THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE
The London Theatre Company by special arrangement with Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber, presents the much-celebrated Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
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.
This critically acclaimed production reunites director Sally Cookson with designer Rae Smith, writer in the room Adam Peck, movement director Dan Canham, puppetry director Craig Leo, lighting designer Bruno Poet, sound designer Ian Dickinson and music by Benji Bower all of whom originally brought the show to life in 2017 breaking box office records at Leeds Playhouse.
A THEATRICAL MIRACLE
MAGIC OF MAKE BELIEVE
TRULY EPIC... A NARNIA FOR NOW
A JOYOUS & UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
played from 9 November 2019 – 2 February 2020
at Bridge Theatre, London
Embarking on a UK Tour from November 2021
Cast and Creative
Sally Cookson is an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic, and has collaborated with Travelling Light for ten years.
Her directing work includes: Jane Eyre, first for Bristol Old Vic, then as co-production between Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre, on tour and at the NT.
Other productions include: La Strada, Hetty Feather, Bearhunt, Stick Man, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Strange Case, The Visit, Pains of Youth, Pericles, Papa Please Get the Moon for Me, Clown, 101 Dalmations, Cinderella : A Fairytale, Ali Baba, The Ugly Duckling, Strictly Balti, Boing, How Cold My Toes, Bob the Man on the Moon, Lenny, Home, Shadowplay, Cloudland, Varmints, Romeo and Juliet and School for Scandal, Daisy Pulls It Off, Spring Awakening and mLark Rise to Candleford.
Sally received Olivier nominations for her productions of Cinderella : A Fairytale and Hetty Feather.
Rae Smith’s most recent work includes: Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic, Barber Shop Chronicles for the NT, and The Goat and This House in the West End.
For the National Theatre: wonder.land, The Light Princess, This House, The Veil, Season’s Greetings, Or You Could Kiss Me, All’s Well That Ends Well, War Horse (West End, Broadway and now on tour), Saint Joan, The Seafarer, Pillars of the Community, Theatre of Blood, Street of Crocodiles and The Visit.
Other productions include: The Tempest, Pelleas and Mellisande, Stella, Cavilieri Rusticano, Pagliacci, Benvenutto Cellini, Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Prince of the Pagodas, The Rite of Spring, Petrushka and War Horse in Concert.
Her many awards include: an Olivier Award, Tony Award and Evening Standard Award for War Horse. For Wagner’s Ring Cycle – winner of the Grand Prix for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. An OBIE Award for Best Set and Costume Design for Oliver Twist and the Irish Times Award for Best Costume for An Ideal Husband.
Rae does live drawing for War Horse in concert.
More information on raesmith.co.uk
Benji Bower is a composer, producer and Musical Director for theatre, film, dance and television. He is an Olivier award nominee for Hetty Feather and Cinderella: a Fairytale (both directed by Sally Cookson) and the winner of global independent film awards for best original soundtrack for Weekend Retreat.
TV credits include: Frozen Planet, Faster Harder Stronger, Star Gazing, The Big Blue Live, Rude Britannia, Comix Britannia and Cult of a Suicide Bomber with music used on BBC 1, 2 , 3 AND 4. Channel 4 and 5.
Adam is a playwright and dramaturg, and an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic.
His plays include Bonnie & Clyde, Septimus Bean & His Amazing Machine, The Jungle, Alonely, 140 Million Miles, Medusa, Minotaur, Only, In Cider Story, Out of Touch: A Trilogy and The Red Man.
Other work includes the OFFIE award-winning and Olivier award-nominated Cinderella: A Fairytale, Fagin’s Twist, Father Christmas, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Varmints, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Last Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor, Hey Diddle Diddle, My First Ballet: Cinderella, My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, My First Ballet: Swan Lake, and My First Ballet: Coppelia.
Ian’s most recent designs include Fatherland (MIF), Junkyard (Headlong), Common, Angels in America, Husbands & Sons, Evening at the Talk House, The Red Lion, Rules for Living, A Taste of Honey, Emil and the Detectives, Port, This House and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Olivier Award) – all for the NT. Other recent shows: Before I Leave (NTW), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Nether (Duke of York’s), The River (Broadway), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway and UK tour), The Machine (Manchester International Festival), Elegy, Roots and The Weir (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air), Uncle Vanya and Before the Party (Almeida), Hangmen and The River (Royal Court). Ian has been with the Autograph design team since 2009, and before that was Head of Sound at the Royal Court, where he designed the sound for over 50 productions.
Dan Canham is a contemporary performance-maker and choreographer. Through his company, Still House, he makes socially engaged and visually poetic work that includes dance-theatre, film and installation.
