The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at The Lowry is a captivating and magical adaption of the famous 1950 novel written by C.S Lewis, brought to Salford by Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber.
Originally the show was meant to premiere in 2020, however due to Covid-19 and the on-going pandemic it was deferred for a year. Families at last get the chance to see the nation’s best voted book (2019) re-enacted on stage with extraordinary talent, music, and mystery.
Families poured into The Lyric ready to embark on an extraordinary journey that is out of this world, the theatrical masterpiece has been long anticipated by theatre lovers and the crowd was not disappointed.
Set in the hostile wartimes of London, singing their opening song “we’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when” the crowd joins the evacuees Lucy (Karise Yansen), Edmund (Shaka Kalokoh), Susan (Robyn Sinclair) and Peter (Amar Duffus), as the four siblings say farewell to their home and board on a train to the countryside to escape the war.
The siblings are homed with a mysterious professor in his mansion, where they find a magical wardrobe and travel through to a parallel world that is ruled by the evil White Witch “She who has made it winter, always winter and never Christmas”. The White Witch is played by well-known EastEnders actress Sam Womack, who gave a gripping and chilling performance of Jadis, Queen of Narnia.
The set was outstanding, with the cast providing smooth transitions from each scene with live music, dancing, and instruments, you can see and feel how well the cast work together as a team, it is truly inspiring to observe.
“I’ve come at last” said Father Christmas. “She has kept me out for a long time, but I have got in at last. Aslan is on the move”. Children’s giggles ran through the auditorium as the peculiar Santa danced around the stage in his all-red costume and musical instrument, bringing the festive feelings just in time for Christmas!
Chris Jared, who plays the mighty Aslan appears with his puppet counterpart, which is a giant, marvellously crafted lion, operated by three men, you can see how much detail has gone into making and creating a realistic and memorable experience of Aslan the Lion, down to his walk and realistic tail movements!
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is at The Lowry in Salford until 15th January 2022, Tickets are available Here: