The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Posted on: 24 May 2012 by Anthony Page

A fantastic night out watching a new production of the CS Lewis classic by the 360degree Theatre Company.

Granddad is a hero – I took three of my grandchildren to see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the 360 degree Theatre in Kensington Gardens, London. Now if you live in London or are travelling here go to this show it is magical – a fabulous visual experience! We went to one of the preview events (they last until the 29th May –so book soon) and got a free ticket for each child with each paying adult. This was a good deal. Normally tickets start at £25 and go up to £65 for the Premium seats – although with a totally circular theatre viewing is excellent and there are no obstructions to impede the view.

This production is staged by the 360degree Theatre Company, which staged Peter Pan in the same location last year – it was an enormous success with tickets completely sold out in a few days.

The show is staged in an enormous tent, which is supported by a triangular gantry (so there are no supports in the performance area) and this in turn supports what is called a Cupola which houses over ten tons of audio visual equipment and cabling for the wire acts that are and integral part of the show – fighting scenes, flying props, animated trees, goblins and fairies – this show has it all. The inner lining of the tent is used as a cinematic backdrop for scenery changes from the inside of the wardrobe to the icy regions of the frozen forest of Narnia. The whole visual experience is breathtaking – the adults and the children all loved it.

Although the tent is located in Kensington Gardens there is nothing makes do about it. There are external and internal seating nears the bars and food areas for pre and interval drinks. The tent is ward and the seat very comfortable.

The story is based on the classic story of The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis - this is the first instalment. In the story four children find a magic wardrobe in their uncles house that is a doorway to Nanina the world of good and evil battled out between the wicked white witch and Aslan the lion. The whole story is based on the fight between good and evil and the resurrection of Aslan who is symbolic of Christ.

The cast is young and pretty unknown but they give very commendable performances helped along by the voice over for Aslen by David Suchet. If there’s a show for kids in this Jubilee – Olympic Year this is the one!

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