Movement director credits include: Peter Pan (National Theatre) Jane Eyre (National Theatre/Bristol Old Vic) Romeo + Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston) 101 Dalmatians (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Shooting with Light, Voyager (Idle Motion) Once Upon a Time (Aga Blonksa) Solo two (Tassos Stevens).
For Still House: Of Riders and Running Horses (Tbilisi Theatre Festival, Shanghai Theatre Festival, NT Riverstage, Dance Umbrella, Mayfest), 30 Cecil Street (Sadler’s Wells, PuSh Vancouver, Brisbane Festival), Ours Was the Fen Country (National Theatre Shed, Dublin Dance Festival).
Performing credits include: A Matter of Life and Death (National Theatre), To Be Straight with You (DV8 Physical theatre) The Bacchae, Tristan and Yseult, Brief Encounter (Kneehigh Theatre) Rite of Spring (Fabulous Beast/ENO), Faust (punchdrunk) Agnes and Walter (Smith Dance Theatre) Mother Savage (Travelling Light).
Craig Leo is a South African theatre designer, puppeteer and performing artist. As a ‘failed’ architectural student, he left university to start his career as an assistant stage manager. Whilst apprenticing South African designer and circus guru Keith Anderson, they revived the then-Cape Performing Arts Board Puppet Company in the 1990s and things progressed. During this time, he began training in circus arts, performing with the Zip Zap Circus. While performing in the Sun City Circus Extravaganza, Baletsatsi, he collaborated with colleagues to form the acrobatic theatre company called ‘Myth’, touring both Austria and Germany. As performer and designer, he been fortunate enough to have worked with top South African theatre-makers: Magnet Theatre, Jazzart Dance Theatre, Janni Younge Productions and the Handspring Puppet Company.
For Jazzart Dance Theatre and Magnet Theatre collaborations, he designed costume and set for Medea, Bolero, Rain in a Dead Man’s Footprints, Cargo, Partly God, The Flower of Shembe, I Turned Away and She Was Gone, City of Paradise and many more. In 2016, as puppeteer, he collaborated on The Firebird for Janni Younge Productions.
His collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company has included Tall Horse, Il ritorno d’Ulisse for William Kentridge, Franco Dragone’s The House of Dancing Water, War Horse, Or You Could Kiss Me and Olifantland. Craig enjoys a teaching relationship with the University of Cape Town’s drama department and his continued relationship as associate director of puppetry with the production War Horse.
London Theatre includes: Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre); Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre); The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time (Gielgud Theatre Recast 1 and 2); Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre); Lazarus (Kings Cross Theatre); War Horse (New London Theatre Final Cast); Show Boat (New London Theatre); Jersey Boys (Piccadilly and Prince Edward Theatres); The Scottsboro Boys (UK Casting, Garrick and Young Vic Theatres); The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane and UK Tours); Fosse (Prince Of Wales Theatre).
Tours and Regional Theatre includes: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time (UK Tour and International Tour 2017/18); War Horse (UK Tour 2017/18); Jane Eyre (UK Tour 2017); La Strada (UK Tour 2017); Jersey Boys (UK Tours); Show Boat (Crucible Theatre Sheffield).
Jill Green is a full member of The Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.
Casting Assistant – Amy Beadel
A Tony Winning Producer, Catherine has been named the 2017 Broadway Global Producer of the Year. She is most proud of bringing Kander & Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys to London where it won The London Critics’ Circle Award, The Evening Standard Award and was nominated for seven Olivier Awards including Best New Musical (Young Vic/Garrick Theatre.) She currently joins Kenny Wax, Stage Presence, Kevin McCollum and J.J. Abrams as a lead producer on the Broadway transfer of the Olivier award-winning, The Play that Goes Wrong. She is thrilled to be a Lead Producer with Elliot/Harper on Sally Cookson’s The Lion, Witch & The Wardrobe(West Yorkshire Playhouse). Catherine is a producer on Dreamgirls(WestEnd) and was a Lead Producer on The Life(Southwark Playhouse) and on Gabriel(Tour UK). Catherine is a Tony winner for Clybourne Park. Her five Tony nominations include Fiddler on the Roof, Scottsboro Boys, Next Fall and Peter and the Starcatcher. Her Four Olivier Nominations include Dreamgirls, Show Boat, People Places & Things and The Scottsboro Boys. Past Productions: The King’s Speech (West End), China Doll, Anarchist, Stick Fly, (Broadway) The Boy From Oz (Peru) The Effect, Desperate Writers (Off-Broadway) A Phi Beta Kappa, Yale College graduate, Catherine is a proud recipient of the Key to the City, Scottsboro, Alabama for her work as a Founding Member of The Scottsboro Boys Museum and she was so honored to give the key note address when the Governor of Alabama signed the Scottsboro Boys Act in 2013, exonerating The Scottsboro Boys.