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Review: We dived down the rabbit hole into Wonderland

WonderlandThe magical world of Lewis Carroll comes to Stoke’s Regent Theatre as Wonderland takes you on a fantasy adventure

Fans of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are in for a real treat as this magically reworked production bursts on to the stage.

Although the main characters that you remember are all correct and present there’s some interesting re-workings in this madcap show.

The story focuses on Alice’s journey down “the rabbit hole”, as she follows the brilliant Dave Willetts who plays the white rabbit.  Instead of a simple innocent girl, Alice’s character is that of a single mother who embarks on journey of self discovery with the wonderful Jack (Stephen Webb). Jack has loved Alice from a far for quite some time but has always been too shy to do anything about it.

Alice is played by star of the stage, Kerry Ellis, who powers through the performance with her amazing and spine tingling singing voice!

Alice’s daughter Ellie transforms from a daughter who does everything she can for her mother to a hilarious text book grumpy, emotional and challenging teenager after she passes through the looking glass.

The changes don’t stop there though, the Mad Hatter pops up, madder than ever, this time cast as a woman!  This inspired twist really brings a new dynamic to the character, and Natalie McQueen really makes this unique role her own with an amazing performance.  A duet sang between Ellis and McQueen was absolutely fantastic and had the hairs on my neck stood on end!

Old favourite, the Queen of Hearts, is played by the marvellous Wendi Peters who had the audience laughing as she marched around the stage exclaiming “off with her head….” all the time hilariously devouring her trademark jam tarts.

The ensemble cast played their parts brilliantly and we especially loved the characters Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar, Dormouse and the March Hare!

The stage sets were amazing, visually stunning and very effective, they really helped you to feel like you were in Wonderland.

The vocally strong cast delivered a brilliant performance which was full of bubbly and bold songs, a real feel good musical production.

We were completely enthralled by the performance, Kerry Ellis’s vocals were simply fantastic.  We left the theatre spellbound by the show we’d just watched, it was a real magical affair.

Wonderland is suitable for ages 8 to 80…..and beyond and it’s a great piece of musical theatre for all to see!

If you’re interested in going to see Wonderland then it’s on at the Regent Theatre in Hanley until Saturday 15th July.  On Saturday there is a matinee at 14:30 and the final performance at 19:30. Call the box office on 0844 871 7649 or visit their website at http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/wonderland/regent-theatre/.

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