2nd December 2013, 9:00am
Christmas classic invites Lincoln audiences to join the journey to Narnia
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Nothing signals the start of Christmas like flurries of snowflakes, a cast of magical characters and scores of festive song; all of which will be on show at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) this December, as final-year University of Lincoln students invite the public to join them on a mysterious journey to Narnia.  

In a series of 19 performances, showing from Friday 13th to Tuesday 24th December 2013, a troupe of 19 Drama students will deliver a spectacular adaptation of the classic Christmas production, 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'.

Originally commissioned and staged by the RSC, this musical version of the play will take place in-the-round at the LPAC, positioning the audience at the heart of the action. The central stage will offer audience members a new perspective on the family favourite, with the production featuring an exciting variety of puppetry, musicality and animated digital projection.

The festive show has been in production since September this year, as part of the level three ‘Theatre for Children’ module on the Lincoln School of Performing Arts’ BA (Hons) Drama programme.

Dominic Symonds, Director and Reader in Drama at the Lincoln School of Performing Arts, said: “'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' is a magical tale in an extraordinary land with amazing characters, and we are all delighted to be bringing it to life. With our production, we hope to take adults back to the Christmases of their early years and give children their first glimpse of the magic of Narnia.

“We have been working with the production team at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre since the beginning of term, and with such a significant run of shows, the students are experiencing the reality of professional theatre. We know that we will be competing with perceptions of Narnia taken from the recent film production; however, while we don’t have the same CGI special effects, we are confident that the experience of live theatre can be even more immersive. Theatre is all about creating a little bit of magic, particularly at Christmas, so for our audience it will literally be snowing just inches away, and we are especially excited about introducing them to Aslan!”

In the play, four children – Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy – are evacuated from London during the Blitz, and stay in a country house. While exploring, Lucy stumbles across a curious wardrobe - a gateway to a mysterious world where their adventure begins. The land of Narnia lies under the power of the White Witch who casts a spell so that it is forever winter, but never Christmas, and the children find themselves caught in a thrilling struggle between good and evil.

Kirsty Taylor, who plays Lucy in the production, said: “It has been an amazing experience to be part of such a magical story and I've had so much fun in rehearsals so far! I can't wait for the performances to start. It will certainly be a very magical start to Christmas and I hope the audience will enjoy the show as we take them on a journey into Narnia!”

'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' will run from Friday 13th – Tuesday 24th December 2013 at the LPAC, with morning, matinee and evening performances. Tickets are priced from £10 for children and from £12 for adults, with discounted family tickets also available.

For more information and to book your tickets, visit www.lpac.co.uk, or call the Box Office on 01522 837600.
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