The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Sherman Cymru

It just isn’t Christmas without a little trip to the theatre, and I do love the Sherman. Bright, modern, friendly and welcoming it is somewhere I really look forward to going and I love taking the girls there. On Tuesday I was invited to the Press evening for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – their festive offering this year. Aimed at age 7+ I took Bean (8) with me and we enjoyed a big girl night out together.

The scenery was beautiful and simple and remained constant throughout. Stairs on the stage were very cleverly rotated and a magical backdrop made the transformation from the wardrobe in the spare room to Narnia very believable.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Sherman Cymru. By CS Lewis   CAST Pete Ashmore as Mr Tumnus Matthew Durkan as Edmund Gwawr Loader as Lucy Elin Philips as Susan Anita Reynolds as the White Witch Howard Chadwick as Mr Beaver Kate Robson-Stuart as Mrs Beaver Keiron Self as Professor Kirk Joseph Tweedale as Peter Matthew Woodyatt as Aslan PRODUCTION TEAM Director Rachel O'Riordan Adaptation by Theresa Heskins Designer takis Composer Conor Mitchell Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy Video & Projection Designer - Dick Straker Musical Director Gareth Wyn Griffiths Sound Designer Sophie Smith Fight Director Kevin McCurdy Assistant Director Jac Ifan Moore Associate Designer Rosie Motion Casting Director Kay Magson CDG Company Stage Manager Chris Peterson Deputy Stage Manager Charlotte Unwin Assistant Stage Manager Steffi Pickering Assistant Carpenter Johanna Lloyd Head of Wardrobe Deryn Tudor Wardrobe Assistant Angharad Griffin Wardrobe Assistant Dan Thatcher Dresser Sarah Becs Props Maker and Scenic Artist Charlotte Neville Painter Bethany Seddon Tech Swing Josh Betoin

The play starts as the children are leaving for the country. It was emotional which meant that I was engaged from the very beginning. The cast had a veritable excitement and played the parts of children brilliantly. When Lucy made the first trip through the wardrobe into Narnia it was magical. Mr Tumnus has always been one of my favourite characters in the book and he certainly lived up to my imagination. Despite the lack of costumes as such for the animal characters, their manner of movement and expressions clearly gave away the fawn, the beavers  and of course Aslan the lion, which is quite extraordinary really.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Sherman Cymru. By CS Lewis   CAST Pete Ashmore as Mr Tumnus Matthew Durkan as Edmund Gwawr Loader as Lucy Elin Philips as Susan Anita Reynolds as the White Witch Howard Chadwick as Mr Beaver Kate Robson-Stuart as Mrs Beaver Keiron Self as Professor Kirk Joseph Tweedale as Peter Matthew Woodyatt as Aslan PRODUCTION TEAM Director Rachel O'Riordan Adaptation by Theresa Heskins Designer takis Composer Conor Mitchell Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy Video & Projection Designer - Dick Straker Musical Director Gareth Wyn Griffiths Sound Designer Sophie Smith Fight Director Kevin McCurdy Assistant Director Jac Ifan Moore Associate Designer Rosie Motion Casting Director Kay Magson CDG Company Stage Manager Chris Peterson Deputy Stage Manager Charlotte Unwin Assistant Stage Manager Steffi Pickering Assistant Carpenter Johanna Lloyd Head of Wardrobe Deryn Tudor Wardrobe Assistant Angharad Griffin Wardrobe Assistant Dan Thatcher Dresser Sarah Becs Props Maker and Scenic Artist Charlotte Neville Painter Bethany Seddon Tech Swing Josh Betoin

