FILM TV AND MEDIA CHRONOLOGICAL LIST

Adaptation List: Faithful adaptations (Film, TV, radio and other media)


A list chronicling adaptations of the Alice novels (excluding reimaginings)

With help from the bloggers Still-she-Haunts-me-phantomwise and Curiouser and Curiouser.

Also with the contributions of EmilieDuTurfu

This is a collaboration between friends, with Phantom and curiouser finding an awful lot of things and doing a awful lot of hard work. I found a few things, but this is just a document of what we all did and continue to do. 

This is hopefully the most cohesive TV and film timeline of Alice adaptations around. 

You're welcome to use this as a resource, as long as you credit our research. 

FILM

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1903 Alice in Wonderland
  • Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
Silent film from the UK, some parts are missing

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1910 Alice's adventures in Wonderland

  • Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
Silent film, US, in a private collection. Never commercially released. A video was gifted to the Lewis Carroll Society of North America in 2016. 

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1915 Alice's adventures in Wonderland

Adaptation of: Parts of both books

Silent film, USA, not complete as the film went through various re-releases where it was cut several times. A looking-Glass adapting segment was shot, lasting two hours.

1927 Mountaineer Players's Alice in Wonderland 

Adaptation of: Parts of both books

Silent film, USA. From a theatre company. Based on a pre-existing play, Mrs Burton Harrison’s 1898 script version, notable for an added romance between the White Rabbit and the Duchess. Still-she-haunts-me-phantomwise found information and a video on this version. 

1931 Mountaineer Players's Alice's adventuring in Wonderland

Adaptation of: Parts of both books

Silent film, USA, by the same theatre company as the last entry. Still-she-haunts-me-phantomwise found information and a video on this version. 
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1931 Alice in Wonderland

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

USA, First “Talkie”  Released, but has missing scenes. 

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1933 Alice in Wonderland 

 Adaptation of: Parts of both books

USA, massive Hollywood adaptation loosely based on Eva La Gaillenne’s Broadway stage adaptation, but with a more convoluted plot structure. A commercial failure at the time.

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1949 Alice in Wonderland 

 Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

France, technicolour part live action, part stop motion animation by Lou Berlin, Released, but in generally horrible condition. There are at least 2 versions of this film with differing sequences, one in French and one in English. Walt Disney famously tried to stop distribution of this film in America, as he perceived it as competition for his 1951 animation. 

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1951 Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland 

 Adaptation of: Parts of both books

The famous animation had a interesting history and several scripts before arriving at this version.

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1972  Alice’s adventures in Wonderland   

 Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, with one scene from Through the Looking-Glass

Big budget UK Musical, released and as of 2018's Moving Picture Archive restoration, finally in good condition.

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1988 Neco z alenky (Alice)

 Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

Czech surrealist film by Jan Svankmajer, using live action in the form of Alice and stop motion animation for everything else. Recently released on blu-ray with the original Czech language track by the BFI in the UK.  



TV Broadcasts and Made for TV




  1937 BBC Theatre Parade: Alice Through the Looking-Glass   

 Adaptation of: Parts of both books

UK, Television performance which was filmed live. 

1937 BBC Alice Through the Looking-Glass

Adaptation of: Through the Looking-Glass

UK, television performance performed live four times.

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1944 Alice in Wonderland 

 Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

USA, TV production of Eva la Gaillenne’s Broadway play, probably performed live. 
Only picture I can find of the 1946 Alice starring Vivian Pickles

1946 BBC Alice in Wonderland  

UK TV production performed live twice.

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

1948 Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass  

 Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

UK BBC production. Probably lost.  

1949 Through the Crystal Ball: Alice in Wonderland  

 USA, TV performance which was recorded but then lost. 

1950 The Ford Theatre Hour: Alice in Wonderland

Adaptation of: Parts of both books

USA TV performance, still exists in an archive.
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1951 Alice au pays des merveilles (Alice in Wonderland) 

French TV Production performed live. 



1954 Alice in Wonderland  

 Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

UK, Televised ballet by London Festival and the BBC. 

1954 WOR-TV's Alice in Wonderland 

Adaptation of: Currently unknown.

USA, TV performance, 1 hour long. Condition Unknown.

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1955 Hallmark Hall of Fame: Alice in Wonderland  

 Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and parts of Through the Looking-Glass

USA, TV production of Eva la Gaillenne’s play. Black and white version. 



