Eastgate adventures down the rabbit hole

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It is almost 150 years old, but Lewis Carroll’s children’s fantasy tale is still a favourite.

The Royal Ballet are the latest to attempt to retell Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with its Royal Opera House performance being broadcast to the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles next Thursday.

Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, it arrived on the stage in 2011 as the Royal Ballet’s first full-length work since 1995.

It received widespread praise, with Joby Talbot’s score combining old and new and Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative sets and costumes attempting to bring Wonderland to life.

If you need reminding, the story revolves around Alice and her encounters with a cast of extraordinary characters down the rabbit hole – from the highly strung Queen of Hearts, to dancing playing cards, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter.

In The Royal Ballet’s performance, there is a love narrative for Alice and the Knave of Hearts. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story – a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and an unhinged tea party are all created in vivid detail.

A spokesman for the Royal Opera House said: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a brilliantly imagined show, which, with a magical score, ingeniously inventive designs and a wealth of theatrical effects, has something for 
everyone to treasure.”

Alice will be played by Sarah Lamb, the Knave of Hearts by Federico Bonelli and the Mad Hatter by Steven McRae.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland starts at 7.30pm at the Eastgate and tickets (£17) can be bought by phoning 01721 725777.