West Yorkshire Playhouse continues its run of spectacular Christmas shows for all the family with a new adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

For the very first time the Quarry space will be transformed into an epic theatre in the round, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Elliott Harper Productions.

Elliott Harper Productions is a new theatre company led by Tony and Olivier Award winning director Marianne Elliott, an established director at the National Theatre whose credits include War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and producer Chris Harper.

This production will be directed by the Sally Cookson who worked on Peter Pan at National Theatre, Hetty Feather, and Jane Eyre and La Strada which are both currently on tour.

This show is real coup for the Playhouse as this will be Elliott Harper’s first ever production outside London, with design by Rae Smith who previously worked with Marianne Elliott on War Horse. 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, based on the novel by CS Lewis telling the tale of four war time evacuees who discover the enchanted kingdom of Narnia, which can only be reached through a mystical wardrobe.

James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sally Cookson, who continually finds wonderful new ways to tell classic stories, and the highly imaginative and talented Robert Alan Evans, whose last Christmas Playhouse production absolutely enchanted our audiences.

"We are proud to draw the UK’s most significant, leading theatre makers to collaborate with us, across both classic titles and specially devised new work, to create exceptional theatre throughout the year."

Creatives already confirmed for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe also include Ian Dickinson as Sound Designer, Adam Peck as Writer in the Room, 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 is in the Quarry Theatre from 29th November – 21st January 2017. http://bit.ly/2oOIqVb 


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