Casting was today announced for a major new production of C S Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe which will play at West Yorkshire Playhouse this Christmas. This new production directed and devised by Sally Cookson and the company will be performed from 29 November 2017 – 21 January 2018.
Peter Caulfield will play the loveable Fawn, Mr Tumnus. His extensive credits in theatre and television include BBC1’s Doctor Who, Channel 4’s Cucumber, and King Herod in the Olivier award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Joining him are Iain Johnstone as the great lion Aslan and CITV’s My Parents Are Aliens actress Carla Mendonça as the White Witch.
The Pevensie children will be played by Michael Jean-Marain as Peter, John Leader as Edmund, Patricia Allison as Susan and Cora Kirk as Lucy.
Lucy Tuck (Beryl, New Vic Theatre) will play Mrs Beaver, comedian and writer Alan Francis (War Horse, National Theatre/New London Theatre) will play Mr Beaver and wolf Maugrim will be played by Northern School of Contemporary Dance trained Ira Mandela Siobhan. The cast is completed by Amalia Vitale, Helena Parke, Sofie Lybäck, Tom Wainwright, Anwar Russell, Gareth Aled and Marie Hamilton.
The story of four war time evacuees, who venture through an old wardrobe into the world of Narnia will be told by this exceptional cast which includes physical theatre artists, musicians and circus performers.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will be designed by Rae Smith, sound designed by Ian Dickinson, movement direction by Dan Canham, lighting by Bruno Poet, composition and musical direction by Benji Bower, puppetry by Craig Leo, and aerial direction by Gwen Hales. Adam Peck will serve as the Writer in the Room
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is presented in association with Elliott and Harper and Catherine Schreiber.