The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

By Glyn Robbins. Adapted from the book by C.S Lewis

Synopsis:

This is an ambitious project with a huge cast with fabulous costumes for all, plus inventive scenery, sound effects and lighting, but even if it’s a familiar story it still works. Ben Armstrong, Milly Palastre, James Langley and Jenny McGlynn carry the parts of the children well but all the cast are excellent, many taking more than one part. Bath Chronicle, July 2015

This delightful version of C.S.Lewis’s well-loved tale takes the audience on a magical journey to the land of Narnia, with four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. Entering Narnia through the back of an old wardrobe, they discover that this strange new world lies under the spell of the White Witch. Peopled with incredible individuals – fauns, giants, talking animals and other, far more sinister, creatures – Narnia is a land cursed, where it must remain forever winter and never Christmas.

To free Narnia and its inhabitants from the forces of evil, the children must fulfil an ancient prophecy. However, the White Witch is determined they will not succeed and plots their destruction. All would be lost if it weren’t for help in the shape of the mighty lion Aslan, and magic from Before the Dawn of Time. With Aslan at their side the children embark on a thrilling adventure to overthrow evil, fulfil their destinies and help good to triumph in Narnia.

Combining the considerable talents of Next Stage’s adult & youth companies, this rich and imaginative retelling of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will prove an unforgettable experience for all the family. Join Aslan and the children on their magical journey from a lamp post in the snow to the splendours of the castle at Cair Paravel. Fast-paced action, beautiful costumes, fantasy, fights, fauns and an original musical score, who could ask for more?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
This show was performed at The Minack Theatre, Cornwall in July 2015.

Director/s | Cast:

Ann Ellison

Ann Ellison

Director

Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong

Peter

Freya Bark

Freya Bark

Wild Wind

Lydia Cook

Lydia Cook

Mrs Macready

Amberley Couchman

Amberley Couchman

Sun Stream

Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn

Professor/Father Christmas/Giant Rumblebuffin

Lydia Gibbons

Lydia Gibbons

Dawn Light

Will Greensides

Will Greensides

Cruel Curse

Abi Harvey

Abi Harvey

Frozen Heart

James Head

James Head

Wold Bane

Felicity Ingledew

Felicity Ingledew

Ice Spirit

Georgia Langley

Georgia Langley

Storm Rider

James Langley

James Langley

Edmund

Ren Leming

Ren Leming

Mr Beaver

Jenny McGlynn

Jenny McGlynn

Lucy

Milly Palastre

Milly Palastre

Susan

Kris Rose

Kris Rose

Maugrim

Hannah Smyth

Hannah Smyth

The White Witch

Michael Stevens

Michael Stevens

Mr Tumnus

Flora Stone

Flora Stone

Star Gazer

Ellie Williams

Ellie Williams

Moon Rise

Judy Yeates

Judy Yeates

Mrs Beaver

Andrew Ellison

Andrew Ellison

Aslan (Bath)

Nicky Wilkins

Nicky Wilkins

Aslan (Cornwall)

Review/s of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:

Review 1: Real Narnian Magic

Thousands of children must have been taking a long hard look into the dark depths of their wardrobes, with the chilling howls of wolves echoing in their ears, after a visit to The Minack this week. Those lucky enough to have the hottest ticket in West Penwith have been treated to all the fantastical tricks the Land of Narnia can throw at them, in a production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe…click here to read the whole review.

By Janni Balow

Review 2: All the cast are excellent

An allegory, a fantasy, a best selling book about mythical talking creatures, a film, a play; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a tale appreciated by children and adults alike. Four children escape through the wardrobe of an old country house into this magic land where, as faun Mr Tumnus (excellently played by Michael Stevens) explains, “We had summer once,” but now there’s everlasting…click here to read the whole review.

By Philip Horton, Bath Chronicle

Review 3: This is a true company production

This is a classic tale for both young and old alike and a treat for the whole family. It is the first in the iconic “Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis detailing the discovery of the glorious but troubled land of Narnia at the back of the wardrobe where children can become Kings and Queens. The White Witch reigns with frozen hate and all wish for the return of Aslan, the Lion. This is a good production…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield, Theatre Bath

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