Curiouser and Curiouser

Next week the British Library hosts an Alice in Wonderland-themed event, prior to the release of Tim Burton’s colourful take on the classic 19th century tale

Next week the British Library hosts an Alice in Wonderland-themed event, prior to the release of Tim Burton’s colourful take on the classic 19th century tale…

Home to the original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, the British Library is set to stage Curiouser and Curiouser: The Genius of Alice In Wonderland next Wednesday (February 24) to celebrate the enduring appeal of Lewis Carroll’s 1862 story and the latest film version of Alice’s adventures, directed by Tim Burton, which opens in March. Tickets are still available for the event.

Cast members from the new film – Michael Sheen (White Rabbit) Matt Lucas (Tweedledum and Tweedledee) and Christopher Lee (The Jabberwock) – will be participating in the event and reading extracts from the book. There will also be an appreciation of the Alice stories by writer Will Self, a discussion with Burton’s producer Richard Zanuck and co-producer Joe Roth, and a screening of the earliest film version of the story from 1903, recently restored by the BFI and shown with a live piano accompaniment.

Prior to the event there will be a chance to visit a new display containing highlights of the British Library’s Alice material, showcasing the original manuscript – pages from which are shown here – pages from Carroll’s diaries, the Wonderland Postage Stamp-Case designed by Carroll and also illustrations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Salvador Dali.

The original Alice manuscript was hand written and illustrated by Lewis Carroll (the pseudonym chosen by mathematics don, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) in 1862.

Helen Broderick, curator of Modern Literary Manuscripts at the British Library says, “The appeal of Alice, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter are as strong today as ever and the British Library is delighted to be able to highlight the rich variety of Alice material that we hold dating from the story’s initial creation in the 1860s through to different translations, parodies and editions created in the 20th century by artists and writers as diverse as Salvador Dali, Mervyn Peake and Vladimir Nabokov.”

For more information on the British Libraries Alice collection go to and for details of next Wednesday’s event and to buy tickets, see the What’s On section. Disney’s Alice In Wonderland opens nationwide in 3D and 2D on March 5. To view the trailer, go here.

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