1956  BBC, Alice’s adventures in Wonderland 

BBC UK television production. Unknown condition. 

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
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1960  The Adventures of Alice

Adaptation of: Parts of both books.

BBC UK, Televised Opera, condition currently unknown.
1962  The B.P Super show: Alice in Wonderland  

Adaptation of: Parts of both books.

Australian TV adaptation of a successful stage musical. Condition unknown, brief clip available online. 
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1966 Jonathan Miller’s Alice in Wonderland 

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

BBC, Jonathan Miller’s black and white, dreamlike Victorian dress TV version

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1966 Channel Niners club: Alice in Wonderland  

Australian TV series.  Condition unknown. 

1970 Alice au pays des merveilles (Alice in Wonderland)  

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

France, Experimental TV version shot entirely on blue screen. I helped find a video and a bit of information about this version. Officially released and now online via French streaming site INA. 


1973 Thames TV’s Alice Through the Looking glass   

 Adaptation of: Through the Looking-Glass

A UK TV series, made up of 12 Short episodes. Condition currently unknown.

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1973 BBC's Alice Through the Looking-Glass 

Adaptation of: Through the Looking-Glass

BBC UK TV production shot almost entirely on blue screen. Released. 

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1974 Nel Mondo di Alice (In the World of Alice)   

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Italian TV series. The series consists of four episodes, two for each book. On DVD but notoriously hard to find. Streaming on RAI play in Italy only. 

1976 Alicia en el pais de las maravillas (Alice in Wonderland)   

Adaptation of: Parts of both books

Surreal 1970s set Argentinian TV adaptation. Not officially released but posted online.  

1977 Manga sekai mukashi banashi (Alice in Wonderland) 

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

Japanese animation dubbed into English and posted online.

1981 Alisa v strane chudes (Alice in Wonderland) 

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

Russian animation using traditional animation and paper stop motion animation.
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1982 Alisa v zazerkayle (Alice Through the Looking-Glass)  

Adaptation of: Through the Looking-Glass

Sequel to the above Russian animation. Also uses traditional animation and paper stop motion animation. 

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1982 Alice at the Palace

Adaptation of: Most of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and most of Through the Looking-Glass

USA, Televised version of the musical “Alice in Concert” by Elizabeth Swados. There are several differences between the musical and this filmed version.

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1982 Children’s Theater Company: Alice in Wonderland  

Adaptation of: Parts of both books

USA, Televised stage play by the Children’s theater of Minneapolis. Released on VHS and online.
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1983  Great Performances: Alice in Wonderland  

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

USA, Televised stage revival of Eva la Gaillenne’s Broadway play. La Gaillenne herself was involved in this production. 

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1985 Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass 

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

USA, Massively ambitious made for TV musical film shown over two nights. 



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1985 Anglia Television’s Alice in Wonderland 

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

UK, 5 part TV dramatization mixing live action with puppetry. Released online on youtube, although never officially released. 
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1986 BBC Alice in Wonderland   

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

UK, 4 Part TV dramatisation using blue screen and animatronics. Released on DVD in 2014. 



1986 Teatro di Sacco's Alicia

Adaptation of: Parts of both books.

Italy. A Televised (possibly on public access TV) recording of an outdoor theatre adaptation by Roberto Biselli.



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1994 Teatr Telewizyjny: Alicja W Krainie Czarow 

Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

Polish TV adaptation over 4 episodes. Exists in an archive.
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1998 Alice Through the Looking-Glass 

Adaptation of: Through the Looking-Glass

UK Channel 4 and Projector productions film, CGI effects with live action.

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    1999 Alice in Wonderland 

    Adaptation of: Parts of both books

    A USA/UK co production, shown on NBC in the US and Channel 4 here in the UK. Made by Hallmark entertainment and featuring lots of CGI effects.

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    2003 Alice de l’autre cote du miroirs (Alice through the Looking-Glass) 

    Adaptation of: Through the Looking-Glass

    French modern day set animation. 

    2006 Chickenshed Theatre’s Alice’s adventures in Wonderland 

    Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    UK, theatre broadcast by Sky. Limited DVD release.


    2007 Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland  

     Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    German production of the world première of Unsuk chin’s Alice opera. Staging by Achim Freyer for Munich's Bayerische Staadsoper. 



