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Wonderland the Musical – Review

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April 28, 2017

Last week we were invited to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to see Wonderland the Musical.
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Hubby and I love our musicals but had not heard of this one before, so were unsure what to expect, but we certainly were not disappointed.
If you book tickets to go and see Wonderland, do not expect the original tale of Alice in Wonderland. The musical follows Alice, a 40-year-old divorced mum of one, who has fallen on hard times and doesn’t want to live in the real world anymore.
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Alice is living in the past and devastated that her ex-husband is getting re-married and her frustrated daughter, Ellie, and love-struck neighbour, Jack, are trying desperately to snap her out of her melancholy, until the White Rabbit appears and takes them to Wonderland aboard a broken lift.
It is here that the story turns colourful and fun, with all our favourite characters from the book including the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter, Dormouse, Cheshire Cat, March Hare and the Queen of Hearts.
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The Caterpillar was my favourite character in the whole show, almost too cool for school and he and the Cheshire Cat tried to offer Alice advice and help her find her true self. Should she step through the looking-glass or not?
Ellie and Jack step through first, with Ellie transformed into a stroppy teenager, exasperated by her mum, whilst Jack turn from geek to hunk.
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In a plot twist, the Mad Hatter is a woman, played by the brilliant Natalie McQueen who acts and sings superbly whilst drinking tea and plotting against the jam tart loving, head-choppng enthusiast Queen of Hearts.
I would have liked to see more of the Queen of Hearts, although each time she was on stage she impressively managed to wolf down a jam tart and still keep her lines on track!
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In a nutshell the musical is about two women who go through the Looking Glass to find their true selves – and return transformed in entirely different ways.
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Much of the music is very 80’s rock, with nods to Roxette, which got our toes tapping. The tea party scene is a sight to behold, as well as the resounding finale.
Hubby and I both thoroughly enjoyed this musical. It gave very much a girl power, stand up to bullies message and I would recommend seeing it when it comes near you.

Wonderland the Musical is on tour in the UK until August 2017, find further information and book tickets on www.wonderlandthemusical.com

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    Ness

    April 28, 2017

    Looks like quite a turn of events for Alice. Always good to see something new on the musicals scene.

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    Talya

    April 28, 2017

    Wow this looks utterly magical and a must watch for families. Will look out for this!

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    Baby Isabella

    April 28, 2017

    We saw this musical at the Mayflower a couple of days after you. My folks have seen quite a lot of musicals and found this one hard to follow, but it might have had something to do with the sound levels at the theatre. The set design was wonderful though and we loved the little nods to the Backstreet Boys with the dance routines… It made us giggle.

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    Joanna

    April 28, 2017

    Oh i like the sound of this musical I like that the story is a little different I can see this being a must see.

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    Sophie's Nursery

    April 28, 2017

    This looks good! I thought it was going to be a remake of Alice in Wonderland but love the fact it is an entirely new twist on it! x

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    Helen

    April 28, 2017

    I have to be honest – I don’t know the story of Alice in Wonderland (I have no idea how I’ve got to 27 years old without knowing!) but this looks like an interesting adaption. Your post has made me want to go to the theatre again, it’s been far too long!

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    April 28, 2017

    We’re booked to see this next month and I’m really looking forward to it

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    Suzy Mccullough

    April 28, 2017

    There’s nothing like finding out who you really are. This sounds like a really good twist on a classic. I’d love to see it. Especially for the 80s music

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    Nikki Thomas

    April 28, 2017

    That sounds fantastic, I would love to see it. I love going to the theatre and there is something really special about musical theatre I always come away feeling uplifted and inspired.

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    Polly Davies

    April 28, 2017

    oh this looks like a great show to see!

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    Mary Louise

    April 28, 2017

    Looks like a great show with a really good storyline. I love going to the theater!

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    Kizzy

    April 29, 2017

    We love Alice in Wonderland. I didn’t know there was another adaptation of the book. This looks and sounds like a great show. Not been to the theatre for ages.

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    Anne

    April 29, 2017

    This looks fabulous and I’d love to see it. Unfortunately, I’ve already missed it in my city, but it will be nearby again in August so I may just consider going then.
    Great review, it really makes me want to see the play.

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    five little doves

    April 29, 2017

    This sounds amazing, I really hope that it comes to our town so we can see it too!

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    April 29, 2017

    I also haven’t really heard of this musical but looks bright and fun (especially like the 80s music idea…)

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    Little B & Me

    April 30, 2017

    Thats certainly a different spin on the story!
    Noticed a bit of ‘cilla’ from Coronation Street teehhee.
    Glad you enjoyed it, shows aren’t quite my thing but I shall show my show obsessed mum! xx

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    Mellissa Williams

    April 30, 2017

    Alice in Wonderland is my favourite book ever. Interesting to see a spin on it in the theatre. Now will I like it? it has certainly peaked my curiosity!

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    Ana De- Jesus

    April 30, 2017

    I have to say I am digging the sound of this re-interpretation of Alice’s character and how it looks at her in a different time period of her life x

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    Jen Walshaw

    April 30, 2017

    Alice in Wonderland is one of my most favourite reads. I love this take on an older Alice. it looks fun

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    Nadine Hill

    May 1, 2017

    Oh this show sounds wonderful! (No pun intended!) I love the modern twist on a classic story and the 80s music would have my toes tapping too!

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    Kate Williams

    May 1, 2017

    I’m not a huge fan of musicals but this sounds like great fun!

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    Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    May 4, 2017

    This looks fab! I love a good musical, will have to keep a look out for this one 🙂

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    Tony Hobby

    June 30, 2017

    That really looks like a great musical. And the music being rock from the 80’s should put a new interest twist on things. Alice in wonderland lends its self well to musicals I think and it’s great to see all the new takes on a classic tale 🙂

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    Glória

    July 5, 2017

    Produção grandiosa! De um profissionalismo sem igual! BRAVO.

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    Ellie Cohn

    November 18, 2017

    That really looks fabulous and quite exciting. I am a huge fan of musicals and but this sounds like great fun! Keep sharing such posts in future as well. Alice in Wonderland is one of my most favourite reads.

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