Judi Dench to Headline John Logan’s New West End Alice in Wonderland Play

Tony winner Dame Judi Dench is in discussion to play an aging Alice in a new take on Alice in Wonderland from Tony winner John Logan, according to the New York Post. Directed by Tony winner Michael Grandage, the West End play would also feature Ben Wishaw as Peter Pan. Should the London run become a success, producers are also hopeful for a Broadway mounting. 

Dench has appeared on Broadway in Twelfth Night, King Henry V, Amy’s View and Into the Woods. In London, Dench has appeared onstage in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Cabaret. Her many film and TV credits include Notes on a Scandal, Shakespeare in Love, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells and several James Bond films. Wishaw appeared off-Broadway in The Pride. His many film credits include Bright Star, I'm Not There, Perfume and BBC's The Hour

Logan won a Tony for Red, also his Broadway playwriting debut. Logan wrote the screenplay for the forthcoming Bond movie Skyfall, starring Dench, to be released in November 2012. His additional screenplays include Rango, The Aviator, Hugo and the film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Wonderland, Frank Wildhorn's musical also featuring a grown-up version of Alice returning to the magical land, played Broadway's Marquis Theatre for 30 performances in the spring of 2011.