Damon Albarn Writes Alice in Wonderland Musical

Singer Damon Albarn has co-written a stage musical based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story Alice in Wonderland.
Titled Wonder.land, the show is part of the National Theatre’s first season under new artistic director Rufus Norris and will premiere at July’s Manchester International Festival.

The story follows 12-year-old Aly, who creates an online alter-ego as Alice and loses herself in a virtual world.

Albarn has written the music, and the script and lyrics are by Moira Buffini.
Norris, who will direct the show, said it was “stuffed full of infectious and exuberant songs”.

Buffini has previously written the plays Handbagged and Welcome To Thebes and the screenplays for Tamara Drewe, Jane Eyre and Byzantium.

She said,

“I have never written a musical before so I am in at the deep end – but with two wonderful collaborators in Damon and Rufus.
Alice offers a great challenge. Carroll’s stories and Tenniel’s drawings are hardwired into our subconscious; characters curious and bold, treading a line between dream and reality.
Finding a way to reinvent these icons for the digital age has been a fascinating journey.”

Wonder.land will open the Manchester International Festival on 2 July before moving to the National in November and then opening in Paris in 2016.

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