ALICE THE MUSICAL Announces 20th Anniversary Cast
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018, Paul Boyd's acclaimed "Alice The Musical" is finally returning to its original home at the Lyric Theatre Belfast for the first time since 1998, in a great all-new production directed by the author. The 2018 cast has now been announced.
West End star Allison Harding (Sister Mary Theresa in "Sister Act" and star of "The Girls" and "Once") is taking on the iconic role of Wonderland's ruler the Queen of Hearts, and star of "The Commitments" and "Jersey Boys" Mark Dugdale is returning to his native Belfast to play a number of Lewis Carroll's most famous characters, including the Caterpillar and the Mad Hatter.
The cast also includes some of Northern Ireland's best-known performers including Charlotte McCurry (from Druid Theatre Company's "Big Maggie" and The Gate Theatre's "The Father") as The Cheshire Cat, RUBY CAMPBELL (star of the Lyric Theatre's acclaimed production of Brian Friel's "Lovers: Winners and Losers") as Alice, and ADAM DOUGAL ("The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4") as the March Hare and the White Knight.
Completing the company are Northern Ireland's hardest working actress, the irrepressible Christina Nelson as the White Rabbit, and Northern Irish musical theatre star and London College of Music graduate REA CAMPBELL-HILL as the Dormouse and the King of Hearts.
Featuring a host of Lewis Carrol's most infamous characters, "Alice The Musical" tells the story of Alice's adventures in Wonderland and her attempts to escape the clutches of the notorious Queen of Hearts. Audiences will once again tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice in pursuit of the elusive White Rabbit, to discover a fantastic realm where nothing makes sense.
"Alice The Musical" is a full stage production written for children and adults alike, and features a full score of memorable and catchy songs, from pop to rock, that climaxes in Paul Boyd's infamous seven-minute mega-mix finale that has had audiences around the world on their feet cheering for more!
Paul Boyd is the writer and composer of 23 professional stage musicals, including "Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory" (nominated for 5 Broadway World West End Awards in 2012), "Pinocchio" (nominated as Best Production for Children and Young People, TMA/UK Theatre Awards 2007), and "The Haunting of Helena" (double nominee for the Stiles & Drewe Award for Best Song from a New Musical 2010).
"Alice The Musical" premiered in 1998 at Northern Ireland's national producing theatre, the Lyric Theatre Belfast, and the original production was nominated as Best Drama at the 1999 Belfast City Arts Awards. Since then the show has been produced by theatres across Ireland, the UK, and in 2009 the show had its USA Premiere at the Actors' Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre, Miami Fl, where it proved so successful that it was revived for a second time the same year, and again for another record-breaking revival in 2015. In 2011 "Alice The Musical" opened in a Japanese translation by Merry Artists Company at Nagoya City Higashi Playhouse, Japan.
"This is a show that reaches the hearts, minds and funny bones of all generations, with punchy storytelling, terrific music and nicely naughty grown-up gags" (Irish Times)
"Paul Boyd has the talent for composing musicals that hit just the right note" (The Stage)
"I was even won over by the big production numbers and the rousing finale had young and old enthusiastically throwing themselves into the spirit of things ... a great triumph" (Irish News)