If like ours, your parents often read you bedtime stories as a child, it’s likely at some point they picked up a copy of the fantasy classic The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. The extraordinary world of Narnia – filled with such whimsical characters as Mr Tumnus, Aslan and Father Christmas – was a world beyond what many of us could imagine. We soon devoured the complete Chronicles of Narnia, exploring every inch of this magical world.
CS Lewis’ series has sparked imaginations for generations since its release in 1950. It also opened the door for such other children’s fantasy novels as The Neverending Story, Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl. If it’s been a while since you read it, however, why not step back through the wardrobe into the world of Narnia for Christmas?
The nostalgia-filled, West End stage show of CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is roaring into Birmingham for Christmas 2023. This beloved tale follows four evacuated siblings – Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter – during wartime in Britain. But after falling through a magical wardrobe, they find themselves in the kingdom of Narnia filled with mythical creatures and talking animals. But danger is closeby, as they soon encounter the wicked White Witch.
This family-friendly adaptation of the children’s classic will perform at Birmingham Rep from November 14 to January 28. Based on an original production by Sally Cookson, Michael Fentiman directs. These performances follow sold-out shows at The Gillian Lynne Theatre in London, which ended a 19-week tour of the UK and Ireland.
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a wondrous and beloved family tale,” said The Rep’s Artistic Director, Sean Foley. “The Rep is delighted to be presenting this acclaimed, sensational production of C.S Lewis’s classic story to the city this Christmas.”
Perfect for Christmastime, bewitching stagecraft and incredible puppetry bring the snowy world of Narnia to life on stage. While attendees will also be treated to catchy live on-stage music and songs. Of course, this being Birmingham, many of us are more fans of the local hero Tolkien – being C.S. Lewis’s longtime friend, later literary rival. But that shouldn’t stop you from embracing this magical adventure and stepping through the wardrobe to Narnia this Christmas.
To grab your tickets head here.