual storytelling and stage-craft that remain at the heart of Les Enfants Terribles.”
Producer Emma Brünjes added: “Les Enfants Terribles are the perfect company to bring Wonderland to life.
“We are inspired by the current trends in immersive theatre, but want to take this opportunity to explore new ways to blend immersion with storytelling.
“Fusing a strong narrative with a rich, detailed world will ensure our audience truly experience Alice’s journey for themselves.”
Alice’s Adventures Underground:
Previews April 9–15, performances April 16–May 31 (Tuesday – Sunday).
The show is suitable for 11+. Running time is 90 minutes.