Royal Opera House Encore

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon's exhuberant ballet, inspired by Lewis Caroll's much-loved book

An explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser…

Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adagio – to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.

Age guidance: 6yrs+
Running time: 2 hrs 50 mins including two intervals


Don't be late for a very important date! Mad Hatters and Queens Of Hearts, grab your tickets here:

Full price: £15
Concession (u18, student): £12
Family Advance Tickets (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children): £40*
Family On The Door Tickets: £50

*Please note: Family Advance Ticket rate available until the evening of the performance. Family Tickets bought on the door will be £50.