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Theatre Review By Matt Jameson: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Visually stunning, taking us right back to child hood, an adventure we all remember… who’d of thought even I wanted to go back into the closet!? Step in to the magical world of Narnia as the West Yorkshire Playhouse takes us on an incredible journey in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

The classic novel by C.S. Lewis is brought to life in the most extraordinary way as we experience this enchanted world in the round as the Quarry Theatre is completely transformed. Viewing the action from all angles is fantastic and the staging and choreography makes for an amazing spectacle. As the four children Susan, Lucy, Peter and Edmund are sent to the country during the war to a strange old house with an eccentric owner, it’s not long before their exploring uncovers the wardrobe. There they meet the lovable Mr Tumnus (Peter Caulfield) and an array of other creatures in the lands everlasting winter brought on by the White Witch (Clara Mendonca). The story unfolds with betrayal and magic and of course the great Lion Aslan (Iain Johnstone) there to guide the fated children to their destiny.

The whole production is spellbinding, making us feel part of the action right there in the middle of this incredible world where good versus evil is the ultimate batter to fight! Clara Mendonca as the White Witch is out of this world, dark, enchanting and filling everyone full of fear. Her costume consuming the stage encapsulating her powers and control over Narnia, awesome! Every member of the cast shine through as the friendly and not so friendly creatures creating this imaginative land of wonder and mystery. The perfect treat to escape this Christmas, just remember, don’t eat the Turkish Delight!

More Information on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis’ classic tale leaps off the page and on to the stage this Christmas… The Magic awaits!

Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter for the most mystical of adventures to a faraway land where it’s always winter, but never Christmas…

Wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest white Witch…

Following the magically inventive Peter Pan at the National Theatre and the critically acclaimed sell-out tour of Jane Eyre, Sally Cookson explores this timeless story of magic, mischief and mayhem in a spellbinding new production.

a theatrical miracle”  The Times   

“full-spectrum winter spectacle” The Observer  

“Exhilarating” The Stage   

“Visually stunning” Leeds City Magazine & City Dweller Magazine  



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