Wonder.land, a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, created by Damon Albarn, Moira Buffini and Rufus Norris, with music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, is directed by Rufus Norris, opening in the Olivier Theatre on 10th December, 2015.
The production has set designs by Rae Smith, with projections by 59 Productions, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Arditti and choreography by Javier De Frutos; the music consultant is David Shrubsole, the music supervisor is Tom Deering, the associate director is James Bonas, the associate set designer is Tom Paris and associate choreographer, Cydney Uffindell-Phillips. The cast is 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. A co-production with Manchester International Festival, wonder.land will visit the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in June 2016.
wonder.land is a coming-of-age adventure that explores the blurred boundaries between our online and offline lives.
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. His first full-length opera composition, Monkey: Journey to the West, created in collaboration with Jamie Hewlett and Chen Shi Zheng, premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2007. His second opera Dr Dee, co-created with Rufus Norris, premiered at MIF in 2011. Albarn has written music for film soundtracks to 101 Reykjavik, Ravenous and Broken. Releases outside of Blur and Gorillaz also include: Mali Music, The Good The Bad and The Queen, Rocket Juice & The Moon, Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes and his Mercury-nominated debut solo album Everyday Robots. Blur released their new album, The Magic Whip, earlier this year.
Moira Buffini’s plays include Welcome to Thebes and Dinner for the National Theatre and A Vampire Story for NT Connections; Handbagged for the Tricycle Theatre/Vaudeville (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Dying For It (adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide) and Marianne Dreams (adapted from Catherine Storr’s book) for the Almeida Theatre; Loveplay for the RSC; and Silence for Birmingham Rep (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize). Her screenplays include Tamara Drewe, Jane Eyre and Byzantium. She recently directed her first short film, Father. Rufus Norris became Director of the National Theatre in April; his NT productions are Everyman, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Amen Corner, Table, London Road, Death and the King’s Horseman and Market Boy. His other work includes Feast, Vernon God Little and Tintin for the Young Vic; the Olivier Award-winning Cabaret in the West End and on tour; Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway; Festen at the Almeida, West End and New York; and Doctor Dee at the Manchester Festival in 2011 and ENO in 2012. Screen work includes Broken, which won the British Independent Film Award for Best Film, and the film of London Road which was released last month.
wonder.land is commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the National Theatre and the Théâtre du Châtelet. wonder.land is supported by Vodafone. The production’s official make-up partner is M.A.C Cosmetics. The official flight partner is Virgin Atlantic.
The production is generously supported by Areté Foundation / Ed & Betsy Cohen, Beth & Gary Glynn, a legacy gift from the Estate of Storm Kelly, Leila Maw Straus and Mahdi Yahya.
Press night: Thursday 10 December, 2015
Age Restrictions: Reccomended for ages 10+
Booking From: 27th Nov 2015
Booking Until: 28th Feb 2016
Important Info: Latecomers may be asked to wait in foyer until a suitable break in the performance