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Wendi Peters and Dave Willetts star in Wonderland

Wonderland UK TourTV and West End star Wendi Peters, much loved for her acclaimed portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will headline the upcoming 2017 UK tour of Wonderland as Queen of Hearts alongside musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts, who has previously starred in tours of South Pacific, 42nd Street and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as White Rabbit.

West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis, best known for playing Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked, will guest star as Alice in selected venues around her concert commitments. She will appear in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bromley, Woking, Manchester, Wimbledon, Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Stoke and Milton Keynes.

Completing the principal cast are Stephen Webb as Jack / White Knight, Natalie McQueen as Mad Hatter, Kayi Ushe as Caterpillar, Dominic Owen as Cheshire Cat, Ben Kerr as March Hare and Carolyn Maitland as Alternate Alice / Mad Hatter. They are joined by an ensemble comprising Sharif Afifi, Toyan Thomas Browne, Divine Cresswell, Jessica Croll, Francesca Lara Gordon, Benjamin McMillan, Bree Smith, Benjamin Yates and swings Lewis Easter and Collette Guitart.

Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland debuts at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Friday 20th to Saturday 28th January 2017 ahead of an extensive UK tour.

In addition to the previously announced dates, the inaugural UK tour of Wonderland has added Swansea and
Bournemouth to its nationwide schedule, both of which will be on sale soon.

Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. Here a timely and touching story of love in all its forms, it’s an adventurous exploration of who we are, who we want to be and the power of everyday magic in our lives.

In the tradition of the best stage musicals, Wonderland boasts a catchy score full of songs from Frank Wildhorn, writer of pop hits including Whitney Houston’s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’ and theatre classics including ‘This is the Moment’ from his internationally acclaimed show, Jekyll & Hyde.

Wendi Peters has worked extensively on both stage and screen, but it was the iconic role of Cilla in Coronation Street which truly made her a household name. Her appearance led to her being asked on numerous TV programmes such as Celebrity Sewing Bee for Children In Need, Celebrity Mastermind, The F Word with Gordon Ramsay and Celebrity Masterchef, where she reached the finals. Wendi currently plays regular character Cook Jenkins in BBC’s Hetty Feather. Alongside her screen work, Wendi is in much demand as a stage actress with recent credits including Hatched ’n’ Dispatched (Park Theatre), Oh What a Lovely War! (UK Tour) and White Christmas (Dominion Theatre).

Dave Willetts is one of the UK’s foremost musical theatre stars having played numerous leading roles including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (London and Australia), Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (London and Manchester), for which he won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Performance, Old Deuteronomy in Cats (London), the title roles in Jesus Christ Superstar (London and Europe), Sweeney Todd (UK Tour) and Sunday in the Park with George (UK Tour), Max Von Mayerling in Sunset Boulevard (London), and Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street and Professor Callaghan in Legally Blonde (all UK Tours). Dave has also made many international concert appearances, including performances at the concert halls of Monterey, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Munich as well as the Royal Albert Hall. His latest album, Once in a Lifetime, celebrates 25 years in show business.

Kerry Ellis is the leading lady of her generation. Her extensive theatre credits include Grizabella in Cats, Nancy in Oliver!, Fantine in Les Misérables, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Meatloaf in the original cast of We Will Rock You and Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady, as well as Svetlana in Chess in concert at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Josh Groban and Idina Menzel. As well as her theatre career, Kerry performed her own solo tour around the UK culminating in a sell-out performance at the London Palladium and the release of her own self-titled album. She also continues to tour and perform all over the globe with her long time writing and performing partner Queen’s Brian May. The pair are due to release a new album early next year.

Produced by Neil Eckersley, Wonderland has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd with UK adaptation by Ava Eldred. It is directed by Lotte Wakeham (Associate Director of Matilda, West End & Broadway), with musical supervision by Jason Howland (Beautiful, West End & Broadway), choreography by Lucie Pankhurst (Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse), set design by Andrew Riley (Songs for a New World at the St James and Flight at Opera Holland Park), costume design by Grace Smart (2015 Linbury Prize winner) and lighting design by Tony Award nominee Nick Richings (current UK tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert & The Rocky Horror Show).

Neil Eckersley presents
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by Jack Murphy
Book by Jack Murphy & Gregory Boyd
UK adaptation Ava Eldred
Directed by Lotte Wakeham
Musical Supervision by Jason Howland
Choreography by Lucie Pankhurst
Set Design by Andrew Riley
Costume Design by Grace Smart
Lighting Design by Nick Richings

UK TOUR 2017
2 – 6 May 2017
New Wimbledon Theatre *
0844 871 7646

* Kerry Ellis will guest star as Alice in this venue.

For more details & online booking:

Frank Wildhorn – @FrankWildhorn
Neil Eckersley – @NeilEckersley
Lotte Wakeham – @LotteWakeham
Ava Eldred – @Ava_Eldred
Lucie Pankurst – @LuciePankhurst
Andrew Riley – @AndrewRiley1986
Grace Smart – @Grace_Smart
Nick Richings – @NickRichings
Wendi Peters – @WendiPeters
Kerry Ellis – @kerryjaneellis1
Stephen Webb – @stephenwebb1983
Natalie McQueen – @nataliemcqueen
Kayi Ushe – @kayiushe
Dominic Owen – @domedenowen
Ben Kerr – @benkerr90
Carolyn Maitland – @carolynmaitland
Sharif Afifi – @sharifafifi
Toyan Thomas Browne – @tojantb
Divine Cresswell – @divinecresswell
Jessica Croll – @jessicacroll4
Francesca Lara Gordon – @francescalara94
Bree Smith – @bree_gabby
Benjamin McMillan – @benn_xo
Benjamin Yates – @benjaminyates1
Lewis Easter – @lewiseasterUK
Collette Guitart – @colletteguitart

UK TOUR 2017
20 – 28 January
Edinburgh Playhouse

30 Jan – 4 February
Sunderland Empire

6 – 11 February
Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre

13 – 18 February
Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Telephone 01702 351 135

20 – 25 February
Oxford New Theatre

27 Feb – 4 March
Grimsby Auditorium
Telephone 0300 300 0035

6 – 11 March
York Grand Opera House

13 – 18 March
Bromley Churchill Theatre
Telephone 020 3285 6000

21 – 25 March
Derry Millennium Forum
Telephone 028 7126 4455

27 Mar – 1 April
Belfast Grand Opera House
Telephone 028 9024 1919

3 – 8 April
Woking New Victoria Theatre

10 – 15 April
Blackpool Opera House
Telephone 0844 856 1111

18 – 22 April
Southampton Mayflower
Telephone 023 8071 1811

24 – 30 April
Manchester Palace Theatre

2 – 6 May
New Wimbledon Theatre

8 – 13 May
Bristol Hippodrome

16 – 20 May
Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre
Telephone 01224 641 122

23 – 27 May
Lowestoft Marina Theatre
Telephone 01502 533 200

30 May – 4 June
Brighton Theatre Royal

6 – 10 June
Torquay Princess Theatre

12 – 17 June
Liverpool Empire

20 – 24 June
On Sale Soon

26 Jun – 1 July
Llandudno Venue Cymru
Telephone 01492 872 000

3 – 8 July
Glasgow Kings Theatre

10 – 15 July
Stoke Regent Theatre

17 – 22 July
Milton Keynes Theatre

24 – 29 July
On Sale Soon


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