Wonderland at the Palace Theatre Manchester Review

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Reviewed by Michelle Wright

Ever wondered who you are? Who you really should be? Is there more to life than this? That’s exactly what Alice questioned in her adventures in Wonderland!

Alice is a modern-day mother who seems to have lost herself after the breakup of her marriage. She doesn’t want to be in the real world so her teenage daughter, Ellie, has taken the role of the ‘sensible one’ – and plays more of an adult than Alice does!

Alice is spending her days ‘waiting’ for her ex-husband to return, dreaming of being a writer and not seeing that happiness is actually right on her doorstep if she would only look properly!

A fantastic feel good, uplifting musical where we follow a disillusioned Alice on her quest for finding herself, taking control of her life and her destiny. Along the way, we meet the well-known characters of Lewis Carroll’s classic stories including The Mad Hatter, The March Hare, a rather cool and sexy Caterpillar (a sentence I never thought I would write!) and the White Rabbit.

I’m not going to tell you any more of the story, but suffice to say, it’s funny, charming, totally magical and is a fabulous modern adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. My 11 year old daughter and I loved being transformed into this magical world with colourful costumes, great acting and spine tingling songs. It goes without saying that all of the performances were completely polished in particular Kerry Ellis as Alice (who hits all the huge notes effortlessly), but our on-stage favourites were Naomi Morris as Ellie, a very funny rendition of The Cheshire Cat by Dominic Owen, a cringe-worthy but very funny 90’s band member and our stories hero, Stephen Webb and a totally smooth, hip swaying Kayi Ushe at The Caterpillar!

This fabulous show closed to a rapture of applause and a standing ovation that was totally justified.

The shows audience ranged from children of approx. 5 years old, to parents and grandparents. It was so lovely to see everyone enjoying the wonders unravelling in front of them – a true family appealing show!

Wonderland is a real must-see show at one of the most beautiful theatres in Manchester, The Palace Theatre on Oxford Road.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £21.40 to £53.90 (plus £4 transaction fee).

Wonderland is at the Palace Theatre in Manchester from 24-30 April 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/palacetheatre or call the box office on 0844 871 3019.

Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT | 0844 871 3019

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