Iris Theatre to stage Richard III and Alice in Covent Garden

Richard III

Covent Garden-based Iris Theatre is going back down the rabbit hole this summer for another visit with Alice.

The company’s sixth season will feature two very different productions –Richard III and Alice Through The Looking Glass.

Iris Theatre’s promenade productions are a delight for theatregoers and will bring Shakespeare and family entertainment back to the gardens of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.

The Bard’s political thriller Richard III will open on June 25 and run until July 25.

Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the Looking Glass will open on July 30 and run to August 30.

Iris artistic director Daniel Winder said: “With the recent discovery of Richard III’s skeleton under the tarmac of a Leicester car park, the story of Richard has never been more prominent in the public imagination.

“It is a perfect time to present Shakespeare’s Richard III; one of his most beguiling and magnetic Kings.

“In our open-air production, England’s War of the Roses will be brought to one of London’s busiest public spaces, and our audiences will be drawn deep into the heart of this dark and dangerous conspiracy.”

In complete contrast, the company’s new family show, Alice Through The Looking Glass, will enter the magical world of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland in a production packed full of music and song.

Stepping through the surface of a magic mirror the audience will join Alice on a journey across a checkerboard world filled with fantastical creatures and talking flowers, encountering friends, old and new including the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, the Lion and the Unicorn, and Tweedledum & Tweedledee.

But Alice also has to face the fearsome Jabberwocky… Alice Through The Looking Glass has been adapted by the writing team of Daniel Winder and Candida Calidcot, who also created 2013’s smash hit Alice in Wonderland.

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