Southbank to create Alice in Wonderland 'immersive experience'

Southbank to create Alice in Wonderland 'immersive experience'

Macmillan and Southbank Centre have teamed up to put on an immersive theatre production to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

As part of the Imagine Children’s Festival, sponsored The Book People, which takes place from Monday 9th February to Sunday 22nd February, Southbank Centre will be transformed into a wonderland with Alice in Wonderland themed interactive installations, workshops and pop-up theatre.

Among the activities is an immersive theatre production entitled "Alice’s House of Cards" commissioned by Southbank Centre and in partnership with Macmillan Publishers.

"Alice’s House of Cards" will be a “rich theatrical experience that children will be encouraged to respond to, influenced by the imagery of the story’s original 1911 pressing and inspired by pop-up books and playing cards”.

The show will run from 14th to 22nd February.

Macmillan, the original publisher of Alice in Wonderland in 1865, also has two story-led events on the Imagine Children’s Festival programme, which are yet to be revealed, but will allow children explore their own Wonderland and meet the famous White Rabbit.

As well as Alice in Wonderland themed events and activities, other highlights of the festival will include a presentation by Russell Brand and Chris Riddell about their children’s book The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Canongate Books) and workshops by children’s authors and illustrators including Philip Ardagh, Lauren Child, Jonny Duddle, Anthony Horowitz, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Holly Smale, Cerrie Burnell, Jeremy Strong, Steven Butler, David O’Doherty and Judith Kerr.

Macmillan has already announced a series of re-releases to mark the 150th anniversary of Alice.