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Midsummer Murder and Magic at St Paul's Church

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS SUMMER, Iris Theatre is presenting William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Daniel Winder’s imaginative new adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.

Talking about his vision for Shakespeare’s vivid and bloody thriller, Artistic Director Daniel Winder said:

“Our unique participatory approach will bring a startlingly modern sensibility to this grandest of political tragedies. The production will be driven forward by a contemporary soundtrack. The audience will play an active role in the story, dancing in the Lupercalian festival, standing judgement in the senate, and striking against Caesar with the conspirators.”

In contrast, Iris’ new production of Alice in Wonderland will take the audience down a long dark rabbit hole from which they will emerge into the magical rose-filled gardens of St Paul’s; the setting for Alice’s imaginary childhood world. People will be invited to run a caucus race, play crochet with the Queen, have tea with the Hatter and dance a Lobster Quadrille.

The cast of Alice in Wonderland includes David Baynes, Nick Howard-Brown, Simon Kent, Matt Wilman and Laura Wickham as Alice. Andrew Lynford directs.

Iris patron, Thelma Holt C.B.E. said: “It is a privilege to be supporting a company that is treating the Bard as if he is in the Green Room, waiting to give notes. It shows and I admire it.”

Formed in 2007, Iris Theatre is based in the world famous St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, in the heart of Central London. Recent summer productions include As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wind in the Willows and Romeo and Juliet. Iris also uses its home regularly to showcase new musical theatre projects.


Julius Caesar runs from June 26 to July 26, 2013, with evening performances at 7.30pm and matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £16, £12 concession. Running time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

Alice in Wonderland runs from July 30 to August 31, 2013, with evening performances at 7pm and matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets cost £16, £12 concession. Running time is approximately 2hours.

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