9 December 2012

Joseph with some of cast in rehearsal.


We’ve spent the weekend rehearsing for our first Christmas show here at The Atrium. I chose THE LION, THE WITCH  AND THE WARDROBE because it appears to be a story that enchants a lot of people of all ages. Some of us remember the BBC TV series of the nineties, others the more recent Narnia film of 2005, and others remember the beloved books and handsome illustrations.

It’s a new play – I was given special permission from the estate of C. S. Lewis himself to write it – and I am sure our small cast of actors will do the original story proud. I’ll stress that it is a play – not a pantomime or musical – because we wanted to produce something that would compliment the existing local offers. Magic, enchantment and good versus evil are key parts of a story particularly at Christmas time, and I’m pleased to say we’re working up all those elements for a fantastic theatrical treat.

Amongst the fake fur and glue, cutting snowflakes and eating lots of mince pies (due to the first rehearsal taking place the same time as the Christmas food festival – which was excellent) everyone is working very hard. Characters such as Mr Tumnus and the White Witch are iconic figures both in literature and theatre, but we still want to present them as fresh new beings just for our show.

We’re sure everyone will have a great time this Christmas with us – we’ve already had hundreds of people joining us for our Christmas cinema (Arthur Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life matinee), workshops and food festival. It’s definitely the time to come along for some theatre; along with with your special Turkish Delight hot chocolate of course!

Find out more about the show and book tickets here.