Blackpool Winter Gardens is to be the setting for a unique experiment in indoor interactive events.
Alice Through the Winter Gardens will be presented from Tuesday September 13 to Sunday September 18 taking groups of up to 35 people on a stroll through the renovated venue in the style of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.
“This is a magical, original production celebrating the renaissance of one of Blackpool’s finest architectural treasures,” said a spokesman for the Liverpool-based company Hope Street Limited, which is presenting the event.
Armed only with a few peculiar props and their wits, audiences will hunt for clues, solve riddles and discover keys that unlock magic doors as they are guided around the Winter Gardens by an assortment of extraordinary characters.
Whether it’s joining the Mad Hatter at his tea party, playing croquet, meeting Tweedledum and Tweedledee, chasing the elusive Cheshire Cat or dancing with royalty, the many characters of Lewis Carroll’s Alice will entertain visitors with memories of this famous venue from the 1890’s, 1920’s and 1950’s.
The interactive production will weave theatre, film, illusion, music, dance and design to explore the building’s backstage secrets and front of house dramas.
“Alice Through the Winter Gardens is a unique opportunity in the venue’s 133 year history for audiences to see the villages in the Spanish Hall, the majesty of the Baronial Hall and tiptoe backstage at the Opera House,” the spokesman added. “Many beautiful rooms that have not been open to the public before will feature on the journey through the building.”
Councillor Graham Cain, Blackpool Council cabinet member for Tourism and Culture said: “With so much history and wonderful architecture the Winter Gardens will provide a perfect backdrop to this unusual production.”
Audience groups will be no larger than 35 allowing schools the opportunity to enjoy the show one class at a time.
Hope Street Limited has been producing theatrical spectaculars in unusual places for over 20 years. The complete performance will last for 80 minutes. The show is suitable for all ages.