When wonder.land premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July, reviews were decidedly mixed. National press who made the trip north were underwhelmed, bestowing a raft of three-star ratings, while local critics were kinder, bumping it up to a four-star show. In the intervening months, rumour has it, there’s been extensive redevelopment of this digital-age Alice in Wonderland, the latest collaboration between composer (and Blur frontman) Damon Albarn and director Rufus Norris (now at the NT helm).
So… have time and tinkering improved wonder.land, now receiving its London premiere at the National Theatre?
Unfortunately not, judging by the overnight reviews. A quick scan shows two stars seem to be the norm this time round. While many critics applaud the ambition of the project and are dazzled by the computer-generated projections that bring the online world to life, they remain less impressed by the overall sum of the musical’s parts.
I’ve rounded up the latest round of reviews, news and features on wonder.land below – click here to see my previous Press Pass from the show’s Manchester opening.