Alice in Wonderland has been recreated on stage countless times and on my way to Alice In the Underground I wonder wether Les Infants Terribles would be able to create a show which feels original enough to justify another retelling of this classic tale. However this is a version of Alice that will be nothing like you’ve seen before.
Les Infants have turned the well known London venue in to a different universe, complete with magical doors, a lake, a forest and a rabbit hole. The design of this show is spectacular and the audience are in awe through out the entire journey, the attention to detail and grandeur of the spaces truly makes you feel transported and constantly surprised.
Puppetry and mask work is used in the show very cleverly to portray some of the magical characters. This is very effective. Stage illusion’s are also used which makes the show even more magical.
When you enter wonderland you receive your identification card alleging you with one of wonderlands suits. This cleverly dictates your role within the plot and engages you immediately in the action of the show. Over your journey you meet a range of characters from comical playing cards to the hauntingly beautiful Mock-turtle. All the characters are throughly engaging particularly the venomous Queen of hearts.
The pace at which this moves and the logistics of the show are astounding. It is a unique piece of theatre and a beautiful homage to Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland. It is a must see. 5/5
Review written by Lucy Bishop.
Alice in the Underground is currently showing at The Vaults until Sunday 30th August. For more information on the production, visit here…
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