Lotte Wakeham: Theatre director of Wonderland

Lotte Wakeham: Theatre director of Wonderland

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She’s the theatre director behind Wonderland, the new musical take on the magical story of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

How good is Wonderland?
 
I think audiences will fall in love with the characters and songs. Our composer, Frank Wildhorn, started out in pop; he’s written hits for Whitney Houston and others and he's taken that talent and applied it to the wacky world of Lewis Carroll.

How did you get into directing?
When I was 16 the teacher who was supposed to be directing the school play got a promotion, which meant he was too busy to do the play. My drama teacher asked me if I wanted to have a go at directing it - which I did! I then went to university and carried on directing while I was there. I love having an idea for a show, assembling a great design team and a cast, then going into rehearsals and creating a piece of theatre.

Best production you’ve seen?
Hamilton
by Lin- Manuel Miranda, on Broadway. It's a show about the founding fathers of America, told through hip-hop and rap with a very diverse cast. The staging is stunning and the ambition of the writing is incredible. It's sort of exhausting to watch; the pace never lets up and you care so much about the characters.

Wonderland runs from 20 to 28 January at the Edinburgh Playhouse, visit www.wonderlandthemusical.com for info and tickets.

Lotte Wakeham / wonderland / musical

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