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Wonderland Film Series: Great Performances - Alice in Wonderland
Thursday, March 27, 2014
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Auditorium (3rd Floor)
A 1982 Broadway stage performance of Alice in Wonderland was telecast on PBS’s Great Performances in 1983. Directed by Kirk Browning, it was produced by PBS affiliate WNET in New York. Black-and-white papier-mâché costumes aimed to re-create the book's original artwork by John Tenniel.
The production was not recorded on film, but on videotape. It starred Kate Burton as Alice, and her father, Richard Burton as the White Knight. Other notable roles included Nathan Lane as the Dormouse, Geoffrey Holder as the Cheshire Cat and Eve Arden as the Queen of Hearts.
The production was a revival of actress-director Eva LaGalienne and Florida Friebus’ famous 1932 stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's novel. It had been presented on Broadway in 1982 with Ms. Burton in the lead, but with an otherwise different cast. The videotaping was not made in a theatre with a live audience, but in a television studio, much as the 1960 version of Peter Pan had been years before.