Exhibition Opening on Saturday, 27 June 2020

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Experience a mind-bending journey into Wonderland

  • Opening on Saturday, 27 June 2020

  • The Sainsbury Gallery

  • Tickets available soon

Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

Exhibition Highlights

Ink illustration of the White Rabbit with pocket watch, umbrella and bowler hat, looking in panic at a piece of paper
Original drawing of the White Rabbit for the series Alice in Wonderland, Ralph Steadman, 1967. © Ralph Steadman Art Collection, 2019. All rights reserved.
Cheshire Cat, psychedelic poster, designed by Joseph McHugh, printed by Orbit Graphic Arts, published by East Totem West, 1967, California, US.
The Red Queen onstage wearing costume by Bob Crowley
Alice in Wonderland. The Royal Ballet. Zenaida Yanowsky © ROH, Johan Persson, 2011. Costumes by Bob Crowley
Illustration showing the mad tea party
Illustration from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by John Tenniel, first published edition, 1866, p.97. National Art Library. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Salvador Dali painting of A Mad Tea Party
Salvador Dali, A Mad Tea Party, 1969, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Lynne B. and Roy G. Sheldon, 1999.183.12_2. © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2019
Sepia-toned portrait of a woman with hand on hip, surrounded by foliage
Pomona, photograph of the 'real' Alice Liddell, by Julia Margaret Cameron, albumen print, 1872, England. Museum no. RPS.1271-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Colour illustration of Alice in a garden with flowers
Print by Peter Blake from a suite illustrating 'Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There'. 1970. © Peter Blake. All rights reserved, DACS 2019
Painting by Dorothea Tanning showing two girls in a corridor with giant sunflower
Dorothea Tanning, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1943. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019


Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
Background image: Zenaida Yanowsky as The Red Queen in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The Royal Ballet. Photography by Johan Persson / © ROH. Costumes by Bob Crowley