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Detail from poster for Emile Littler's production of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, 1933. Lovett Collection.
Detail from poster for Emile Littler's production of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, 1933. Lovett Collection.

ALICE LIVE!

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center in Lincoln Center will present the free multimedia exhibition Alice Live! The exhibition will trace the history of Lewis Carroll’s beloved Alice stories in live performance from their first professional staging to the present day.

Alice Live! will begin with an examination of Lewis Carroll’s own enthusiasm for entertaining and theatergoing and document the first professional stage production of Alice in London in 1886. Early productions will be illustrated with playbills, advertisements, and photographs, and New York productions will feature prominently in the exhibition. Posters, photos, audio, and video from Alice productions through the years will show developments in costumes, composing, scenic design, acting style, and even theatrical marketing. Alice Live! will cover not just theatre but ballet, opera, music, and even versions of the stories performed on ice and underwater. The exhibit will also include special elements just for children and younger visitors.

 

October 2nd, 2015 - January 16th, 2016 New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center

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From the Exhibition

Actress Kate Burton in a publicity shot fr. the Broadway revival of "Alice in Wonderland."

Kate Burton as Alice in the 1982 revival of the Eva LeGallienne adaptation. Photograph by Martha Swope. Martha Swope Collection, Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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