Next Stage Theatre Company yet again does a fantastic job of staging a hugely ambitious and magical play with their production of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Glyn Robbins’ wonderful adaptation of the famous children’s story is brought to life by Next Stage with inspired performances and outstanding direction.

 
The four Pevensie children; Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy go on the most fantastical adventure after they travel through a wardrobe and find themselves in the land of Narnia. When in Narnia the adventure really begins as an array of funny, scary and almighty characters are introduced. These animal and mythical creatures attempt to either help fulfil or prevent the ancient prophecy which shall bring order back to Narnia.

Although the entire cast give hugely impressive performances, from the first scene to the last, two actresses really shone. Jenny McGlynn portrayed Lucy Pevensie in such a way that the entire audience was on her side from the moment she appeared on stage, capturing the essence of child-like naivety and goodness completely. Hannah Smyth as The White Witch was mesmerizing whenever she appeared. She was truly intimidating, confident and had a great stage presence. Maugrim was also intimidating and embodied the character’s animalistic ferocity with aplomb—Mr and Mrs Beaver were a great counterbalance as the comic relief, making the audience laugh out loud on multiple occasions.

Everyone involved in this production should be proud of the work they have done for this fabulous show. The minimalistic set and beautiful costumes only added further to an absolute must-see.    

 

Aaron Lembo