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Lion! Witch! Wardrobe!

CS Lewis’s classic children’s tale ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ has been turned into a wondrous stage show. It’s already taken the West End by storm and it will be roaring into Sunderland this November.

This stage version of CS Lewis’s evergreen story sticks closely to the plot of the novel with the opening section showing wartime child evacuees spirited away from the Blitz towards their date with a certain wardrobe. It’s all very jolly hockey sticks to begin with, but when Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter emerge from said wardrobe into a world where talking fauns exist, they – and we the audience – are transported into an almost hallucinatory Narnia, which gradually becomes a riot of colour and action. This critically acclaimed production reunites the great Sally Cookson (responsible for the likes of ‘Peter Pan’ at the National Theatre’ and the five-star laden ‘Jane Eyre’) with designer Rae Smith, writer Adam Peck, movement director Dan Canham, and puppetry director Craig Leo to grandstanding effects. Brace yourself for real thrills. JL

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Tuesday 30 November- Saturday 4 December, Sunderland Empire, 7pm (Wed & Sat mats 2pm), from £13.