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Review : The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

The Lion from the The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, The Lowry On The stage - image credit Brinkhoff Moegenburg
10 Dec 2021

Discover the world of Narnia this Christmas with The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe show at The Lowry and check out what we thought in our review here. 

A show at Christmas makes a lovely treat. This year The Lowry have brought CS Lewis’s classic story The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe to their main stage.

Running until Saturday 15th January we were kindly invited along to the press night and you can discover what we thought below.

Review of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at The Lowry

I still remember reading The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe as a child and being completely enthralled racing to get the end. It was also lovely to see how equally my twelve-year-old son enjoyed reading the book at school.

However, it wasn’t until our journey to the theatre that I realised my parent fail that my nine-year-old daughter had never heard of Narnia. This didn’t subdue her excitement at all, keen to see for herself why I, her brother and her nana (who was joining us for the evening) loved this story. 

She didn’t have to wait long, with the show starting as the four Pevensie children are evacuated during the war from London to Scotland to stay with Professor Kirk, a kind if not a slightly peculiar gentleman.

Review The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe Children Image Credit – Brinkhoff Moegenburg

Before long a magical wardrobe is discovered and the world of Narnia is revealed, a land where it is always winter but never Christmas. The residents, talking animals, are under the control of The White Witch an ice maiden who after a prophecy fears two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve entering the land. 

Review The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe The Wardrobe Brinkhoff MoegenburgImage Credit – Brinkhoff Moegenburg

Pevensie children Peter (Annar Duffus), Susan (Robyn Sinclair), Edmund (Shaka Kalokoh) and Lucy (Karise Yansen) were perfectly cast. Although all older than the characters they were playing, they captured the childlike qualities and were convincing siblings. They also had great on stage Chemistry with the Narnia Animal cast. 

Review The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe Mr Tumnus Image Credit Brinkhoff Moegenburg

Image Credit – Brinkhoff Moegenburg

The White Witch is played by Samantha Womack and fits the role well. Switching seamlessly from her charisma to entice an unwitting Edward, to her true cold nature Her character gets darker as the show progressed and her dramatic flight into the sky was truly jaw-dropping. 

Review The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe The White Witch

Image Credit – Brinkhoff Moegenburg

In contrast, the Lion title role of Aslan radiates warmth and kindness. Played by both a giant puppet operated by three puppeteers and Chris Jared by his side portraying his personality, Aslan is a sight to behold. It would be fair to think this joint combination of puppet and actor may be confusing, however they were perfectly in sync that they quickly seemed like one, and which my nine year old instantly understood. 

Review The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe The LionImage Credit – Brinkhoff Moegenburg

The set design and staging are extremely clever matching the talent of the cast. Simple props mixed with the ensembles used to depict the children’s nerve-racking journey to great effect. Cast members became a swirling magical winter scene in our first look at Narnia. A giant clock face in the centre of the stage used dramatic effect throughout the show and amazing illusions making cast members instantly disappear to the oohs and aahs of the audience. 

Review The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe Train rideImage Credit – Brinkhoff Moegenburg

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is not recommended for under 5’s and it is easy to why. There is a darkness throughout the show with one scene where The White Witch calls upon her skeleton servants, being particular scary and prompted me to check my nine-year-old daughter’s reaction. Although she was surprisingly unphased by this ( she usually is scared easily) she was shocked by a couple of the shows loud bangs and has mentioned these a couple of times since. 

Having said that it is an amazing show for families with something for all ages with lighter comedy intertwined with the heavy. Whilst children will adore the animal characters and magical themes, the darker themes and amazing staging will appease tweens and teens looking for a more grown-up show. 

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is a high-quality show and one of the best productions we have seen for quite some time. We highly recommend making a trip to the Lowry this Christmas as it is one not to miss. 

For those wondering if my daughter has become a fan, she has just popped the Chronicles of Narnia on her Christmas List. I just hope she lets me read them to her. 

To book tickets to The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at the Lowry see here. 


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