It’s so great to have the vacations, permitting us loads of time to go to the theatre, particularly with my 12-year-old daughter and her pal in tow. This touring manufacturing of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe is on the splendidly ornate New Wimbledon Theatre. We’ve travelled throughout the capital for our inaugural go to, however locals are fairly fortunate to have such a implausible venue on their doorstep. Many reveals that transfer on from the West Finish usually excitingly make their manner right here. The novel by CS Lewis is one among our all-time favorite tales, so we're excited…
It’s so great to have the vacations, permitting us loads of time to go to the theatre, particularly with my 12-year-old daughter and her pal in tow. This touring manufacturing of The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe is on the splendidly ornate New Wimbledon Theatre. We’ve travelled throughout the capital for our inaugural go to, however locals are fairly fortunate to have such a implausible venue on their doorstep. Many reveals that transfer on from the West Finish usually excitingly make their manner right here.
The novel by CS Lewis is one among our all-time favorite tales, so we're excited and arrive early to absorb the environment. It’s a traditional (and related) story of 4 sibling evacuees, name-tagged and on their own, who're despatched to stay with strangers throughout World Struggle Two. Their mysterious and grand new house presents up epic adventures as soon as the youngest sister steps foot inside a curious previous wardrobe.
I really like a present which begins with a little bit of enterprise taking place on and across the stage, whereas the hum of the theatregoers fills the auditorium. Tonight, we hear the distinctive double whistle from a station grasp, unseen. A lone soldier performs the piano and is quickly joined by the ensemble in a rousing rendition of ‘We’ll Meet Once more’ (accompanied poetically by an aged chap singing behind us, right here along with his grandchildren). Music performs a giant half on this manufacturing and the multi-talented, extremely expert forged are largely on stage all through, enjoying devices and dancing. That is great; it adorns and drives the narrative excellently, however sometimes it brushes over a few of my favorite moments from the story. To provide an instance, that superbly thrilling and magical second when Lucy first notices branches as a substitute of fur coats and feels the piercing chilly of the snow is skimmed by way of somewhat. It's changed by a fascinating, dancing fur coat sequence, however maybe they shouldn’t be afraid to have some stillness and surprise, to attract us into the magic of that second. The primary assembly of Mr Tumnus and Lucy additionally lacks some indulgence. That mentioned, there's a lot to like and develop into enchanted by, and the entire group have discovered new methods to inform the story which can be great and shocking. Samantha Womack because the White Witch is fittingly haughty, with a chilly and piercing tone, and isn’t too scary for smaller kids.
The inventive group have triumphed on this manufacturing with a number of superb results; suitcases lit up with little home windows for prepare carriages as they're held aloft and meander by way of the countryside. Edmund (performed completely as gullible by Shaka Kalokoh) regurgitates Turkish Delight, which then kinds an enormous dancing creature with a dreamlike high quality and nightmarish undertones. The round recess upstage is an outstanding machine to point out the passage of time through the waning of the moon, and it provides vantage factors, for instance when Susan (performed with nice vim and vigour by Robyn Sinclair) and Lucy (Karese Yansen, a charismatic shining star) watch over Aslan. The puppet of the lion is superbly crafted however curiously manipulated as Aslan can also be performed in human kind, performing alongside. I needed to be transfixed by this exquisitely crafted cat, however as a substitute discovered my consideration cut up between the Thor-like human kind and feline puppet.
And to finish with some ideas from my daughter, now ET’s youngest reviewer: “My favorite character was Mr Tumnus (performed by Jez Unwin). He had good comedian timing, a easy and calming singing voice and was multi-talented as he additionally performed the cello. Each time he was on stage, it was sure he would make the entire theatre smile. When the witch’s servants realised spring had lastly arrived, they threw off their helmets to disclose rising inexperienced foliage and ran off laughing; it was so humorous! A dramatic scene I cherished was when the witch grew enormously tall and her skirt reached all the way in which all the way down to the ‘ground’ of the stage which was an excellent technique to present how a lot energy she had. The Aslan puppet is superb and by far essentially the most inventive puppet I’ve ever seen.”
Directed By: Michael Fentiman
Produced By: Chris Harper, Nick Sidi & Catherine Schreiber
The present performs at New Wimbledon Theatre till 16 April, and is then on tour till Could. Additional data and bookings for New Wimbleon Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome (3 – 7 Could) might be discovered right here. The tour may even go to Woking and Norwich.