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    2010 Petr Fomenko Theatre: Alice Through the Looking-Glass   

    Adaptation of: Through the Looking-Glass with two characters and scenes from Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.

    Russian, A TV Recording of a 2010 performance of a successful stage production.  

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    2011 Stas Namin Theatre of Music and drama: Alice in Wonderland 

    Russian, a TV recording of a 2011 performance of a successful stage musical. Thanks to curiouserandcuriouser for letting me know about this.


    2011, 2014, 2017, 2020 Christopher Wheeldon's Alice’s adventures in Wonderland 

    Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    UK. A recording of the 2011 World Première of Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet. Televised by the BBC.

    3 other recordings with differing casts have been since broadcast. a Sky Arts broadcast in 2014 with Sarah Lamb in the role of Alice, a cinema broadcast 2017 with Lauren Cuthbertson, and an archived stream from Danish National ballet in 2020 with Holly Dorger as Alice. 

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    2016  Jorma Elo's Alice in Wonderland

    Adaptation of: Parts of both books

    Finland. Livestream of a 2016 World Première of Jorma Elo's new ballet. Livestreamed and televised by YLE.

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    2020 Nacional ballet del Peru's Alicia

    Adaptation of: Alice's adventures in Wonderland

    Peru. Stream of a 2014 world premiere of Humberto Canessa's new ballet. Streamed online by Cultura24.


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    SEGMENTS AND SHORTS




    1986: Budil'nik Alarm: Alice in Wonderland

    Adaptation of: Alice's adventures in Wonderland

    Segments on Russian children's TV, adapting the chapters "Pig and Pepper" and "A Mad Tea Party" from Alice's adventures in Wonderland. Only "Pig and Pepper" has been found and posted online. Found by Still-she-haunts-me-phantomwise. 

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    1983  Alice Underground

    Adaptation of: Alice's adventures in Wonderland

    Kate Kline May's modern (well, 1980s) experimental adaptation of parts of Carroll's first book. Taking place around New York. 


    1989 De L'autre cote du miroir

    Adaptation of: Through the Looking-Glass

    12 minute segment for a French children's learning TV programme. Possibly missing other segments. Found by me. 
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    STRAIGHT TO DVD RELEASES

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    1973  Festival of Family Classics: Alice in Wonderland 

    Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    USA, A Rankin/Bass animation, traditionally animated.  

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    1988 Alice in Wonderland 

    Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    Australian, traditionally animated animation.

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    1994  Anime sekai no dowa (Alice in Wonderland) 

    Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    Japanese animation, exists on VHS and DVD in other countries.

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    1995 Jetlag and Goodtimes entertainment: Alice in Wonderland 

    Adaptation of: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland

    Animation, A co-production between Japan, the USA and Canada. 

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    2010 Peter Westeggard’s Alice in Wonderland  

    USA, A Recording of the 2008 revival of Peter Westergaard’s opera adapting the first book, which premièred in 2006.  

    FILMED THEATRE ADAPTATIONS VIEWABLE VIA APPOINTMENTS AT ARCHIVES.

    All theatre video searching is by me unless indicated. 

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    1994/1996 Stratford Festival Theatre's Alice Through the Looking Glass

    1994 recording of James Reaney's successful stage adaptation of Through the Looking Glass.

    1996 recording of the same show with a different cast. 



    1994 Pražské komorní divadlo's Alenka v říši za zrcadlem

    1994 recording of an experimental production of Through the Looking Glass by a respected theatre director. In Czech. 


    1999 Teatr Lalek Arlekin’s Alicja W Kranie Czarow (Alice in Wonderland)

    A recording of a 1999 puppet adaptation of bits of both books. In Polish.
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    2001 Adrian Mitchell and Royal Shakespeare Company's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

    A recording of the premiere production of Adrian Mitchell's adaptation of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
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    2005  Carl Davis and John Wells's Alice in Wonderland

    Recording of a 2005 revival of the Davis/Wells musical by West Yorkshire Playhouse.


    2005 Pražské komorní divadlo's Alenka v kraji divů (Alice in Wonderland)

    Recording of a 2005 production by Prague Chamber Theater. In Czech. 



    2008 Teatr Lalek’s Alicja W Kranie Czarow (Alice in Wonderland)

    A recording of a 2008 stage adaptation of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland 
    In Polish.

