" THE MUSIC AND THEATRICAL VISION OF PAUL BOYD ...
A TRULY CLASS ACT " Irish Times
Audiences will once again tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice in pursuit of the elusive White Rabbit, to discover a fantastic realm where nothing makes sense. On her journey Alice meets an assortment of strange characters, including the famous acting duo of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the unpredictable and hilarious Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter and members of his underground political movement the Tea Party including the March Hare and the Dormouse, and the seriously mad inventor The White Knight - overseen at all times by the enigmatic Cheshire Cat. Will Alice and her new friends defeat the Queen of Hearts? Will the laws be changed so that Alice can get home? And most importantly, will the Caterpillar overcome his air-sickness before he becomes a butterfly?
Short documentary marking the 20th Anniversary of Alice The Musical in 2018
2011 - Hogashi Playhouse, Nagoya
photos by Merry Artists Company
Trailer for the 20th Anniversary production featuring the newly-orchestrated score
1999 - An Grianán Theatre, Co. Donegal
photos by An Grianán Theatre, Co. Donegal
1998 - Lyric Theatre, Belfast
photos by Lyric Theatre, Belfast
The original 1998 Cast Recording
Re-released to celebrate pbm's 25th Anniversary
"a glorious concoction, one part Lewis Carroll, one part Graham Norton and one part Paul Boyd … reinjected with all the arch wit and musical punch that Boyd's mischievous vision can conjure up … a party from start to finish that has everyone going crazy. This is a show that reaches the hearts, minds and funny bones of all generations, with punchy storytelling, terrific music and nicely naughty grown-up gags" Irish Times
"Paul Boyd’s hugely energetic musical ... a new, magical adventure filled with music and mischief ... this sophisticated musical is a feast for the eyes ... very clever and very enjoyable ... this wonderland will prove a real winner" Belfast Telegraph
"an enchanting story, beautifully told by Boyd’s pounding score... Paul Boyd has the talent for composing musicals that hit just the right note" The Stage
"Paul Boyd’s music wonderfully reflects the preposterous world of Alice’s imagination ... a spellbinding production ... I was even won over by the big production numbers and the rousing finale had young and old enthusiastically throwing themselves into the spirit of things ... a great triumph" Irish News
"There is enough of the charm and magic of Lewis Carroll’s original tale, to keep even the youngest customers hooked, while adults will lap up the clever word play and naughty jokes, which somehow manage not to get in the way of the super ensemble performances and fine stagecraft of this engaging production ... the big finale number has the entire audience on its feet, going wild and crazy!" Sunday Life
2004 - Market Place Theatre, Armagh
photos by pbm
2008 - Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
photos by Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
2009 - Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Miami
photos by Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, Miami
Alice The Musical is a full stage production written for children and adults alike, and features a full score of memorable and catchy songs, from pop to rock, that climaxes in Paul Boyd's infamous seven-minute mega-mix finale that has had audiences around the world on their feet cheering for more!
Paul Boyd is the writer and composer of 23 professional stage musicals, including Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory (nominated for 5 Broadway World West End Awards in 2012), Pinocchio (nominated as Best Production for Children and Young People, TMA/UK Theatre Awards 2007), and The Haunting of Helena (double nominee for the Stiles & Drewe Award for Best Song from a New Musical 2010).
Lyric Theatre, Belfast December 1998 - January 1999
An Grianán Theatre, Co. Donegal December 1999
An Grianán Theatre, Co. Donegal August 2000
Civic Theatre, Co. Dublin December 2000 - January 2001
The Market Place Theatre, Armagh December 2004
The Pavilion Theatre, Co. Dublin January 2005
The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough December 2008
Actors’ Playhouse, Miami FL January - March 2009
Actors’ Playhouse, Miami FL October - November 2009
Higashi Playhouse, Nagoya, Japan August 2011
Actors’ Playhouse, Miami FL January - March 2015
Lyric Theatre, Belfast December 2018 - January 2019
Alice The Musical, Paul Boyd's acclaimed adaptation of the books by Lewis Carroll, is his most popular musical and has proved to be a big hit time and time again in productions around the world.
The show premiered in 1998 at Northern Ireland's national producing theatre, the Lyric Theatre Belfast, and the original production was nominated as Best Drama at the 1999 Belfast City Arts Awards. Since then Alice The Musical has been produced by theatres across Ireland, the UK, and in 2009 the show had its USA Premiere at the Actors’ Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre, Miami Fl, where it proved so successful that it was revived for a second time the same year, and again for another record-breaking revival in 2015. In 2011 Alice The Musical opened in a Japanese translation by Merry Artists Company at Nagoya City Higashi Playhouse, Japan.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018, Alice The Musical is finally returning to its original home at the Lyric Theatre Belfast for the first time since 1998, in a great all-new production directed by the author. Featuring a host of Lewis Carrol's most infamous characters, Alice The Musical tells the story of Alice's adventures in Wonderland and her attempts to escape the clutches of the notorious Queen of Hearts.