Former soap favourite and stage actress Wendi Peters will star alongside West End leading man Dave Willetts in the 2017 UK tour of Frank Wildhorn’s Tony Award-nominated Wonderland.
Peters, who starred in the UK tour of Oh What a Lovely War!, will play the Queen of Hearts opposite Willetts (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) as the White Rabbit in a production which will also feature West End leading actress Kerry Ellis as Alice in selected venues.
Completing the principal cast are: Stephen Webb as Jack/White Knight, Natalie McQueen as Mad Hatter, Kayi Ushe as Caterpillar, Dominic Owen as Cheshire Cat, Ben Kerr as March Hare and Carolyn Maitland as alternate Alice/Mad Hatter. They are joined by an ensemble comprising Sharif Afifi, Toyan Thomas Browne, Divine Cresswell, Jessica Croll, Francesca Lara Gordon, Benjamin McMillan, Bree Smith, Benjamin Yates and swings Lewis Easter and Collette Guitart.
Following sold-out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, Wonderland debuts at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Friday 20 to Saturday 28 January 2017, ahead of an extensive UK tour.
In addition to the previously announced dates, the inaugural UK tour of Wonderland has added Swansea and Bournemouth to its nationwide schedule.
Ellis, who will fit her appearances in the show around her concert schedule, is due to appear in in Edinburgh, Sunderland, Birmingham, Bromley, Woking, Manchester, Wimbledon, Bristol, Brighton, Liverpool, Stoke and Milton Keynes.
Produced by Neil Eckersley, Wonderland has music by Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy and book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd. Th UK adaptation is by Ava Eldred.
The production will be directed by Lotte Wakeham (associate director of Matilda, West End and Broadway), with musical supervision by Jason Howland (Beautiful, West End and Broadway), choreography by Lucie Pankhurst (Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse), set design by Andrew Riley (Songs For a New World at the St James and Flight at Opera Holland Park), costume design by Grace Smart (2015 Linbury Prize winner) and lighting design by Tony Award nominee Nick Richings (current UK tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Rocky Horror Show).