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Dining With Alice

12–22 May 2011, Elsing Hall, Norfolk

Artichoke invited you to a truly unforgettable evening that imagined you’d followed in Alice’s footsteps, fallen down the rabbit hole and found yourself in Wonderland in the company of the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and even Alice herself.


Dining with Alice served up an enticing and enchanting Victorian feast in the romantic surroundings of the grounds of Elsing Hall – a gorgeous 15th century manor house complete with moat, serene parkland and formal garden. This unique event was conceived and directed by Hilary Westlake, with text by David Gale and music by Frank Millward, and a cast that included Trevor Stuart as The Mad Hatter, Di Sherlock as the Queen of Hearts and Gary Stevens as the White Rabbit

Each guest was transported straight to the heart of Lewis Carroll’s imaginary world in an evening which included a sumptuous al fresco dinner created by gastronomic magicians Bompas & Parr, in association with students from City College Norwich, and culminated in a musical entertainment under the stars.

Curiouser and curiouser…don’t you agree?  

Part of the Sky Arts Artichoke Season. Produced in collaboration with Norfolk & Norwich Festival. 

Creative Team

Conceived and Directed by Hilary Westlake

Text by David Gale

Music by Frank Millward

Production Design by Simon Corder

Sound Design by John Del’ Nero

Costume Design by Katy McPhee


In partnership with

With support from:

The Earl of Leicester - Holkham Estate

Vital Statistics

No. of Waiters

44 Volunteers and 20 Project Apprentices

Size of the Elsing Hall site

20 acres

No. of bottles of wine consumed


No. of chairs for diners


Time taken to reset the set each day

5 hours with 35 staff

No. of diners


No. of confused chickens at Elsing Hall


Age range of Volunteers

17 to 81

No. of plasters administered by St John Ambulance


No. of cattle eaten


Selected Media Coverage