Last week we were invited to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton to see Wonderland the Musical.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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