Alice in Wonderland is the story that spawned a thousand adaptations, the latest of which is currently playing at the National Theatre. After a lukewarm reception in Manchester, Damon Albarn’s musical has comes to try its luck with Londonders.

Loosely based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Albarn and his collaborators, scriptwriter Moira Buffini and National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris, have hoiked the coming of age story into the twenty-first century by substituting Alice’s Wonderland for Aly’s, a mobile game that allows the user to escape their problems by entering the game as an avatar.

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In Defence of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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Photo: Alastair Muir

I have a confession to make.

I’m a musicals fan.

I’m not just talking about the hip musicals like Rent, or the impossible-to-hate musicals like Book of Mormon, or the constantly-shoved-down-your-throat musicals like Les Miz. I love the really cheesy ones. The all-singing, all-dancing ones stuffed with terrible Southern accents, flouncy skirts and questionable plots.

This obsession may go some way to explain why I spent last Saturday afternoon sipping a glass of Pimms in the sunshine and cackling at a new production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

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5 Movies that should be Musicals


I had a little bit too much fun with this article. Sadly, I got excited and published it before I had a chance to add some extra song suggestions for Harry Potter: The Musical (‘Haasssssaaaaathyyyyyythhhh’ – a song entirely in Parseltongue, and a duet by Hermione’s eyebrows, were two highlights that just missed the cut).

Anyway, have a read and please let me know your own suggestions. I could play this game all day!