Reviews: What Did Critics Think of the West End's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Think of the West End's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?

The Mike Fentiman-directed stage adaptation of the C.S. Lewis book began its run at the Gillian Lynne Theatre July 28.

Samantha Womack in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

Reviews are in for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the West End's Gillian Lynne Theatre, which runs July 28 through January 8, 2023. The new stage adaptation of C. S.' book of the same name made its world premiere at Leeds Playhouse, followed by a U.K. and Ireland tour prior to its current West End run.

The production stars Samantha Womack as the White Witch, with the Pevensie children played by Ammar Duffus as Peter, Shaka Kalokoh as Edmund, Robyn Sinclair as Susan, and Delainey Hayles as Lucy.

Read the reviews here.

Evening Standard (Nick Curtis)

London Theatre 1 (Chris Omaweng)

London Theatre (Sophie Thomas)

The Stage (Theo Bosanquet)

The Telegraph (Claire Allfree)

The Times (Clive Davis)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Company of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

The cast also includes Scott Brooks as Mr. Pope and Fox Trot; Rachel Dawson as Miss Chutney, Blue Badger, and Spirit of the Moon; Oliver Grant as Mr. Wilson, Schrodinger, Red Squirrel, Head Cruel, and Aslan Puppeteer; Julian Hoult as Mr. Beaver; Matthew James Hinchliffe as Mr Marsden, and Mauve Mole; Chris Jared as Aslan; Sean Lopeman as Mr. Brinkworth, March Hare, and Aslan Puppeteer; Shaun McCourt as Mr. Granville, Jack Rabbit, and Aslan Puppeteer; Emmanuel Ogunjinmi as Maugrim, Solider, Satyr, and White Stag; Micha Richardson as Mrs. Pevensie and Robin; Christina Tedders as Mrs. Beaver; Jez Unwin as Mr. Tumnus; Charlotte-Kate Warren as Miss Gumley Warmly and Phoeni; and Johnson Willis as Professor Kirk, Father Christmas, Wise Owl, and White Mouse.

Rounding out the company are swings Myla Carmen, Jasmin Colangelo, Ashlee Irish, and Ciaran Roger.

Sam Womack and Chris Jared in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Matt Crockett

Mike Fentiman directs the production from Sally Cookson's original, leading a creative team that includes scenic and costume designer Tom Paris, lighting designer Jack Knowles, sound designers Ian Dickinsonand Gareth Tucker for Autograph, composer Benji Bower, composer and musical supervisor Barnaby Race, choreographer Shannelle 'Tali' Fergus, puppet director Toby Olié, puppet designer Max Humphries, aerial director Gwen Hales, illusion and magic designer Chris Fisher, fight director Jonathan Holby, music director Toby Higgins, co-orchestrator Samuel Wilson, original movement director Dan Canham, and original writer in the room and dramaturg Adam Peck. The production is cast by Will Burton, and wigs, hair, and makeup are by Susanna Peretz.

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Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber produce, along with Jonathan Church Theatre Productions, Gavin Kalin, Playing Field, No Guarantees, Crossroads Live, and Jones Theatrical Group.

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Chris Jared, Oliver Grant, Shaun McCourt, and Sean Lopeman in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

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