Wonderland comes to Edinburgh
Edinburgh will be the first city to host the multi Grammy award winning Wonderland in January, ahead of an extensive UK tour. Showing from 20th to 28th January 2017 at the Edinburgh Playhouse, following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, this is one of those iconic shows that will sell out fast … so if it’s your kind of thing, you’ll need to organise your tickets very soon!
TV and West End star Wendi Peters, much loved for her portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will headline as Queen of Hearts alongside musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts. Then West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis, best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked, will guest star as Alice!**
Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. Here a timely and touching story of love in all its forms, it’s an adventurous exploration of who we are, who we want to be and the power of everyday magic in our lives.
In the tradition of the best stage musicals, Wonderland boasts a catchy score full of songs from Frank Wildhorn, writer of pop hits including Whitney Houston’s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’ and theatre classics including ‘This is the Moment’ from his internationally acclaimed show, Jekyll & Hyde.
Wendi Peters has worked extensively on both stage and screen and currently plays regular character Cook Jenkins in BBC’s Hetty Feather. Alongside her screen work, Wendi is in much demand as a stage actress with recent credits including Hatched ’n’ Dispatched (Park Theatre), Oh What a Lovely War! (UK Tour) and White Christmas (Dominion Theatre).
Dave Willetts is one of the UK’s top musical theatre stars having played many leading roles including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (London and Australia), and Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (London and Manchester), winning the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Performance. His latest album, Once in a Lifetime, celebrates 25 years in show business.
Kerry Ellis is the leading lady of her generation. Her extensive theatre credits include Grizabella in Cats, Nancy in Oliver! and Fantine in Les Misérables. As well as her theatre career, Kerry performed her own solo tour around the UK culminating in a sell-out performance at the London Palladium and the release of her own self-titled album. She also continues to tour and perform all over the globe with her long time writing and performing partner Queen’s Brian May. The pair are due to release a new album early next year.
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**Kerry Ellis is scheduled to perform at all evening performances in Edinburgh and at the first Saturday matinée on 20th August. She will not be performing the role of ‘Alice’ at other matinee performances.