Spectacular 5 Star Production Of C.S. Lewis’ THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE Roars Into The West End With Samantha Womack
THE SPECTACULAR 5-STAR PRODUCTION OF C.S. LEWIS' THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE ROARS INTO THE WEST END WITH SAMANTHA WOMACK AS THE WHITE WITCH
GILLIAN LYNNE THEATRE
18 July 2022 – 8 January 2023
The smash-hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which has been wowing audiences around the UK and Ireland, will make its West End premiere this summer at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, Drury Lane, London. The show has been seen and enjoyed by a quarter of a million people on its nineteen-week tour which ended triumphantly this month in Bristol where it was described as ‘a must-see production - an exceptional re-imagining of a treasured story to bewitch and beguile the whole family.’
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - starring Samantha Womack as the evil White Witch - will begin performances on 18 July 2022 and play a strictly limited season through until 8 January 2023, with a Press Night on Thursday 28 July.
Booking for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the Gillian Lynne Theatre opens at 12 NOON today (Friday 20 May 2022) and tickets can be booked from the box office.
Step through the wardrobe into the enchanted kingdom of Narnia. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and embark on the most magical of adventures in a frozen, faraway land where they meet Mr Tumnus the faun, talking beavers, Aslan (the noble king of Narnia) and the coldest, most evil White Witch.
C.S. Lewis’ book (published by HarperCollins) has been engrossing readers young and old for over 70 years, has sold 85 million copies in 60 languages and is one of the top ten best-selling books of all time. More information about C.S. Lewis from Narnia online.
Samantha Womack recently played the lead role in the sold-out production of The Girl on the Train in the West End and on tour. Her past theatre roles include the Tony award-winning production of South Pacific in which she starred alongside Patrick Swayze, Guys and Dolls at London’s Piccadilly Theatre (directed by Michael Grandage) and playing Emma in an award-winning production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (directed by Sir Peter Hall). Her varied work on television has seen Samantha moving from comedy to drama with the cult success of BBC’s Game On and Babes in the Wood to ITV’s gritty crime drama Liverpool 1, Imogen’s Face and Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders. Films include playing the unhinged mother of Eggsy in the The Kingsman franchise sharing the screen with Colin Firth and Samuel L Jackson and playing Hazel in Jon Godber’s Up ‘n Under.
The full cast will be announced soon.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is directed by Michael Fentiman based on the original production by Sally Cookson.
Joining Michael Fentiman on the creative team are Set and Costume Designer Tom Paris, Composers Benji Bower and Barnaby Race, Choreographer Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus, Lighting Designer Jack Knowles, Sound Designers Ian Dickinson and Gareth Tucker for Autograph, Puppetry Director Toby Olié, Puppetry Designer Max Humphries, Aerial Director Gwen Hales, Illusionist Chris Fisher, Music Director Toby Higgins, Casting Director Will Burton CDG, Fight Director Jonathan Holby, Wigs, Hair and Make-Up Designer Susanna Peretz, Props Supervisor Lizzie Frankl for Propworks, Dramaturg Adam Peck and Movement Consultant Dan Canham.
Director Michael Fentiman said "I’m delighted to be bringing our production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to the Gillian Lynne Theatre. The production celebrates the magic of live theatre and is led by a multi-talented cast of actors, singers, musicians, dancers and puppeteers; it is a celebration of the possibilities of the collective imagination and the boundless wonders of individual skill.
This story, about a community battling hardship in the darkest of winters, who together find freedom again in the light of summer, couldn’t be more pertinent for these times."
Michael’s previous productions include the Olivier Award-nominated Amélie (
Producer Chris Harper said "This wonderful production has been delighting audiences up and down the country and I am so thrilled that we can bring this magical family show to the West End this summer. We can’t wait for children and adults alike to join us on this spectacular journey through the wardrobe."
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is produced by Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber and was first produced at the Leeds Playhouse.
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Photos courtesy of Seamus Ryan, Brinkhoff-Moegenburg, Hitz Rao and Ellie Kurttz
About Elliott & Harper Productions
Elliott & Harper Productions is led by the Tony and Olivier Award-winning director and producer team of Marianne Elliott and Chris Harper.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by Sally Cookson and co-produced by Catherine Schreiber, premiered at Leeds Playhouse in 2017 and transferred to the Bridge Theatre in 2019.
Current productions include Cock by Mike Bartlett, directed by Marianne Elliott, starring Jonathan Bailey at the Ambassadors Theatre and the Broadway transfer of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, also directed by Marianne Elliott and running at the Jacobs Theatre in New York.
Previous productions include Death of a Salesman, co-produced by Cindy Tolan and the Young Vic, and directed by Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell (2020 Olivier Award winners for Best Director). Starring Olivier-nominated Wendell Pierce as Willy Loman and Best Actress Olivier Award Winner Sharon D Clarke as Linda Loman, the production played to sell out houses at both the Young Vic and at The Piccadilly Theatre in 2019. A Broadway run has been announced for autumn this year.
Other productions include Marianne Elliott’s Olivier Award-winning production of Company by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth which ran in London’s West End from 26 September 2018 – 30 March 2019; the 2017 West End premiere of Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle; and the 2018 co-production of the Broadway transfer of the National Theatre’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, also directed by Marianne.
About Catherine Schreiber
A 3-Time Tony and Olivier Award-winning producer, Catherine Schreiber received the Broadway Global Producer of the Year Award in 2017.
Catherine has worked with Elliott & Harper on several productions: Heisenberg, the Olivier Award-winning Company in London, and now The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, which premiered at Leeds Playhouse before moving to the Bridge. It recently toured, enchanting audiences throughout the UK.
Current Productions include Company (Broadway), Pr
Past Broadway productions include – The Lehman Trilogy, A Christmas Carol (originating at the Old Vic), The Inheritance, Network, Angels in America, The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter and the Starcatcher, Fiddler on the Roof, The Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly, Next Fall. Past UK productions include Company, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Dreamgirls, Heisenberg, The Life (Offie Winner), The King’s Speech, Show Boat, and People, Places & Things.
Tony Winner for The Inheritance, Clybourne Park, Angels in America. Olivier Winner for Company. Nine Tony nominations and Five Olivier nominations.
Catherine is most proud of bringing Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys to London. (Young Vic, Garrick Theatre). Directed by multi-award winner, Susan Stroman, the show received the Outer Critics’ Circle Award, the Evening Standard Award and 7 Olivier nominations.
About Leeds Playhouse
Leeds Playhouse has been welcoming audiences for 50 years. As a registered charity (No. 255460), the theatre creates work that is pioneering and relevant, seeking out the best companies and artists to create inspirational theatre in the heart of Yorkshire. The Playhouse recently underwent a £16m transformation which includes improved access to and around the theatre, a new city-facing entrance, and the addition of a new studio theatre, the Bramall Rock Void.
A dedicated collaborator, Leeds Playhouse works with distinctive, original voices from across the UK. Its Artistic Development programme, Furnace, discovers, nurtures and supports new voices, while developing work with established practitioners. It provides a creative space for writers, directors, companies and individual theatre-makers to refine their practice at all stages of their careers.
The sector-leading Creative Engagement team works with more than 12,000 people aged 4–95 every year, connecting with refugee communities, young people, teachers and students, older people, and people with learning disabilities, including working in specific areas of the city. The Playhouse pioneered Relaxed Performances ten years ago, and more recently have developed Dementia-Friendly performances, both of which are becoming the norm across the industry.
The Spring/Summer 22 season at Leeds Playhouse concludes with I WANNA BE YOURS, a play by Zia Ahmed, directed by Sameena Hussain which following it’s run in the Courtyard theatre will tour to venues across the Leeds City Region; Frances Poet's play about an ordinary Leeds family living with dementia MAGGIE MAY; Northern Broadsides in a co-production with New Vic Theatre of AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare, directed by Laurie Sansom; a co-production between Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage, Birmingham Rep, and Soho Theatre, in association with HOME of Claudia Rankine's THE WHITE CARD; Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director, James Brining, will revive A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC in a co-production with Opera North and THE HILLS ARE OURS, presented by ARC Stockton in association with Leeds Playhouse, by award-winning Daniel Bye and Chumbawumba founder member Boff Whalley. The festive season will showcase a stage spectacular, as Leeds Playhouse, in association with Neal Street Productions & Playful Productions, present Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – The Musical in Leeds ahead of a UK Tour.
Leeds Playhouse relies on the support of valued partners to make great things happen. It is grateful for the continued support of Arts Council England, Leeds City Council, The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and many charitable trusts, business partners and individuals.
THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE
GILLIAN LYNNE THEATRE
166 Drury Lane
Box Office: 020 3925 2998
Access: 0203 925 2998
Groups: 020 7087 7763
Group rates apply for Wednesday to Friday performances. Some exclusions apply.
Ticket prices start from £15 – no booking fees
From Monday 18th July 2022
Booking until Sunday 8th January 2023
Press Night: Thursday 28 July at 7pm
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 7:00pm
Thursday, Saturday 2:00pm
Sunday 1pm and 5.30pm