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Alice In Wonderland And Other Adventures With Lewis Carroll (DV Productions)

By | Published on Tuesday 16 August 2011

As a grandfatherly Lewis Carroll, Richard Smithies reads various episodes from ‘Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’, ‘Through The Looking Glass’, ‘The Hunting Of The Snark’ and ‘Sylvie And Bruno’, intermittently bursting into song. Although this show claims to be suitable for children, you need a very long attention-span to enjoy this, and it seems better suited to adults nostalgic for the original texts. Hearing the lesser-known work is more interesting than the recital of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, which has been so often adapted far more dramatically, while the songs, set to music by Smithies himself, are for the most part pretty forgettable, but it does end well with the most amusing ‘Mad Gardener’s Song’. Not curious, but quaint.

New Town Theatre, 4 – 28 Aug (not 16), 11.30am (12.30pm), £5.00 – £8.00 (F £22.00 – £25.00), fpp237.
tw rating 2/5