NEWS: Casting announced for wonder.land at Manchester International Festival

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The new musical from Damon Albarn, based on Lewis Carroll’s iconic characters, will premiere at MIF15 with a cast featuring  Rosalie Craig. Casting is announced for the Manchester International Festival run of wonder.land, a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s iconic Alice in Wonderland, with music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe, Handbagged), directed by National Theatre Director Rufus Norris. The MIF cast will include Sam Archer, Lois Chimimba, Rob Compton, Rosalie Craig, Ivan De Freitas, Luke Fetherston, Hal Fowler, Anna Francolini, Lorraine Graham, Paul Hilton, Karina Hind, Holly James, Sam Mackay, Daisy Maywood, Enyi Okoronkwo, David Page, Golda Rosheuvel, Cydney Uffindell-Phillips and Witney White. wonder.land is a Manchester International Festival/National Theatre co-production. Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, National Theatre and the Théâtre du Châtelet. Award-winning costume designer Katrina Lindsay joins the design team behind War Horse - set designer Rae Smith, lighting designer Paule Constable and projection designers 59 Productions - for the new musical. Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris return to MIF after their acclaimed opera Dr Dee (MIF11, ENO 2012).  Following its premiere at Manchester International Festival 2015, wonder.land plays in repertoire at the NT’s Olivier Theatre from November 2015 until April 2016 and will visit the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in June 2016.  Casting for these dates is to be announced. Creative team: Damon Albarn, Music Moira Buffini, Book & Lyrics Rufus Norris, Director Rae Smith, Set Designer 59 Productions, Projections Katrina Lindsay, Costume Designer Paule Constable, Lighting Designer Paul Arditti, Sound Designer Javier De Frutos, Choreographer David Shrubsole, Music Supervisor James Bonas, Associate Director LISTINGS wonder.land PALACE THEATRE, OXFORD STREET, MANCHESTER, M1 6FT PRESS NIGHT: THU 2 JULY, 7.30PM 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 JULY, 7.30PM 5, 8, 11, 12 JULY 2.30PM PREVIEWS 29, 30 JUNE, 1 JULY 7.30PM Tickets £45 - £18 (no per ticket booking fee; transaction fee applies) Concessions available Box Office: www.mif.co.uk | 0844 817 7654 £12 tickets for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage, available on a first come first served honesty basis Age recommendation: 10+
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Matt has been a theatre fan since childhood, regularly visiting theatres in his native Portsmouth and surrounding areas. He has been reviewing for some time, initially for local press outlets before starting his own site, Sitting in the Cheap Seats, in 2013. These days he can generally be found in the front row of the balcony in a theatre in the Southwest (or on trips to London), quietly thankful he is short enough not to notice the lack of legroom!

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