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Brand new adaptation of CS Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to put a spell on West Yorkshire Playhouse this Christmas


This festive season will see West Yorkshire Playhouse transformed into the fantasy world of Narnia, as the Playhouse brings to life an enchanting re-imaging of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale. A co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse, the newly formed Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber, will open on 29 November 2017 and run until 21 January 2018, with a press night on Wednesday 6 December.

Directed by Olivier award nominee Sally Cookson (Peter Pan and Jane Eyre, for the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic and Hetty Feather in the West End and on tour), this magical new production tells of four war time evacuees who discover an icy kingdom through a mystical wardrobe.

Transforming the Quarry stage into a theatre in the round for the first time, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will be designed by award winning War Horse designer Rae Smith.

Director, Sally Cookson said: “Who doesn’t get excited by the idea that a humble wardrobe can be the door to another world? Whether you’re a Grandparent or starting your first term at school, C.S. Lewis’ much loved fable has something for everyone. A fantasy world where it’s always winter but never Christmas, where fauns, beavers, and four plucky siblings, not to forget a very special lion, all help bring Spring back to Narnia and rid it of the terrorising White Witch. I can’t wait to bring this timeless story to life in a new version full of magic, mischief and mayhem. Expect a wonderland of imagination and a story to warm the cockles of the iciest of hearts.”

James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Sally Cookson to make her first show at the Playhouse. Her work in recent years at the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and on tour has been exceptional. She finds wonderful new ways to tell well known stories and I am excited to see what she and her excellent creative team make of C.S. Lewis' classic story. We like to set ourselves new challenges at the Playhouse and turning the Quarry into a theatre in the round is a challenge we're all very excited about."

Joining Sally and Rae on the creative team for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe are Leeds born Adam Peck as Writer in the Room, Ian Dickinson as Sound Designer, Dan Canham as Movement Director and Bruno Poet as Lighting Designer, with music by Benji Bower and Jill Green as Casting Director.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Quarry Theatre
Wed 29 November – Sun 21 January, Press Night Wed 6 December, 7pm
Box office 0113 213 7700. Book online


West Yorkshire Playhouse - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe