Christopher Wheeldon’s extravagant Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland© returns to take audiences back down the rabbit hole in 2024. Masterfully translated from Lewis Carroll’s beloved book, Wheeldon brings the humour and eccentricities of the original story to the ballet stage in a fantastical tale suitable for the whole family. Watch as The Queen of Hearts rampages around her court, the White Rabbit shimmies his tail and the Caterpillar sparkles in 16 crystal-covered pointe shoes.
Tony Award-winning designer Bob Crowley has blended high-tech wizardry and traditional stage craft, weaving magic through puppetry and eye-catching design elements. Composer Joby Talbot captures Wonderland’s moods in an evocative score alive with Cheshire purrs and ticking clocks.
The Australian Ballet’s production of Alice won the 2018 Helpmann Award for Best Ballet and was nominated in five other categories, including Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design and Best Male and Female Dancer.
This family favourite will be The Australian Ballet’s farewell season at the State Theatre before it closes for renovations until 2027, and the company temporarily relocates to Melbourne’s historic Regent Theatre.
As the White Rabbit insists, “Don’t be late for this very important date!”
Co-production between The Australian Ballet and The National Ballet of Japan.
A production commissioned and first performed by The Royal Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.
2hrs 40mins (incl. two intervals)
March 15th, 2024
March 26th, 2024
Arts Centre Melbourne is located across the river from Melbourne’s CBD and can be reached by a wide range of transport options.
The Theatres Building (under the Spire) and Hamer Hall (on the banks of the Yarra) are located on St Kilda Rd. The Theatres Building contains the State Theatre, the Playhouse, Fairfax Studio and our undercover carpark.
By Car The Arts Centre Melbourne undercover car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The car park entrance is located at 4 Sturt Street. It is housed underneath the Theatres Building – a 5 minute walk (outside) to Hamer Hall or a 10 minute walk along St Kilda Rd to Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The car park is a cash-free facility, so please make sure you have a valid credit or debit card before entering.
By Train The closest train station to all venues is Flinders Street Station. Exit the station onto Swanston Street, turn your back on the city and walk across Princes Bridge.
By Tram The tram routes that stop in front of Arts Centre Melbourne are: 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72. This stop is number 14 – “Arts Precinct"
By Bike Bicycle lanes run north and south along St Kilda Road. On-street bicycle hoops are available outside Hamer Hall and the Theatres Building (under the Spire)
“Alice is an absolute audience favourite, it’s a family-friendly colourful trip down the rabbit hole that’s full of humour, gorgeous dancing and the mystery of Alice’s magical adventure. Christopher Wheeldon created a worldwide hit in this joyful, luscious production.” - David Hallberg, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music Joby Talbot orchestrated by: Christopher Austin and Joby Talbot
Set and costume design: Bob Crowley
Scenario: Nicholas Wright
Lighting design: Natasha Katz
Projection designs: Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington
Puppet design: Toby Olié
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland runs for 2hrs 40mins (incl. two intervals).
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is at Melbourne's Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland tickets start at $183.
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