Wendi Peters, Dave Willetts and Kerry Ellis to star in Wonderland






Music by Frank Wildhorn     Lyrics by Jack Murphy


Book by Jack Murphy & Gregory Boyd     UK adaptation by Ava Eldred





End & Broadway leading lady KERRY ELLIS guest stars in select venues…




TV and West End star Wendi Peters, much loved for her acclaimed portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown inCoronation Street, will headline the upcoming 2017 UK tour of Wonderland as Queen of Hearts alongside musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts, who has previously starred in tours of South Pacific, 42nd Street andSeven Brides for Seven Brothers, as White Rabbit.


West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis, best known for playing Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked, will guest star as Alice in select venues around her concert commitments. She will appear in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bromley, Woking, Manchester, Wimbledon, Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Stoke and Milton Keynes.


Completing the principal cast are Stephen Webb as Jack / White Knight, Natalie McQueen as Mad Hatter, Kayi Ushe as Caterpillar, Dominic Owen as Cheshire Cat, Ben Kerr as March Hare and Carolyn Maitland as Alternate Alice / Mad Hatter. They are joined by an ensemble comprising Sharif Afifi, Toyan Thomas Browne, Divine Cresswell, Jessica Croll, Francesca Lara Gordon, Benjamin McMillan, Bree Smith, Benjamin Yates and swings Lewis Easter and Collette Guitart.


Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland debuts at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Friday 20th to Saturday 28thJanuary 2017 ahead of an extensive UK tour.


In addition to the previously announced dates, the inaugural UK tour of Wonderland has added Swansea and Bournemouth to its nationwide schedule, both of which will be on sale soon.




Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. Here a timely and touching story of love in all its forms, it’s an adventurous exploration of who we are, who we want to be and the power of everyday magic in our lives.


In the tradition of the best stage musicals, Wonderland boasts a catchy score full of songs from Frank Wildhorn, writer of pop hits including Whitney Houston’s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’ and theatre classics including ‘This is the Moment’ from his internationally acclaimed show, Jekyll & Hyde.


Wendi Peters has worked extensively on both stage and screen, but it was the iconic role of Cilla in Coronation Street which truly made her a household name. Her appearance led to her being asked on numerous TV programmes such as Celebrity Sewing Bee for Children In Need, Celebrity MastermindThe F Word with Gordon Ramsay and Celebrity Masterchef, where she reached the finals. Wendi currently plays regular character Cook Jenkins in BBC’s Hetty Feather. Alongside her screen work, Wendi is in much demand as a stage actress with recent credits including Hatched ’n’ Dispatched (Park Theatre), Oh What a Lovely War! (UK Tour) and White Christmas (Dominion Theatre).


Dave Willetts is one of the UK’s foremost musical theatre stars having played numerous leading roles including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (London and Australia), Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera(London and Manchester), for which he won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Performance, Old Deuteronomy in Cats (London), the title roles in Jesus Christ Superstar (London and Europe), Sweeney Todd (UK Tour) and Sunday in the Park with George (UK Tour), Max Von Mayerling in Sunset Boulevard (London), and Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street and Professor Callaghan in Legally Blonde (all UK Tours). Dave has also made many international concert appearances, including performances at the concert halls of Monterey, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Munich as well as the Royal Albert Hall. His latest album, Once in a Lifetime, celebrates 25 years in show business.


Kerry Ellis is the leading lady of her generation. Her extensive theatre credits include Grizabella in Cats, Nancy in Oliver!, Fantine in Les Misérables, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Meatloaf in the original cast of We Will Rock Youand Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady, as well as Svetlana in Chess in concert at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Josh Groban and Idina Menzel. As well as her theatre career, Kerry performed her own solo tour around the UK culminating in a sell-out performance at the London Palladium and the release of her own self-titled album. She also continues to tour and perform all over the globe with her long time writing and performing partner Queen’s Brian May. The pair are due to release a new album early next year.


Produced by Neil Eckersley, Wonderland has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd with UK adaptation by Ava Eldred. It is directed by Lotte Wakeham (Associate Director of Matilda, West End & Broadway), with musical supervision by Jason Howland (Beautiful, West End & Broadway), choreography by Lucie Pankhurst (Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse), set design by Andrew Riley (Songs for a New World at the St James and Flight at Opera Holland Park), costume design by Grace Smart (2015 Linbury Prize winner) and lighting design by Tony Award nominee Nick Richings (current UK tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert & The Rocky Horror Show).




Neil Eckersley presents




Music by Frank Wildhorn

Lyrics by Jack Murphy

Book by Jack Murphy & Gregory Boyd

UK adaptation Ava Eldred


Directed by Lotte Wakeham

Musical Supervision by Jason Howland

Choreography by Lucie Pankhurst

Set Design by Andrew Riley

Costume Design by Grace Smart

Lighting Design by Nick Richings


UK TOUR 2017


20 – 28 Jan

Edinburgh Playhouse *

0844 871 3014

30 Jan – 4 Feb

Sunderland Empire *

0844 871 3022

6 – 11 Feb

Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre *

0844 871 3011

13 – 18 Feb

Southend Cliffs Pavilion

01702 351 135

20 – 25 Feb

Oxford New Theatre

0844 871 3020

27 Feb – 4 Mar

Grimsby Auditorium

0300 300 0035

6 – 11 Mar

York Grand Opera House

0844 871 3024

13 – 18 Mar

Bromley Churchill Theatre *

020 3285 6000

21 – 25 Mar

Derry Millennium Forum

028 7126 4455

27 Mar – 1 Apr

Belfast Grand Opera House

028 9024 1919

3 – 8 Apr

Woking New Victoria Theatre *

0844 871 7645

10 – 15 Apr

Blackpool Opera House

0844 856 1111

18 – 22 Apr

Southampton Mayflower

023 8071 1811

24 – 30 Apr

Manchester Palace Theatre *

0844 871 3019

2 – 6 May

New Wimbledon Theatre *

0844 871 7646

8 – 13 May

Bristol Hippodrome *

0844 871 3012

16 – 20 May

Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre

01224 641 122

23 – 27 May

Lowestoft Marina Theatre

01502 533 200

30 May – 4 Jun

Brighton Theatre Royal *

0844 871 7650

6 – 10 Jun

Torquay Princess Theatre

0844 871 3023

12 – 17 Jun

Liverpool Empire *

0844 871 3017

20 – 24 Jun


On Sale Soon

26 Jun – 1 Jul

Llandudno Venue Cymru

01492 872 000

3 – 8 Jul

Glasgow Kings Theatre

0844 871 7648

10 – 15 Jul

Stoke Regent Theatre *

0844 871 7649

17 – 22 Jul

Milton Keynes Theatre *

0844 871 7652

24 – 29 Jul

Swansea Grand Theatre

On Sale Soon

14 – 19 Aug

Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

On Sale Soon


* Kerry Ellis will guest star as Alice in these venues. The role of Alice for all other venues is yet to be announced.



For more details & online booking:









Frank Wildhorn


Neil Eckersley


Lotte Wakeham


Ava Eldred


Lucie Pankurst


Andrew Riley


Grace Smart


Nick Richings




Wendi Peters


Kerry Ellis


Stephen Webb


Natalie McQueen


Kayi Ushe


Dominic Owen


Ben Kerr


Carolyn Maitland




Sharif Afifi


Toyan Thomas Browne


Divine Cresswell


Jessica Croll


Francesca Lara Gordon


Bree Smith


Benjamin McMillan


Benjamin Yates


Lewis Easter


Collette Guitart