The National Ballet of Canada | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland breaks box office record

June 28, 2011

Breaking Ballet News

National Ballet of Canada | Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Breaks Box Office Record

June 28, 2011… The National Ballet of Canada today announced that Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the highest grossing main season production in the company’s history. A total of 27,180 people attended 13 performances for an overall capacity of 98% and $2,236,849 in box office revenue. 

choreographer watching rehearsals

Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Photograph : Sian Richards

A co-production with The Royal Ballet (UK), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was enthusiastically embraced by Toronto audiences with standing ovations at every performance. The production completely sold out with many people turned away at the box office. For the last weekend patrons started lining up for rush and standing room tickets at 3:30 in the morning!

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland closed The National Ballet of Canada’s 2010/11 season. The company celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2011/12. The season launches on November 16, 2011 with the world premiere of a new production of Romeo and Juliet by the acclaimed Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.

Thomson Reuters presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Lead philanthropic support for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland provided by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet with additional support generously provided by The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Richard M. Ivey, C.C., Rosamond Ivey, Robert & Judith Lawrie and Wallace & Margaret McCain.

The company would like to thank the following donors who have made a generous contribution in support of a particular role:

Richard M. Ivey, C.C. for Alice

Gretchen Ross for the Queen of Hearts

David & Torunn Banks for the King of Hearts

Fiona Garland & Andrew Bentley for the Flamingos

Nancy Pencer for the Cheshire Cat

Generously supported by The Monument Trust in memory of Simon Sainsbury.

Generous philanthropic support from Sir Simon and Lady Robertson, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Robert and Kathleen Wallace, Celia Blakey, Sue Butcher, Marina Hobson MBE, Peter Lloyd, Kristina Rogge and Richard and Victoria Sharp.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is presented as part of Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity.

BMO Financial Group presents Romeo and Juliet.

Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra & Jim Pitblado with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation; and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

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