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A Huge ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Exhibition Is Coming To London Next Year So Mark Your Diaries

A Huge ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Exhibition Is Coming To London Next Year So Mark Your Diaries

In 1865, a Victorian mathematician wrote a fairytale that would go on to bear parallel lives as one of the world's most beloved children's books. And in celebration, the V&A has just announced it will be launching a massive exhibition dedicated to Alice in Wonderland next year, 155 years since the Lewis Carroll novel was published.

Credit: Alice in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet. Zenaida Yanowsky ©ROH, Johan Persson, 2011.
Credit: Alice in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet. Zenaida Yanowsky ©ROH, Johan Persson, 2011.
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A surreal story that follows seven-year-old Alice and a talking rabbit into an underground world of weird and wonderful characters, the classic tale has since inspired a number of adaptions and film remakes, including Tim Burton's 2010 film starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.

Credit: Disney
Credit: Disney

The dedicated exhibition will explore the story's "origins, adaptions and reinventions over 157 years", charting the evolution of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon loved by adults and children alike.

While there's still a little while to wait until the exhibition opens its doors, there's plenty to look forward to.

From art and film to fashion and photography, no stone is left unturned and comprises of 350 exhibits including costumes from the 2011 Royal Ballet production, which featured its former principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky as the Queen of Hearts.

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Credit: PA Images
Credit: PA Images

We'll also get a look at Salvador Dali's rare 1969 surrealist illustrations of the characters as well as John Tenniel's original Alice sketches and early artwork for Walt Disney's 1951 film adaption.

Aside for the Johnny Depp blockbuster, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been adapted into a seemingly endless number of films, TV series, comic books, video games and more since its launch, with the first film adaption released in 1903. This eight-minute silent short film employed impressive special effects for the time, accommodating the fantastical world of the story.

Credit: Disney
Credit: Disney

Disney's animated adaption - undoubtedly the most well-known - came out in 1951, while a 1999 TV movie Alice counted Ben Kingsley, Martin Short and Whoopi Goldberg among its stars.

The exhibition will be running from 27th June 2020 until 10th January 2021, with tickets going on sale in the spring.

You won't want to be late for this very important date.

Featured Image Credit: V&A Museum/Johan Persson

Topics: Entertainment, Events News, Alice in Wonderland

Naomi Chadderton

Naomi is a freelance journalist working for Pretty 52. After graduating from The University of Nottingham, Naomi moved out to Dubai where she worked for Grazia Middle East and Harper's Bazaar Arabia. She is now back home and enjoying the London life.

 

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