Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The King’s ****

Nearly 50 years before Harry Potter started enchanting readers, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia was captivating fantasists by transporting them to another world.

Thankfully, director Michael Fentiman has reignited the magic of Narnia with a stunning new stage adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. 

Set in WW2 Britain, the show follows evacuated siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they embark on an whirlwind adventure in a faraway land and find themselves fighting against the evil White Witch as they battle to restore peace.

The steampunk-esq set design is visually stunning, while the clever use of physical props, lighting and the ensemble cast clearly distinguishes the human world from Narnia, making the story easy-to-follow for those unfamiliar with the source material. 

Featuring spectacular aerial stunts, imaginative dance routines and impressive puppets which wouldn’t look out of place in a West End performance of The Lion King, the show offers some much-needed escapism for those seeking a February pick-me-up.

Samantha Womack, fresh from her leading role in the sold-out West End production of The Girl on the Train, turns in a chilling performance as The White Witch while you’d be forgiven for mistaking newcomer Karise Yansen as a seasoned professional due to her faultless portrayal of Lucy. 

Grab your tickets now – just don’t forget to pack your own Turkish delight!

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is on at The King’s Theatre until Saturday 12 February 2022. Tickets are available via The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Capital Theatres

Words: Amy Anderson

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