The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe — Rose Theatre

This week I went to watch an all time children’s classic come to life at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is of course part of the series of books, The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. Having not watched the movies I only vaguely remembered the story and characters. As soon as Edmond mentioned ‘Turkish Delight’ it started coming back to me!

It is a great story based on four children and their discovery of a magical land that awaits them through a wardrobe in an old professor’s house.  The Rose Theatre has done a fantastic job of making the story seem so real. My children (aged 8 and 6) were captivated throughout the performance. The few special effects were impressive and the sound effects realistic. A few scenes my 6 year old daughter found a little scary but that may be because we were right in front of the stage. I opted for the ‘pit cushion’ tickets which are on the floor in front of the stage. The downside being that you have to sit on the floor (cushions provided for free or bring your own) and the upside being that you are really close to the actors and stage. Sitting at the front also meant the cast interacted with us more by walking through us in many scenes.

The actors were really good, my favourite being the White Witch. Her costume and facial expressions were amazing — watch out for her playing two parts which I didn’t notice until the end! Aslan, the Lion was ok, his roaring really loud and real. Above all the child actors did a great job, I especially liked Peter’s character of a caring elder brother was portrayed wonderfully. There are many songs in this production but thankfully not too many, musicals aren’t really my thing! My son really enjoyed the fighting scenes which were masterfully executed by the cast, the direction and music on point. Obviously this is not the West End but for a local theatre, the Rose did a brilliant job.

Essential Info: Suitable for ages above 4 due to some scary scenes and their inability to sit still! Performance approx 2 hours long with a 20 minute interval. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is running until the 4th January 2015. Food & Drink can be purchased in the interval but I would advise buying before as the queues can be very long. Running time: 2 hours plus 20 minute interval.
Tickets:  £10 – £27 per person plus booking fee. Pit Cushion tickets – £10. Family tickets available. 
Address: 24-26 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HL. Nearest train: Kingston. Nearest Car park: Rose Car park

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