August 8, 2022

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Gillian Lynne Theatre | Theatre evaluate

CS Lewis’s 1950 guide has impressed many an adaptation. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe now returns to the stage with a spectacular manufacturing primarily based on the Sally Cookson model, first carried out in 2017. Directed by Michael Fentiman, the story of the 4 kids coming into the magical kingdom of Narnia comes alive superbly, because of mesmerising set gadgets, costumes, puppetry and magical illusions. It’s an actual feast for the eyes.

Set in Forties wartime Britain, the story begins with 4 siblings being despatched to security within the countryside to stick with an eccentric professor and his cat. It isn’t lengthy earlier than the youngest, Lucy, steps right into a wardrobe within the spare room and finds herself in Narnia, a land the place it has been winter for 100 years. She befriends Mr Tumnus, a pleasant faun, however quickly finds out that there are darkish forces at play and that she could also be in grave hazard. All the youngsters finally enter the  snowy world and turn into entangled within the affairs of the evil White Witch (Samatha Womack) and the majestic Aslan (dropped at life by Chris Jared and an imposing lion puppet).

The present is technically flawless, with aerial feats, particular results and scene modifications choreographed to perfection. Visually, it’s a pleasure to look at from starting to finish. The musicians additionally contribute splendidly to creating the best temper, and, though the songs themselves should not so spectacular, the singing and the instrumentals are glorious.

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The place the play falls quick is within the emotional dimension: the story is ready up in such a method that the viewers doesn’t have an opportunity to really feel related to the youngsters earlier than their Narnia adventures kick off, nor do the characters of the enchanted land create a powerful sense of how their world features. A few of these imperfections pertain to the unique story itself: though a basic, Lewis’s story has its flaws, amongst them, not-so-subtle non secular allegories, a melange of fantasy parts already seen in different classics, and a few factors within the plot that stay unclear.

Nonetheless, this can be a incredible present that can probably please adults and wow kids with its hanging visuals and strong performances.  

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is at Gillian Lynne Theatre from 30th July till 8th January 2023. For additional info or to guide go to the theatre’s web site right here.

Watch a trailer for the manufacturing right here: