Wendi Peters & Dave Willetts to star in UK Tour of Wonderland

Here is everything you need to know about this brand new UK tour!

Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland andThrough 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.

Full tour information at the bottom of this article.

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TV and West End star Wendi Peters, much loved for her acclaimed portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will headline the upcoming 2017 UK tour of Wonderland as Queen of Hearts alongside musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts, who has previously starred in tours of South Pacific, 42nd Street andSeven Brides for Seven Brothers, as White Rabbit.

West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis, best known for playing Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked, will guest star as Alice in select venues around her concert commitments. She will appear in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bromley, Woking, Manchester, Wimbledon, Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Stoke and Milton Keynes.

Completing the principal cast are Stephen Webb as Jack / White Knight, Natalie McQueen as Mad Hatter, Kayi Ushe as Caterpillar, Dominic Owen as Cheshire Cat, Ben Kerr as March Hare and Carolyn Maitland as Alternate Alice / Mad Hatter. They are joined by an ensemble comprising Sharif Afifi, Toyan Thomas Browne, Divine Cresswell, Jessica Croll, Francesca Lara Gordon, Benjamin McMillan, Bree Smith, Benjamin Yates and swings Lewis Easter and Collette Guitart.

Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland debuts at theEdinburgh Playhouse from Friday 20th to Saturday 28th January 2017 ahead of an extensive UK tour.

In addition to the previously announced dates, the inaugural UK tour of Wonderland has added Swansea and Bournemouth to its nationwide schedule, both of which will be on sale soon.

 

Wendi Peters has worked extensively on both stage and screen, but it was the iconic role of Cilla in Coronation Street which truly made her a household name. Her appearance led to her being asked on numerous TV programmes such as Celebrity Sewing Bee for Children In Need, Celebrity MastermindThe F Word with Gordon Ramsay and Celebrity Masterchef, where she reached the finals. Wendi 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 foremost musical theatre stars having played numerous leading roles including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (London and Australia), Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (London and Manchester), for which he won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Performance, Old Deuteronomy in Cats (London), the title roles in Jesus Christ Superstar (London and Europe), Sweeney Todd (UK Tour) and Sunday in the Park with George (UK Tour), Max Von Mayerling in Sunset Boulevard (London), and Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street and Professor Callaghan in Legally Blonde (all UK Tours). Dave has also made many international concert appearances, including performances at the concert halls of Monterey, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Munich as well as the Royal Albert Hall. 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!, Fantine in Les Misérables, Ellen inMiss Saigon, Meatloaf in the original cast of We Will Rock You and Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady, as well as Svetlana in Chess in concert at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Josh Groban and Idina Menzel. 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.

Produced by Neil Eckersley, Wonderland has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd with UK adaptation by Ava Eldred. It is directed by Lotte Wakeham (Associate Director of Matilda, West End & Broadway), with musical supervision by Jason Howland (Beautiful, West End & Broadway), choreography by Lucie Pankhurst (Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse), set design by Andrew Riley (Songs for a New World at the St James andFlight at Opera Holland Park), costume design by Grace Smart (2015 Linbury Prize winner) and lighting design by Tony Award nominee Nick Richings (current UK tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert & The Rocky Horror Show).

 

20 – 28 Jan Edinburgh Playhouse * 0844 871 3014
30 Jan – 4 Feb Sunderland Empire * 0844 871 3022
6 – 11 Feb Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre * 0844 871 3011
13 – 18 Feb Southend Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351 135
20 – 25 Feb Oxford New Theatre 0844 871 3020
27 Feb – 4 Mar Grimsby Auditorium 0300 300 0035
6 – 11 Mar York Grand Opera House 0844 871 3024
13 – 18 Mar Bromley Churchill Theatre * 020 3285 6000
21 – 25 Mar Derry Millennium Forum 028 7126 4455
27 Mar – 1 Apr Belfast Grand Opera House 028 9024 1919
3 – 8 Apr Woking New Victoria Theatre * 0844 871 7645
10 – 15 Apr Blackpool Opera House 0844 856 1111
18 – 22 Apr Southampton Mayflower 023 8071 1811
24 – 30 Apr Manchester Palace Theatre * 0844 871 3019
2 – 6 May New Wimbledon Theatre * 0844 871 7646
8 – 13 May Bristol Hippodrome * 0844 871 3012
16 – 20 May Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre 01224 641 122
23 – 27 May Lowestoft Marina Theatre 01502 533 200
30 May – 4 Jun Brighton Theatre Royal * 0844 871 7650
6 – 10 Jun Torquay Princess Theatre 0844 871 3023
12 – 17 Jun Liverpool Empire * 0844 871 3017
20 – 24 Jun Dublin On Sale Soon
26 Jun – 1 Jul Llandudno Venue Cymru 01492 872 000
3 – 8 Jul Glasgow Kings Theatre 0844 871 7648
10 – 15 Jul Stoke Regent Theatre * 0844 871 7649
17 – 22 Jul Milton Keynes Theatre * 0844 871 7652
24 – 29 Jul Swansea Grand Theatre On Sale Soon
14 – 19 Aug Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre On Sale Soon

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Rob Stanway is the Editor of At The Theatre. He has reviewed the UK's best touring and west end theatre for over 10 years.

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