ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden
Finally caught up with this ambitious new three-acter from the Royal Ballet.
Christopher Weeldon's choreography is always workmanlike, often inventive, but it's really Joby Talbot's score and the special effects and the designs that make it such an enjoyable show.
The moment when Alice opens the door and peers into the auditorium, and the disjointed Cheshire Cat, are just two of the delights, and then there are divertissements for all sorts of Tenniel-inspired characters.
The prologue, and its book-end epilogue, provide a context for the surreal, hallucinatory nonsense in between.
A late start to this midday matinée [stage crew problems] and both Pennefather and Nunez replaced [injury]. Fine performances, though from Nehemiah Kish and Beatriz Stix-Brunell as The Knave of Hearts and Alice. Barry Wordsworth in the pit.