Like other performances I have seen at the Sherman, this one didn’t disappoint for variety. The actors were very accomplished musicians too and they sang and played instruments on stage which added significantly to the experience. I think for Bean to watch the violin being played in a dramatic fashion was brilliant and I hope will really inspire her.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Sherman Cymru. By CS Lewis   CAST Pete Ashmore as Mr Tumnus Matthew Durkan as Edmund Gwawr Loader as Lucy Elin Philips as Susan Anita Reynolds as the White Witch Howard Chadwick as Mr Beaver Kate Robson-Stuart as Mrs Beaver Keiron Self as Professor Kirk Joseph Tweedale as Peter Matthew Woodyatt as Aslan PRODUCTION TEAM Director Rachel O'Riordan Adaptation by Theresa Heskins Designer takis Composer Conor Mitchell Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy Video & Projection Designer - Dick Straker Musical Director Gareth Wyn Griffiths Sound Designer Sophie Smith Fight Director Kevin McCurdy Assistant Director Jac Ifan Moore Associate Designer Rosie Motion Casting Director Kay Magson CDG Company Stage Manager Chris Peterson Deputy Stage Manager Charlotte Unwin Assistant Stage Manager Steffi Pickering Assistant Carpenter Johanna Lloyd Head of Wardrobe Deryn Tudor Wardrobe Assistant Angharad Griffin Wardrobe Assistant Dan Thatcher Dresser Sarah Becs Props Maker and Scenic Artist Charlotte Neville Painter Bethany Seddon Tech Swing Josh Betoin

The play is naturally quite dark and I was a little concerned that Bean may get upset at times. I kept a close eye on her and she wasn’t fazed in the slightest. She was enthralled! In fact there were several children I saw who were much younger than 7 and I noticed that all of them were really engrossed in the performance.

What I particularly liked about it was the manner in which the director, Rachel O’Riordan brings to life C.S Lewis’s ‘story behind the story’. I’ve always been fascinated with the Christian backdrop to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and this was the first performance I had seen in which I could really relate to that part. For me, that made this the perfect Christmas play and I’d say get yourselves over there to experience the magic for yourselves.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is showing until December 31st. You can book tickets here. If you have a younger child you may also be interested in their other festive youth offering – The Princess and the Pea which is showing until the 2nd January 2016.

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Disclosure – I was given two tickets to this show for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

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20 Comments

  1. December 10, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Sounds like a really good night out, I love going to the theatre, I have taken my Daughter to a few things must look at taking her again soon x

  2. December 11, 2015 / 12:48 am

    An absolute classic I loved the Narnia series as a child. Would love to see it in theatre.

  3. December 11, 2015 / 10:19 am

    It sounds like a great evening! I really want to see more performances like this in the new year, just to do something different as a night out.

  4. December 11, 2015 / 11:12 am

    OMG I want to go and see this with the children, thanks for posting xxxx

  5. December 11, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    This couldn’t be a better theatre show to watch over the Christmas period! The pictures look like the production level is really high and it would be amazing! x

  6. December 11, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    I would LOVE to see this on stage. I loved the books and the mini series as a child (and love the film as a grown up)

  7. December 11, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Sounds fun – perfect Christmas show to go see!

  8. December 11, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    It has been a long time since I have read the Narnia series and now reading this makes me want to dig my books out and hibernate to read them x

  9. December 11, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    I haven’t been to the theatre for so long, but I used to love it. This show looks great, I love that there are all those musicians on stage! x

  10. December 11, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    I love going to the theatre, we haven’t been in a while though – waiting until my daughter is a little older. But this looks amazing!

  11. Daniella
    December 12, 2015 / 7:43 am

    This was one of my favourite books growing up and I would love to watch it on stage. It sounded like a fabulous performance.

  12. December 12, 2015 / 8:09 am

    I love The Lion, The Witch and The Wardroben looks like a great production! x

  13. December 12, 2015 / 11:27 am

    I would love to go and watch this, sounds like really good fun

  14. December 12, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Sounds like this would be really fun to go and see. Loved the stories as a child

  15. December 13, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    What lovely Christmas play to go to – I loved the books when I was little, I must have read them about 100 times.

  16. December 13, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    So lucky Ali – Ive been watching to see this!
    It looks amazing gosh!
    Perfect for Christmas time.
    Thanks so much for sharing lovely.
    Charlotte

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