THEATRE REVIEW: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe ★★★

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Birmingham REP Theatre
2nd December 2015

The latest adaptation brought to stage is C.S Lewis's The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, an instant Christmas classic for families all over the world, and a film that can also be seen on TV every year, and so it was a delight to see this adaptation in Birmingham as it was one of the most uplifting productions you could possibly see this Christmas period!

There are many reasons why this adaptation worked so perfectly, and I could easily talk about how wonderful the acting was, as it really was truly slick and brilliant, and I could also talk about how breathtaking the puppetry was throughout, which really complimented the gigantic scenery which really made you feel like you were transported to Narnia, but instead the thing that will stay with me from this experience is the audience.

A weird point I agree to have made, but when you have approximately 95% of the audience made up of school children, and hearing them clap along to a chant during the battle scene all in unison and also watching them, leant forward, all in awe as Aslan made his first appearance, you could just tell that this production was catered perfectly for all those watching. I had two elderly ladies sat next to me and even they pointed out how engrossed all the children were, and even that goes to show that this production was also catered not just for a specific age range either.

I should also give credit to the creative and musical side to the production, as all the songs written for the show all had their own meanings, giving all the characters on stage their own time to shine in the light, but also ones that would stick into your head long after the production has finished!

Overall then, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a perfect Christmas treat for all ages, and if you can get yourself down to Birmingham this season, you will sure not be missing out!


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