National Theatre goes online with wonder.land

wonder.land (MIF production). Images  Brinkhoff Mögenburg
wonder.land (MIF production). Images Brinkhoff Mögenburg

wonder.land, Damon Albarn, Moira Buffini’s new musical that’s inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, comes to the National Theatre next month.

A co-production with Manchester International Festival, it opens in the Olivier Theatre on December 10 before visiting the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris next June.

wonder.land is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives.

wonder.land Jpeg 6. Lois Chimimba (Aly), Paul Hilton (Matt) and Enyi Okoronkwo (Luke)_credit Brinkhoff_Mögenburg

Aly is struggling with all the pressures of being a teenager: family, school, friends and her own insecurities. Then she discovers wonder.land – a mysterious online world where, perhaps, she can create a whole new life.

The web becomes her looking-glass – but will Aly see who she really is?

Combining live theatre and digital technology in dazzling new ways, wonder.land is brought to life on stage by an extraordinary creative team.

With stunning sets, costumes, video projection and lighting, and a score by Blur’s Damon Albarn, this is a musical like no other:
an Alice for the online generation.

Damon Albarn is a Grammy and Brit Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and composer while Moira Buffini’s plays include Welcome to Thebes and Dinner (National Theatre); Handbagged (Tricycle Theatre/Vaudeville); Loveplay (the RSC) and Silence (Birmingham Rep).

Cast: Simon Anthony, Sam Archer, Carly Bawden, Lois Chimimba, Leon Cooke, Nadine Cox, Ivan De Freitas, Hal Fowler, Anna Francolini, Adrian Grove, Paul Hilton, Joshua Lacey, Dylan Mason, Daisy Maywood, Enyi Okoronkwo, Lisa Ritchie, Stephanie Rojas, Abigail Rose, Golda Rosheuvel, Cydney Uffindell-Phillips, Ed Wade and Witney White.

wonder.land, directed by Rufus Norris, runs in rep in the Olivier Theatre from December 10, with previews from November 23, until April 30.

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