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Theatre Review: Alice In Wonderland - St Paul's Church, London ✭✭✭✭


Alice In Wonderland


St Paul’s Church – Covent Garden


After the success of Julius Caesar, the Iris Theatre group are taking over St Paul’s Church once again for an entertaining and energetic performance of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland.

In the heart of Covent Garden you get to take a trip down the rabbit hole, literally. Taking a trip down a makeshift rabbit hole, walking passed drawings and writings from the book and then finally reaching a Victorian circus. This is where the play starts, with grown up Alice herself taking the trip down the rabbit hole and finding herself in Wonderland.

I'm sure everyone knows the story of Alice In Wonderland, the bizarre characters and the quest for Alice to find out who she is. It is quite difficult to portray the story from the book, especially in play form, but from the evening I spent at St Paul’s Church, Iris Theatre brought Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland to life.

The cast play a few of the characters, apart from Laura Wickham who just plays Alice and Simon Kent who plays the White Rabbit. All cast members were well cast in their roles for the play, with each of them giving a great performance. A special mention has to go to David Baynes in his roles as the March Hare and the Queen of Hearts; his take of Queen of Hearts was outstanding, he had the whole audience laughing, it is great to see an actor take on two completely different roles and pull them both off incredibly well.

The staging for Alice In Wonderland is perfect, St Paul's Church is such a beautiful location and once again Iris Theatre use the location to their advantage. Moving the audience round to different locations for different scenes, keeping the play moving, it does keep the younger audience more engaged instead of just sitting for a few hours. They all also use some of the audience to help with the play, some got to be a part of the Mad Hatters tea party and some also got to be a part of the Queen of Hearts croquet game.  

A great evening, lovely atmosphere and an entertaining play for all ages. It is something different to do in London and I look forward to seeing what they have in store next year.

Listings Information
Alice In Wonderland runs until 31 August at St Paul's Actors Church in Covent Garden.
Tickets cost £15.50 for adults and £11.50 for concessions and are available at www.iristheatre.com

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