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Alice in Wonderland (1966) is a BBC television play, shot on film, based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It was directed by Jonathon Miller, then best known for his appearance in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe.

Miller's production is unique among live-action Alice films in that he consciously avoided the standard Tenniel-inspired costume design and "florid" production values. Most of the Wonderland characters are played by actors in standard Victorian dress, with a real cat used to represent the Cheshire Cat. Miller justified his approach as an attempt to return to what he perceived as the essence of the story: "Once you take the animal heads off, you begin to see what it's all about. A small child, surrounded by hurrying, worried people, thinking 'Is that what being grown up is like?'"[1]

The play featured a number of prominent British actors including Michael Redgrave (as the Caterpillar), John Gielgud (as the Mock Turtle), and Peter Sellers (as the King of Hearts), as well as two of Miller's fellow cast members from Beyond the Fringe, Peter Cook and Alan Bennett as the Mad Hatter and the Mouse, respectively. The title role was played by Anne-Marie Mallik, the 13-year-old daughter of a Surrey barrister, this being her only known acting performance. Wilfrid Brambell played the White Rabbit, Michael Gough (who later appeared in Tim Burton's 2010 film adaptation) and Wilfrid Lawson were the March Hare and the Dormouse, Alison Leggatt was the Queen of Hearts, and Leo McKern did a drag turn as the Ugly Duchess. The journalist and broadcasting personality Malcolm Muggeridge was the Gryphon. John Bird played the Fish Footman. The play also featured a young Eric Idle, several years before Monty Python brought him notice, uncredited as a member of the Caucus Race. David Battley appears briefly as the Executioner.

Interior scenes were shot at Netley Hospital, a mid-19th-century building that was demolished not long after the film was made.[2]

The courtroom scene was shot at the BBC's Ealing Studios and involved the building of the largest set that Stage 2 at Ealing had ever seen.[3]

Ravi Shankar wrote the music for the production, which was first broadcast on 28 December 1966.

References

  1. Thill, Scott (November 2003). "Jonathan Miller's Alice in Wonderland (1966) on DVD". Bright Lights Film Journal, Issue #42. Retrieved 14 June 2010.
  2. Also known as the Royal Victoria Military Hospital, Netley Hospital was the world's longest building at the time it was completed.
  3. David Martin A History of the BBC's Film Department (1983)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Through the Looking-Glass - "The Hunting of the Snark"
Characters
Alice - White Rabbit - Dodo - Bill the Lizard - Caterpillar - Duchess - Cheshire Cat - March Hare - Hatter - Dormouse - Queen of Hearts
King of Hearts - Knave of Hearts - Gryphon - Mock Turtle - Red Queen - White Queen - Red King - White King - White Knight
Tweedledum and Tweedledee - Sheep - Humpty Dumpty - The Lion and the Unicorn - Bandersnatch - Jubjub bird
Locations
Wonderland - Looking-glass world
Related topics
The Annotated Alice - Mischmasch - Works based on Alice in Wonderland (Films and television - Disney franchise)
Translations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Translations of Through the Looking-Glass
Adaptations
Films
1903 - 1910 - 1915 - 1931 - 1933 - 1949 - 1951 - 1966 - 1972 - 1976 - 1982 - 1985 - 1987 - 1988 (Czechoslovak) - 1988 (Australian)
1995 - 1999 - 2010
Stage
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (ballet) - Alice in Wonderland (musical) - Alice in Wonderland (opera)
But Never Jam Today (Carroll musical) - Wonderland (Wildhorn musical) - Peter and Alice (2013 play) - Wonder.land (Albarn musical)
Television
Fushigi no Kuni no Alice - Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Poems
"All in the golden afternoon..." - "How Doth the Little Crocodile" - "The Mouse's Tale" - "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat"
"You Are Old, Father William" - "'Tis the Voice of the Lobster" - "Jabberwocky" - "The Walrus and the Carpenter" - "Haddocks' Eyes"
"The Mock Turtle's Song" - "The Hunting of the Snark"
Sequels
A New Alice in the Old Wonderland (1895) - New Adventures of Alice (1917) - Alice of Wonderland in Paris (1966)
Alice Through the Needle's Eye (1984) - Automated Alice (1996) - Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There (2009)
Retellings
The Nursery "Alice" (1890) - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold in words of one syllable (1905)
Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland (2010)
Parodies
The Westminster Alice (1902) - Clara in Blunderland (1902) - Lost in Blunderland (1903)
John Bull's Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland (1904) - Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream (1904)
Imitations
Davy and the Goblin (1884) - The Admiral's Caravan (1891) - Gladys in Grammarland (1896) - A New Wonderland (1898)
Rollo in Emblemland (1902) - Justnowland (1912) - Alice in Orchestralia (1925)
Reimagining
Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1966) - Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) - Dreamchild (1985)
Adventures in Wonderland (1991) - The Looking Glass Wars (2006) - Alice (2009) - Malice in Wonderland (2009)
Alice in Wonderland (2010) - Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Literary
Alice in Murderland - Alice in the Country of Hearts - Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
Video games
Alice no Paint Adventure (1995) - Alice in Wonderland (2000) - American McGee's Alice (2000) - Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Alice: Madness Returns (2011)