Based on the novel by C. S. Lewis and directed by Sally Cookson, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will run until 2 February 2020. (Image credit: Wil Johnson (Aslan) and the Cast of the Lion, the Witch and the …hoff Moegenburg)
Step through the wardrobe this Winter into the magical kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of adventures in a faraway land. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to a talking Faun, an unforgettable Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch.
Written by C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first book published in The Chronicles of Narnia in 1950 and went on to become one of the most popular children’s books of all time; still regularly topping reader votes on the best books nearly 70 years later, including last month being voted the UK’s favourite book. A classic children’s literature, having enchanted generations of young readers. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Chronicles of Narnia are published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.
The cast –
Laura Elphinstone (White Witch/Mrs Macready) was last at the Bridge in Young Marx. Her other theatre credits include My Country and Jane Eyre for the National Theatre. Her television credits include Vera, Game of Thrones, Chernobyl and Line of Duty.
Wil Johnson’s (Aslan/Professor Kirk) more recent theatre credits include Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End, UK tour of Glengarry Glen Ross, Leave Taking at the Bush Theatre, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic, King Lear at The Royal Exchange and A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes at the Tricycle Theatre. His film and television credits include Carnival Row, Outlander, The Five, Waking The Dead, Adulthood, Vera, Lewis, Clocking Off, Cracker and Waterloo Road.
Keziah Joseph’s (Lucy) theatre credits include Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear at the National Theatre, Sweeney Todd at the Liverpool Everyman, The Paper Man at Soho Theatre, Dick Whittington at the Lyric Hammersmith, As You Like It at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and The Jungle Book at Chichester Festival Theatre and on UK Tour.
John Leader’s (Edmund) theatre credits include Henry IV Parts I and II for Shakespeare’s Globe, A Monster Calls for the Old Vic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Peter Pan and War Horse for the National Theatre, Running Wild for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Romeo and Juliet for the Orange Tree.
Femi Akinfolarin (Peter) is currently playing the role of Brother in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. His other theatre credits include Man of La Mancha at the London Colliseum and Doctor Doolittle on UK tour.
Shalisa James-Davis’ (Susan) theatre credits include Our Country’s Good and Notre Dame for the National Theatre and Romeo & Juliet for The Globe. Her film credits include Mary Queen of Scots, Bay of Silence. Her television credits include Silent Witness, Next of Kin and Vera.
Stuart Neal (Mr Tumnus) credits include Leo Bloom in The Producers at The Royal Exchange Manchester, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, The Grinning Man for Bristol Old Vic, La Cage aux Folles and Pippin for the Menier Chocolate Factory, Piaf at the Donmar Warehouse, Evita at the Adelphi Theatre and The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick Theatre, Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival and Armory NYC. His film credits include Cinderella and Les Misérables.
Dean Nolan’s (Mr Beaver) theatre credits include Billionaire Boy for the Nuffield Southampton Theatre/Tour, Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter and Steptoe and Son both in the West End, Sweeney Todd, Fiddler on the Roof, The Conquest of the South Pole and Romeo and Juliet all for Liverpool Everyman, and Big Fish at the Other Palace Theatre. His screen credits include the upcoming ITV series Quiz created by Stephen Frears and James Graham, Flack for UKTV, Will for TNT and Rufus Norris’ London Road.
Beverly Rudd’s (Mrs Beaver) theatre credits include Kneehigh’s production Dead Dog In A Suitcase, Tin Drum and Brief Encounter in the West End and on national and international Tour, Peter Pan, The Beggars Opera and Into The Woods for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, The Twits at the Curve Theatre, James And The Giant Peach for West Yorkshire Playhouse and Much Ado About Nothing for the Royal Exchange Theatre. Her television credits include Lisa as a series regular in Trollied for Sky as well as guest appearances in Shameless for Channel 4, Him & Her for BBC 3 and Coronation Street for ITV.
Omari Bernard’s (Maugrim) theatre credits include Porgy and Bess and Two Boy for English National Opera, The Bodyguard in the West End and on UK Tour, Fame on UK tour, Starlight Express in Germany and on International Tour, Tommy the Cat in Dick Whittington at the New Wimbledon Theatre.