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REVIEW: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on the Gillian Lynne theatre

Everybody loves an journey, an Escape from the mundane on a regular basis life we stay. However for the Pevensie kids, this journey to an enchanted world, Narnia, Is an journey they’ll always remember. C.S Lewis’ critically acclaimed ebook and the eventual movement image movie The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe lastly make its journey to the stage in beautiful style. 

Set throughout World Battle One and the evacuation of the youngsters takes place at the beginning of the present. Accompanied by Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Once more’ we meet the Pevensie kids, Peter (Ammar Duffus), Susan (Robyn Sinclair), Edmund (Shaka Kalokoh) and Lucy (Delainey Hayles). The kids’s journey from a war-struck London to Scotland to stick with Professor Kirk, upon exploring the huge mansion the youngsters are staying in, pungent Lucy stumbles upon a spare room and a wardrobe. Curiosity will get the higher of Lucy and as she stumbles in the direction of the again of the wardrobe she stumbles upon Narnia. 

What’s immediately placing with the set is that there isn’t a set, so to talk. Extra props are positioned all through every display to point out the transferring alongside of the story, although Set designer Tom Paris makes use of a intelligent and creative use of the props to continually shift between scenes and make wonderful use of the stage house. The ensemble throughout the present can also be implausible, it’s a really ensemble-heavy present and utilises every forged member to strengthen the scenes. The actors additionally carry out the songs while enjoying the instrument so as to add to the ability of the ensemble and utilise and showcase the flexibility of the actors. The bodily transformations between the scenes are probably the most spectacular. Many who’ve seen the movie would little doubt be sceptical as to how sure scenes could be pulled off. But the bodily transformations between scenes take the components of the movie and completely imitate these on the stage. 

Deserving of excessive reward is Choreographer Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus. The bodily translations and dance segments all through the present are joyous to observe, they seamlessly transfer by way of scenes. The manufacturing by no means feels prefer it takes a break to alter and simply constantly flows. Additionally the eldest and youngest Pevensie siblings Peter and Lucy. Duffer is superb because the eldest, a stern and highly effective efficiency capturing the aspect of Peter that hints at vulnerability however finally a protecting nature over his household. Lucy steals the present nevertheless, Hayles captures the innocence of a kid but provides a humerus tone to Lucy, she’s each comedic and endearing and a focus every time on stage. 

As for the opposite characters such because the White Witch (Samantha Womack), Womack completely portrays the chilly nature of the evil queen, an intimidating efficiency from her leaves you fearing the worst for the heroes within the present. That stated till the good Aslan (Chris Jared) arrives. Aslan is an unforgettable character as he’s portrayed by way of the actor himself and a puppet lion subsequent to him following his each transfer and movement. The puppetry staff of Sean Lopeman & Shaun McCourt seize the lion exquisitely, hints of the theatre’s earlier manufacturing of Battle Horse right here because the believability {that a} lion is prowling in entrance of you is life like. 

If we now have to be vital then just a few scenes have been barely rushed or not practically explored as a lot as they may very well be. The battle for Narnia for example was spoken about for almost all of the present after which occurred and was very anticlimactic and fairly underwhelming. Additionally, as just a few actors shone, it uncovered just a few as probably barely weaker. 

It does take the very best from theatre although. The bodily theatre, actor-musicians and puppetry all add collectively to culminate right into a manufacturing that’s bewitching and magical. Director Mike Fentiman has taken Sally Cookson’s unique manufacturing and created a present that continues to enchant audiences and convey the magic of Narnia to life on stage. Time might cross briefly in Narnia however make no mistake, this manufacturing is timeless. 

Overview by George Butler

Ranking: ★★★★

Seat: Stalls F31 | Worth of Ticket: £224.50



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