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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes to the Bridge Theatre for Christmas 2019

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE London Theatre Company by special arrangement with Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber, is presenting the much-celebrated Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for 12 weeks over the 2019/20 festive season.

Based on the novel by C. S. Lewis and directed by Sally Cookson, it will run at the Bridge Theatre from November 18, 2019 (previews from November 9) to February 2, 2020.

Step through the wardrobe this Winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch.

This critically acclaimed production reunites director Sally Cookson with designer Rae Smith, writer in the room Adam Peck, movement director Dan Canham, lighting designer Bruno Poet, sound designer Ian Dickinson and composer Benji Bower, all of whom originally brought the show to life in 2017 breaking box office records at Leeds Playhouse.

Casting will be announced in due course.

Written by C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first book published in The Chronicles of Narnia in 1950 and went on to become one of the most popular children’s books of all time, still regularly topping reader votes on the best books for children nearly 70 years later.

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle – are classics of children’s literature, having enchanted generations of young readers, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide in over 70 countries and 59 different languages.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia are published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Sally Cookson’s most recent production was the Olivier Award-winning A Monster Calls at the Old Vic. She is an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic where her productions include Jane Eyre and Peter Pan which were also seen at the National Theatre and on tour, Sleeping Beauty, Treasure Island, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Strange Case, Pericles, Pains of Youth and The Visit.

Cookson’s work in the West End includes La Strada, Hetty Feather and Bearhunt. Her numerous collaborations with Travelling Light Theatre include Strictly Balti by Saikat Ahammed, The Ugly Duckling based on Hans Christian Andersen, Shadowplay, Cloudland based on the book by John Burningham, Lenny by Francis Monty, and Bob the Man on the Moon based on the book by Simon Bartram.

Rae Smith received multiple design awards including the Olivier and Tony Awards for War Horse at the National Theatre and on tour internationally.

Her theatre credits include the forthcoming The Night of the Iguana at the Noël Coward Theatre as well as Rosmersholm (Duke of York’s Theatre), Girl From the North Country (Old Vic, the Public Theater in New York and on Broadway), Translations (National Theatre), Barbershop Chronicles (National Theatre, the Roundhouse, Brooklyn Academy of Music and UK tour), The Goat (Theatre Royal Haymarket), This House (Garrick Theatre and UK tour) and Nightfall (Bridge Theatre and Rusalka at Glyndebourne).

Her other theatre credits include Wonder.Land and The Light Princess (National Theatre) and The Tempest and Prince of the Pagodas (Birmingham Royal Ballet). Smith is the recipient of The Rootstein Hopkins Fellowship which extends boundaries between the live performing arts and drawing.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe production images

Also at the Bridge Theatre: Nicholas Hytner’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (until August 31) and Nancy Harris’ new play Two Ladies, starring Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić (September 14 to October 26, 2019).

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0333 320 0051, e-mail boxoffice@bridgetheatre.co.uk or visit bridgetheatre.co.uk/.