    2010 Teatr Maska’s Alicja Po Drugiej Stronie Lustra (Alice Through the Looking-Glass)

    A recording of a 2010 adaptation of Through the Looking-Glass. In Polish.


    2015 Hans Christian Andersen Theatre’s Alicja W Kranie Czarow (Alice in Wonderland)

    A recording of a 2015 adaptation of bits of both books. Geared towards a younger audience. In Polish. 

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    2015 Damon Albarn, Moira Buffini and Rufus Norris’s Wonder.land

    A Recording of the 2015 musical which places Alice in a 21st century online context. Recorded as part of the re-written musical's national Theatre run.



    2016 Teatr Baj Pomorski’s Alicja W Kranie Czarow (Alice in Wonderland)

    A recording of a dark 2016 puppet/Theatre adaptation of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. In Polish.
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    RADIO ADAPTATIONS


    1996  Hattie Naylor’s Alice in Wonderland

     BBC radio 4 dramatization of the first novel. 
































    2000 Hattie Naylor’s Through the Looking-Glass

     BBC radio 4 dramatization of the second novel.
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    2012 Alice Through the Looking-Glass: the Saturday Play

     BBC radio 4 dramatization of the second novel. 

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    GAMES

    Spectrum Computing - ZX Spectrum games, software and hardware

    1985 Alicia en el pais de las Maravillas

    Early text game for the Zx spectrum, based on Carroll's first book. Text by Luis E Juan. In spanish only.

    Information found by EmilieDuTurfu.
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    1985 /1992 Alice in Wonderland 

    Phillips CDI game inspired by the both books. Originally released for the commodore 64 in 1985, released with updated graphics for philips CDI in 1992.

    Information found by EmilieDuTurfu


    1998 Ally’s adventure Through the Glass

    Early point and click based interactive PC game adapting the second book to a modern context. and played from a first person perspective. Released in a limited way in 1998, updated again in 2000. 



    2001 Lexis Numerique’s Alice au pays des merveilles (Alice in Wonderland)

     Interactive PC game adapting the first book. Includes lots of carrollian references alongside the adaptation. Originally in French but dubbed into many languages. 

    French version information found by EmilieduTurfu.


    Adaptations of the Hunting of the Snark

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    1937 The Hunting of the Snark

    Very limited information. Aired on the BBC 1st of February 1937. May have been a musical or opera. Used H.D.C Peplers Masks and Mimes. 

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    1988 Mike Batt's the Hunting of the Snark

    1988 recording of a 80s pop musical adaptation. This concert version was slightly different to the 1991 final show, which flopped in London.
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    2020 Alice House Theatre's The Hunting of the Snark

    2020 Livestream of the 2016 family musical adaptation by Annabel Wigdoler. Streamed by London Theatre Online. 


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    1927 Children's Hour: The Hunting of the Snark (Reading) 

    The first Snark reading recorded in the BBC archive. This is from 1927 and features Muriel Levy as reader. Broadcast in 5 parts. 
    1929 Children's Hour: Three nonsense songs 

    Three Nonsense Songs composed by Victor Hely-Hutchinson which includes Snark. Broadcast in 3 parts.
    1941 Children's Hour: The Hunting of the Snark

    Radio dramatization, aired on the Home Service by the BBC.

    1945 The Hunting of the Snark (Reading)

    Read by Ralph Richardson.
    1948 The Hunting of the Snark (Reading) 

    Read by Cecil Trouncer. Broadcast in 2 parts.
    1952 The Hunting of the Snark

    Musical dramatization by Max Saunders. 
    1963 The Hunting of the Snark (Reading)

    Read by Alec Guinness.
    1984 BBC Radio 3: Douglas Young's The Hunting of the Snark

    Choral piece by Douglas Young based on the poem. 
    1992 The Hunting of the Snark (Reading and documentary)

    1992 reading and documentary by the BBC which explores several popular interpretations of Carroll's poem. 

    2000 Dylan Ritson's The Hunting of the Snark: Afternoon play

    BBC radio 4 dramatisation, airing the same year and on the same station as Hattie Naylor's Through the Looking-Glass! 
    2003 Poetry Please: The Hunting of The Snark

    BBC radio 4 programme. Roger McGough reads the poem, then introduces archived BBC recordings of it.
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    2015 Drama: The Hunting of the Snark

    BBC radio 4 dramatisation with songs by Katie Chatburn.