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The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

  • 4 stars
  • 4 stars

About the show

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.

Creative Team

Director and writer: Kate Prince
Choreography: Kate Prince and members of the company
Music: Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
Lyrics: Kate Prince, Josh Cohen and DJ Walde
Set and costume design: Ben Stones
Lighting design: Andy Murrell
Sound design: Martin Adams and Thomas Thompson

Book a screening or workshop

If you’re a venue, school or organisation and would like to bring this magical production to your audiences, get in touch.

ZooNation also offer industry led workshops, ideal for school, community and educational groups who would like to discover more about the creative process, choreography and characters behind the show.


Coming soon: Download The Mad Hatter's Tea Party Resource Pack

Soon we’re releasing a brand new educational resource pack jam packed with interviews, REP routines from the show, insights on the creation of the production and much more!

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Own the soundtrack

Support ZooNation and our talented artists by purchasing the official The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party soundtrack. Featuring much loved tracks from the show including Funk it up, Hatter’s House and Wonderland. 

Purchase on Apple Music

For production and commercial screening enquiries please contact Sandra Castell-Garcia