Mercury Theatre announced the full cast for their summer production of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, reimagined by Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Kenny with music by Ivan Stott. Emma Earle directs Ruby Ablett as Alice, Miiya Alexandra (Dora/Doormouse), Hannah Azuonye (Carol-Louise/ Caterpillar/Cheshire Cat), Rosalind Ford (Mum/Duchess), Natasha Karp (Queen of Hearts/Ms Head), Tom Moores (White Rabbit/Mr Buck), Jamie Noar (Tweedledee/King of Hearts), Mike Slader (Harry/Mad Hatter) and Loris Scarpa (Tweedledum/March Hare). The production opens on Wednesday 3 August at the Mercury Theatre and runs until Sunday 14 August, with previews from Friday 29 July.
Creative Director Ryan McBryde said today: “We can’t wait to jump down the rabbit hole into the fantastical world of Wonderland this summer. Director Emma Earle has a fantastic track record with her award-winning, female-led theatre company Pins and Needles, who are best known for their bold and imaginative adaptations of children’s books including Raymond Briggs’ classics Father Christmas and The Bear. We’re delighted to welcome a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians including the wonderful Mike Slader and Rosalind Ford last seen in the Mercury’s The Comedy of Errors.”
Alice is under a lot of pressure. She’s anxiously about to sit an exam, when she accidentally falls down a rabbit hole and plunges into the magical world of Wonderland. There, she encounters some of the strangest and most peculiar creatures she’s ever met, including a very bossy White Rabbit, a Cheshire Cat who can’t stop grinning and a Mad Hatter who’s, well, mad!
Can Alice defeat the formidable Queen of Hearts and get back home in time to finish her test?
Ruby Ablett plays Alice. Her recent theatre credits include The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Duke of York’s Theatre), The Wind in the Willows (Derby Theatre), 8: A Steampunk Opera (The Other Palace), Double Act (Polka Theatre), Why is the Sky Blue? (Southwark Playhouse), White Trash (VAULT Festival), A Christmas Carol, The Threepenny Opera (Bolton Octagon), The True History of Julia Pastrana (Hope Mill Theatre), Brass (Hackney Empire), Sweet Charity (Leicester Curve) and VARIÉTÉ (Riverside Studios).
Miiya Alexandra plays Dora/Doormouse. Hannah Azuonye plays Carol-Louise/Caterpillar/Cheshire Cat. Rosalind Ford returns to the theatre to play Mum/Duchess – she previously appeared in The Comedy of Errors. Natasha Karp plays Queen of Hearts/Ms Head. Tom Moores plays White Rabbit/Mr Buck. Jamie Noar plays Tweedledee/King of Hearts and is the Musical Director. Loris Scarpa plays Tweedledum/March Hare, making his professional stage debut. His screen credits include Doctors, SAS: Rogue Heroes, Company of Heroes and The Gray Trilogy. Mike Slader returns to Mercury Theatre to play Harry/Mad Hatter Hatter – he previously appeared in The Comedy of Errors. Emma Earle directs. Her directing credits include Adventures in Wonderland (The Vaults), Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure and Father Christmas (Lyric Hammersmith). Adapted by Mike Kenny, one of England’s leading playwrights, specialising in young people’s theatre. His principal adaptions for the stage include The Railway Children, The Odyssey, Solace of the Road, Gulliver’s Travels and Flat Stanley; while his original plays include Three Wise Monkeys, Electric Darkness and Calderland – A People’s Opera.