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The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Young psychotherapist Ernest has a PhD in normalization, but he has his work cut out for him. At his new job in the Institute for Extremely Normal Behaviour, his patients all seem to be a long way from being ‘normal’. There’s Alice, who doesn’t know what size her body should be. The White Rabbit’s OCD means he’s always late. And the Queen of Hearts seems to have a serious problem controlling her anger.

But as Ernest gets to know his Wonderland ward, he begins to ask himself: what’s so great about being ‘normal’? Slowly and surely Ernest embraces his own differences, and learns with his new friends to celebrate the things that make us who we are.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, produced by The Royal Ballet Studio Programme, had a sell-out run at its premier in 2014 at The Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio. It returned in 2016, reimagined for the unique space of the Roundhouse.

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company used its energetic and accessible style to reinvent Lewis Carroll’s original story in an imaginative, 21st-century way, exploring perceptions of mental illness and what counts as ‘normal’. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party brought together regular ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company collaborators Ben Stones, with his innovative and colourful set designs, and the musical team Josh Cohen and DJ Walde – making this tea party the perfect family treat or alternative night out.

  • 4 stars
  • 4 stars

For more information on booking this production please contact Chantal Spiteri at