Rachael Wooding will guest star as Alice in the 2017 UK tour of Wonderland in selected venues. Rachael is one of musical theatre’s most impressive talents. In May this year she wowed the nation on Britain’s Got Talent with Simon Cowell proclaiming her rendition of ‘With You’ from Ghost was “the most beautiful version of the song” he had ever heard. Rachael went on to the live finals and her acclaimed audition has been viewed almost 9 million times on YouTube to date.
Rachael has played numerous lead parts, including the title role in the UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita and her West End credits include We Will Rock You, Hairspray and Jersey Boys.
Rachael joins a stellar cast including West End star Wendi Peters, much loved for her acclaimed portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, as Queen of Hearts and musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts, who rose to fame for playing the title role in Phantom of the Opera, as White Rabbit. She shares the role of Alice for the tour with West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis, best known for playing Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked, who also guest stars in selected venues, as previously announced.
Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland debuts at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Friday 20th to Saturday 28th January 2017 ahead of an extensive UK tour
Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. It is a timely and touching story of love in all its forms, an adventurous exploration of who we are, who we want to be and the power of everyday magic in our lives.
Completing the principal cast are Stephen Webb as Jack / White Knight, Natalie McQueen as Mad Hatter, Kayi Ushe as Caterpillar, Dominic Owen as Cheshire Cat, Ben Kerr as March Hare, Naomi Morris as Ellie and Michelle Pentecost as Alternate Alice / Mad Hatter. They are joined by a company comprising Sharif Afifi, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Divine Cresswell, Jessica Croll, Francesca Lara Gordon, Benjamin McMillan, Michael Morgan, Phoebe May Newman, Bree Smith, Benjamin Yates and swings Lewis Easter and Collette Guitart.
Rachael Wooding will guest star as Alice in Southend, Oxford, Grimsby, York, Blackpool, Southampton, Aberdeen, Lowestoft, Torquay, Llandudno, Glasgow, Swansea, Wolverhamptonand Richmond.
Kerry Ellis will guest star as Alice in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bromley, Woking, Manchester, Wimbledon, Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Stoke and Milton Keynes and adds Bournemouth to her previously announced dates.
The role of Alice for Derry, Belfast and Dublin is yet to be announced.
Produced by Produced by Neil Eckersley, Wonderland has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy and book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd. It is directed by Lotte Wakeham (Associate Director of Matilda, West End & Broadway), with musical supervision by Jason Howland (Beautiful, West End & Broadway), choreography by Lucie Pankhurst (Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse), set design by Andrew Riley (Songs for a New World at the St James and Flight at Opera Holland Park), costume design by Grace Smart (2015 Linbury Prize winner) and lighting design by Tony Award nominee Nick Richings (current UK tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert & The Rocky Horror Show) and sound design by Rory Madden (The Commitments).
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by Jack Murphy
Book by Jack Murphy & Gregory Boyd
Directed by Lotte Wakeham
Musical Supervision by Jason Howland
Choreography by Lucie Pankhurst
Set Design by Andrew Riley
Costume Design by Grace Smart
Lighting Design by Nick Richings
Sound Design by Rory Madden
Dates and Prices
Monday 27 February – Saturday 4 March 2017
Mon – Sat 7.30pm Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Mon 7.30pm & Wed 2.30pm £15.00 – £27.00
Tue – Thu 7.30pm & Sat 2.30pm £15.00 – £32.00
Fri & Sat 7.30pm £15.00 – £34.00
Theatre Card Opening Night and Sat mat – Half price tickets** & £5.00 off** Tue–Thu 7.30pm perfs **(Price level A & B only)
Children £10.00 off all perfs (Price Level A-C only) Sat mat – Half price tickets
Seniors & Students £4.00 off ** Mon–Fri 7.30pm Wed & Sat mat **(Price level A & B only)
Seniors Wed mat £20.00 (Price level A & B only) **(Price level A & B only)
Groups 10+ £6.00 off** 20+ £7.00 off** 40+ £8.00 off** **(Price level A & B only) Mon–Fri only
Schools £15.00 (Price levels A-D only) Mon-Thu only