23 Dec 2009

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrope

I've just been yesterday to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the re-launch of the Picturedrome Theatre in Barton Street in Gloucester - it was wonderful - it is still on until 4th Jan - see here.

Photos: White Witch, Mr Tumnus and Lucy, White Witch and wolf, Aslan and gang meet in woods.

The story from the Chronicles of Narnia, written by C.S. Lewis and first published in 1950 opened at the former Olympus theatre - the play written by Adrian Mitchell, produced by Adrian Locher and directed by Alexander Gifford.

One of the best characters in the play is Nicholas Allan (of Star Anise Cafe in Stroud fame) who played Mr Tumnus - indeed a perfect Mr Tumnus! Also in the cast is Bread Street, Ruscombe resident Alex Brabbins who played Edmund brilliantly and Penelope Wildgoose, a former Stroud District Green party candidate in local elections, who played the White Witch wonderfully terrifyingly scary...wanted to hide behind my programme.

Loved the movement of the Leopards and the wolf was also especially scary and loved the howl! Other highlights included Mr and Mrs Beaver and former Randwick resident Andrew Floyd who played Aslan and the professor.

The sets were great but the 'puppets' fantastic - the eagle moved wonderfully, the great giant and various other creatures.....thank you indeed - don't miss it!

Tickets cost £8, with £7 concessions, from 01452 503050 or online at www.ashacentre.org/narnia.

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