The Mad Hatter and Alice enjoy Norwich tea shop’s new brew
- Credit: Norwich Theatre Royal
The Mad Hatter and Alice enjoyed an extra special tea party in between rehearsals for a new show inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll story.
Alice Back In Wonderland, a spin-off from Alice in Wonderland, is being performed by Norwich Theatre Royal Youth Company at the city venue next week, and ahead of this Wilkinson's of Norwich has created a new tea blend to celebrate the show.
Matilda Bailes and Ali Hunt, who play Alice and the Mad Hatter, were invited to have the first taste of the new blend called Brew Me.
Debbie Harris, from Wilkinson's of Norwich, said: 'We wanted to create a drink that was terribly drinkable and sweet for Alice. We used our own blend of Earl Grey with some bergamot which is delicious. We added some orange oolong, some first-flush Darjeeling which is the champagne of teas, some wonderful rose petals and a few extra ingredients that we won't tell anybody about.
'As for the name, we knew about Eat Me and Drink Me being used in the Alice books so for this tea, we thought it should be called Brew Me.'
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And the verdict? Ali Hunt, aka The Mad Hatter, said: 'It is perfect for any tea party and not just one organised by my character. It tasted great and it was so great to have a blend inspired by the show.'
David Lambert has written and directed Alice Back In Wonderland which features hundreds of young people from the theatre's arts courses.
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He said: 'It sees Alice go back to Wonderland and meet up with characters like the Dormouse, The Mad Hatter and, of course, the nasty Red Queen from Looking Glass Land who is up to no good. There is lots of adventure and lots of laughs. It is for all ages young to old and is a perfect start to the summer holidays.'
Alice Back In Wonderland is at Norwich Theatre Royal from July 26 to 29. Tickets £7-£12. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.