Alice in Wonderland
While sitting beside a river one day, Alice became bored and tired of listening to her sister and decided to chase a white rabbit down a rabbit hole. Here she found herself in a curious land: the white rabbit wore a pocket watch and waistcoat, and she could grow larger or smaller if she ate biscuits and drank potions.
She met many strange and wonderful creatures, and had lots of adventures before finally coming to the court of the Red Queen, where she was (almost) beheaded along with the Knave of Hearts, who was arrested for stealing tarts.
Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, was adapted as a ballet in two acts by Michael Charnley. It premiered at The Pavillion, Bournemouth on 2 July 1953 and the Royal Festival Hall on 9 July 1953. Belinda Wright performed the role of Alice and John Gilpin was the White Rabbit.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra