West Yorkshire Playhouse has announced the full cast for their forthcoming Christmas production of C.S Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
The co-production with Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber will be directed and devised by Sally Cookson and the company, taking audiences through the wardrobe into the mystical world of Narnia from 29th November well into the new year of 2018.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe tells the story of four wartime evacuees, whose venture through an old wardrobe sets them on a courageous journey to save the mystical world of Narnia from the evil White Witch.
Peter Caulfield will play the loveable Fawn, Mr Tumnus. His extensive credits in theatre and television include BBC1’s Doctor Who, Channel 4’s Cucumber, and King Herod in the Olivier award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Joining him are Iain Johnstone as the great lion Aslan and CITV’s My Parents Are Aliens actress Carla Mendonça as the White Witch.
The Pevensie children will be played by Michael Jean-Marain as Peter, John Leader as Edmund, Patricia Allison as Susan and Cora Kirk as Lucy.
Lucy Tuck (Beryl, New Vic Theatre) will play Mrs Beaver, comedian and writer Alan Francis (War Horse, National Theatre/New London Theatre) will play Mr Beaver and wolf Maugrim will be played by Northern School of Contemporary Dance trained Ira Mandela Siobhan. The cast is completed by Amalia Vitale, Helena Parke, Sofie Lybäck, Tom Wainwright, Anwar Russell, Gareth Aled and Marie Hamilton.
Director Sally Cookson, whose recent work includes Jane Eyre and Peter Pan for the National Theatre and Hetty Feather in the West End and on tour said: “With the start of rehearsals imminent the team are incredibly excited to begin. I’m delighted to be working with this fabulous ensemble of extraordinary performers from a range of disciplines, including puppetry, dance and circus. The wardrobe door is opening…”
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Wednesday 29th November 2017 to Sunday 21st January 2018. Book online at wyp.org.uk or call the
Box Office on 0113 213 77 00.