Wednesday, January 21

Cast Announced for new Damon Albarn Alice in Wonderland Musical at the MIF

Updated 11th May: Casting has just been
 announced for the Manchester International Festival run of It will include Sam Archer, Lois Chimimba, Rob Compton, Rosalie Craig, Ivan De Freitas, Luke Fetherston, Hal Fowler, Anna Francolini, Lorraine Graham, Paul Hilton, Karina Hind, Holly James, Sam Mackay, Daisy Maywood, Enyi Okoronkwo, David Page, Golda Rosheuvel, Cydney Uffindell-Phillips and Witney White.

Casting is still to be announced for its run  at the NT's Olivier Theatre from November 2015 until April 2016 and at  the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in June 2016.
At the National Theatre 2015 season launch this morning new Artistic Director Rufus Norris and Chief Executive Tessa Ross announced that their first season will include a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic Alice In Wonderland  with music by   Damon Albarn:  a  musician who is best known for being part of the bands Blur and Gorillaz and has also previously created the stage shows Dr Dee and Monkey: Journey to the West for the Manchester International Festival with  book and lyrics by Moira Buffini (plays Handbagged and Welcome To Thebes and the screenplays for Tamara Drewe, Jane Eyre and Byzantium). will be directed by Rufus Norris (who has previosuly eorked with Albarn on Dr Dee) and has been commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the  National Theatre and the Théâtre du Châtelet. It will be a co-production with Manchester International Festival. is described as a world where "you can be exactly who you want to be". The story follows Aly, a 12-year-old, who "loves this extraordiarly virtual world. Bullied at school and unhappy at home, lets her escape from her parents, from teachers, from herself".

"online, Aly becomes Alice: brave, beautiful and in control. But some of the people she meets – the weird Dum and Dee, the creepy Cheshire Cat, the terrifying Red Queen – seem strangely familiar. As hard as Aly tries to keep them apart, real life and begin to collide in ever more curious and dangerous ways."
The dates for the musical are:

  •  The MIF from 2nd – 12th July. 
  • the Olivier Theatre at the NT from 27th November  to 31t January 2016.
  • Paris 2016 
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