The Royal Opera house is currently being taken over by ZooNation who have previously created ‘Some Like It Hip Hop’ and ‘Into The Woods’, and have now created The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
In all honesty I had no idea what I was going to see, I saw that it was based on Wonderland and the characters, it was a reasonable price and there were still some seats available so I booked and didn’t think much of it. The premise of the story is that the characters from the original novel/ film are housed in an asylum, each with their own inner demons and newly qualified psychotherapist Ernest is tasked with treating them yet it doesn’t quite go to plan.
Within the first half each character (Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and March Hare, Alice, Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and the White Rabbit) is given time to showcase their ‘issues’ but the difference is this is a ZooNation production so the characters dance and they’re not just insanely talented but overly clever with their stories. Three people stand at the back of the stage (although not hidden away from sight) and provide the speech, the vocals and all the instruments with songs ranging from a reggae feel to a pop rock tone. The second half focuses more on Wonderland and the new ‘Ernest’ but I won’t give too much away.
The whole production is incredibly clever and will appeal to both the younger audience who will enjoy the dancing, the bright colours and the little jokes but also to the adults who will enjoy the quirky song lyrics and the production. Without any expectations from the show I was blown away by this group’s talent.
I think most of the shows are sadly sold out but if you have already got a ticket then you’re in for a treat.
Photo: Official Promo Shot