Cast and creative team announced for Derby Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland this summer

Published Saturday 13th Apr 2024
Derby Theatre is thrilled to announce the cast and creative team for their big family production of Alice in Wonderland this summer, a new version by Nicola Werenowska, on from Saturday 22 June until Saturday 6 July.

Alice in Wonderland, the Theatre’s 7th BSL integrated and Captioned family show, follows on from previous smash-hit family productions made in Derby where audiences of all ages can expect a wonderful and whacky theatrical adventure on a ridiculous and riotous adventure through Wonderland. All performances of the show will be BSL integrated and captioned, making it fully accessible to Deaf and hearing audience members.

A diverse cast of ten actors from the play 'Alice in Wonderland', presented in a lockup of headshots with neutral backgrounds. The actors display a variety of expressions and hairstyles, showcasing a range of characters likely to be encountered in the theatrical adaptation of the classic story.

The cast includes: 

BECKY BARRY as Dinah (Robin Hood and the Major Oak, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Treasure Island and The Jungle Book for Derby Theatre; The Jew of Malta, Snow in Midsummer, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Dido Queen of Carthage for the RSC; Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Christmas at the Snow Globe, Macbeth, The Duchess of Malfi for Shakespeare’s Globe).

NAOMI GRAY as The Mad Hatter and Queen Chief Signer (Waldo’s Circus of Magic & Terror for Extraordinary Bodies/Diverse City/UK tour; Down The Rabbit Hole for Charlotte Hoather Production Ltd/UK tour; The Frozen Snow Queen for D-Live/UK tour; Horrible Histories: The Dreadful Deaf for Birmingham Stage Co & Deafinitely Theatre/UK tour; History Of Ireland, Moxie Brawl for Brighton Fringe; Mirror Mirror for Red Earth Theatre, two UK tours; Robin Hood & The Babes In The Wood for CAST Doncaster and Julian Fellows Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder and The Feast Of The Goat (TV & film). 

RHIANNON HOPKINS as the White Rabbit and Dormouse (One Man, Two Guvnors for New Vic Theatre; Sleeping Beauty for Norwich Theatre Royal; A Christmas Carol for The Dukes, Lancaster; Dick Whittington for City Varieties, Leeds; Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World as a UK Tour; You, Me and the Rest of the World for Arts Theatre, London; Cinderella Rocks for The Garage, Norwich; Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story as a UK tour; Love Me Tinder for Karma Sanctum, London; Return to the Forbidden Planet for Upstairs At The Gatehouse, London; Sleeping Beauty for Norwich Theatre Royal and Funny Gals Friday for Arts Theatre, London). 

RHIANNON MAY as Alice (Silent Witness for BBC TV; The Riley Sisters for the British Film Institute London Film Festival; Silent Pride a short film for BBC’s LGBTQIA+; The Princess and the Pauper for Hordern Ciani and Swanage Rep Theatre Company and Crash Landing: A Theatrical Sensory Experience for International Deaf and Disabled Arts Festival, 2022).    

BROOKLYN MELVIN as Jack (The Emperor’s New Clothes for Derby Theatre; Oliver in Oliver Twist for Leeds Playhouse/Ramps on the Moon – nominated for Best Actor in The Stage Debut Awards 2020; Solar Reel Short Film for Solar Bear; Waldo’s Circus for Extraordinary Bodies; Sleeping Beauty for CAST; Holding/Holding On for National Theatre of Scotland; Squeezy Yoghurt short film for National Theatre of Scotland; Listening Party for Buzzcut) and Happiness Project for Solar Bear). 

APRIL NERISSA HUDSON as The Queen of Hearts (Robin Hood & The Major Oak, The Wind in the Willows, Home Girl, Treasure Island, The Little Mermaid for Derby Theatre;  A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Front Room Productions) and Doctors, Man Like Mobeen and Cake for TV. 

CAROLINE PARKER as Duchess and Dodo (Three Billy Goat’s Gruff for Hiccup Theatre, Derby Theatre and Polka Theatre; The Jungle Book for Derby Theatre; Shakespeare’s Richard III for Liverpool Playhouse/Rose Theatre Kingston; Much Ado about Nothing for Ramps on the Moon; Oliver Twist for Ramps on the Moon; The Wind in the Willows for Brewhouse Theatre Taunton; Cinderella for CAST Doncaster; Twelfth Night for Southwark Playhouse; The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night Time for National Theatre tour and Our Country’s Good for Ramps on the Moon plus Moving On, Doctors and Murphy’s Law for TV).  

EJ RAYMOND as Cook, Mouse and Crab (Night Classes for Unfolding Theatre; My Mother Said I Never Should for Fingersmiths Theatre/Sheffield; The House of Bernarda Alba for Graeae; Scavengers for Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Blood Wedding for Graeae; Mouth of Silence for Birds of Paradise; The Irish Giant for Birds of Paradise and Talking Hands: Hairy Lockdown What? Chase Identities and A Love Divided (short films). 

DOMINIC RYE as the Cheshire Cat (Robin Hood, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland for Derby Theatre; Peter Pan for Rose Theatre, Kingston; Jack and the Magic Beanstalk for Birmingham Rep; Catch That Beast! for Bucket Club; The Passion for Gatton Park Theatre; Siobhan Basset’s Hound of the Baskervilles for Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford; Treasure Island for Leicester Haymarket; Grimm’s Fairytales, Alice in Wonderland for Guildford Shakespeare Company; The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and Swallows & Amazons for Grosvenor Park Outdoor Theatre and Swallows & Amazons (Chester Storyhouse).  

CHIOMA UNA as the March Hare and Caterpillar (60th Anniversary UK tour of Joan Littlewood’s Oh What A Lovely War which toured to Derby Theatre; Brief Encounter for a UK Tour; Othello, Kiss Me Kate, Camelot for Watermill Theatre; BBC Doctor Who: Time Fracture for Hartshorn Hook Productions; The Witcher Maze Experience for Netflix; Dirty Dancing The Immersive Experience for Secret Cinema; The Nornen Project for Corrinne Curtis and This Time for Ockham’s Razor.  

The creative team for Alice in Wonderland is Nicola Werenowksa (Writer); Sarah Brigham (Director); Lilac Yosiphon (Associate Director); Jenny Sealey (Dramaturg); Mia Ward (BSL Consultant); Ziad Jabero. (Composer); Emily Bestow (Set Designer); Tim Heywood (Costume Designer); Alexandra Stafford (Lighting Designer); Ben Glover and Douglas Baker (Video Designers), Raffie Julien (Movement Director) and Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG (Casting Director).

As Alice lands in a unique underground world, she encounters an abundance of absurd, mysterious and magical characters and comes face to face with the heartless and tyrannical Queen. Alice’s arrival from beyond unnerves the Queen, but when the adventure becomes too much, will our lonely heroine return home…or will she stay and stand up to the madcap majesty?

Alice in Wonderland, bursting with brilliant original music, will capture the imagination and curiosity of children and adults alike, a production perfect for all ages that will stimulate and excite the senses at every twist and turn. 


Standard: £8 – £26
Under 26s: £11 – £24
16-25 Year Olds: £5 on Friday Evenings
Friends: 50% off preview performances & £5 off all other performances (Bands A & B only)
Schools and young person group rate: £12.50 plus 1 ticket free with every 10 purchased 

Best and recommended view for integrated captioning:
seats on rows D-H  

Bookings and enquiries can be made by calling the Box Office on 01332 593939, in person at the Theatre, online at or via text phone on 07717 346967. 

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