The initial cast has been revealed for the stage adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ahead of his new tour, which will begin later this year.
Based on CS Lewis’ iconic classic children’s book about a group of kids walking through a closet in a magical kingdom, the original production was first seen at the Leeds Playhouse in 2017 before moving to the Bridge Theater in London in 2019.
Appearing in the play, Ammar Duffus as Peter, Shaka Kalokoh as Edmund, Robyn Sinclair as Susan and Karise Yansen as Lucy.
Aslan will be played by Chris Jared, Mr Tumnus by Jez Unwin, Mr Beaver by Sam Buttery and Maugrim by Michael Ahomka-Lindsay.
They are joined by Oliver Bingham (Mr. Brinkworth, March Hare and puppeteer Aslan), Kate Parr (Miss Gumley-Warmley and Phoenix), Grace Wylde (Mrs. Pevensie, Robin and Falcon), Johnson Willis (Mr. Willis, Professor Kirk , Father Christmas, Wise Owl and Whie Mouse), Rachel Dawson (Miss Chutney, Badger and Spirit of the Moon), Oliver Grant (M. Wilson, Schrodinger, Red Squirrel and Aslan puppeteer), Matthew James Hinchliffe (M. Marsden, Mauve Mole and Professor), Sophie Naglik (on swing stage), Anthony Starr (on swing stage), Tash Holway (on swing stage) and Brad Veitch (on swing stage). The other cast (including the individual playing the Wicked Witch) have yet to be announced.
You can watch the show’s new trailer here:
Michel Fentiman (Amelie) will direct the show (based on the original production by Sally Cookson with original sets and costumes by Rae Smith) with the creative team also including set designer and costume designer Tom Paris, composer Benji Bower with additional composition by Music Supervisor Barnaby Race, choreographer Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus, lighting designer Jack Knowles, sound designers Ian Dickinson and Gareth Tucker for Autograph, puppet director Toby Olié, puppet designer Max Humphries, aerial director Gwen Hales, illusionist Chris Fisher, musical director Toby Higgins , Fighting Director Jonathan Holby, Costume Supervisor Joanna Coe, Wigs and Makeup Supervisor Susanna Peretz, Props Supervisor Lizzie Frankl, Playwright Adam Peck and Movement Consultant Dan Canham. The cast is by Will Burton.
The show will begin its tour at Curve in Leicester on November 2, 2021, before traveling to Aylesbury, Southampton, Sunderland, Salford (where the show plays a six week winter season), Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Canterbury, Plymouth , Glasgow, Birmingham, Dublin, Woking and finally end the tour in Norwich on April 9, 2022.
Producer Chris Harper said: “CS Lewis wrote ‘they open a door and enter a world’ and that’s what every kid imagines and dreams of. That’s exactly why we’re so excited to be able to bring this amazing new version to the table. of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe touring the UK in time for Christmas 2021. Following record success at Leeds Playhouse and the Bridge Theater in London, Pevensie’s children will travel from Narnia to locations across the UK and Ireland.
Tickets are available now, with selected dates on sale below.