6 December 2014 - 16 January 2105
We saw this ballet when it premiered at the Royal Opera House back in 2011, and were staggered by it. It was the first, long narrative ballet that the Royal Ballet had commissioned in 16 years and it combined the talents of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, composer Joby Talbot and set designer Bob Crowley, who between them created a truly dazzling show. Not surprisingly, it became an instant hit, was televised by the BBC, and is now part of the Royal Ballet’s repertoire. We saw it again in 2012 when we took a beloved ten-year-old god-daughter (it’s a great first ballet), and loved it just as much then, as did the ten-year-old. We’d happily see it every year if we can justify the tickets. It’s a different experience from watching any other narrative ballet – and so much more exciting. Wait till you see the sets, and the way Alice grows and shrinks, never mind the score and dancing, which includes a sublime tap dancing Mad Hatter, a magic cheshire cat and an enormous caterpillar en pointe. Alice returns to the Royal Opera House this December – a great family Christmas treat if ever there was one – but do book tickets now if you want to pick your date – and your Alice. Lauren Cuthbertston, one of the stars of the Royal Ballet, and for whom choreographer Christopher Wheeldon created the title role, dances Alice several times during the run, but there won’t be tickets for any night, or her nights in particular, for long.