The Leeds Playhouse production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will head off on a UK tour next year.

The London cast of the production last year. (c)Brinkhoff/Moegenburg.

This new UK tour will open at the Curve Leicester on Tuesday 2nd November 2021.

Based on C.S. Lewis’ classic story, which was voted the nation’s favourite book in 2019, the production will be directed by Michael Fentiman, based on the original production by Sally Cookson.

The show which broke box office records at Leeds Playhouse in 2017 and played to packed houses and critical acclaim at the Bridge Theatre in London in 2019, will travel across the UK & Ireland, including a six-week Christmas season at The Lowry in Salford.

Step through the wardrobe into the enchanted kingdom of Narnia. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave goodbye to wartime Britain and embark on the most magical of adventures in a frozen, faraway land where they meet a Faun, talking Beavers, Aslan, the noble king of Narnia, and the coldest, most evil White Witch.

The creative team includes Set and Costume Designer Tom Paris, Composer Benji Bower, Music Supervisor/Composer Barnaby Race, Choreographer Shelley Maxwell, Lighting Designer Bruno Poet, Sound Designer Ian Dickinson and Gareth Tucker for Autograph, Puppetry Director Toby Olié, Puppetry Designer Max Humphries, Aerial Director Gwen Hales, Illusionist Chris Fisher, Dramaturg Adam Peck and Movement Consultant Dan Canham. It is produced on tour by Elliott & Harper Productions in association with Catherine Schreiber and based on the original Leeds Playhouse production.

Talking about the news, producer Chris Harper said: “C.S. Lewis wrote “they open a door and enter a world” and this is what every child imagines and dreams about. This is exactly why I’m thrilled to be able to bring this incredible new version of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe on a tour of the UK in time for Christmas 2021. Following a record breaking success at the Leeds Playhouse and The Bridge Theatre in London, the Pevensie children will travel from Narnia to venues across the UK and Ireland. 
2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, but we can’t wait for children and adults alike to join us on this truly magical journey through the wardrobe next year.”

The tour dates that have been announced so far as follows:

Tues 2 – Sat 13 November 2021
Curve, Leicester
Box Office: 0116 242 3595
https://www.curveonline.co.uk

Tues 16 – Sat 20 November 2021
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Box Office: 03330 096 690

Tues 23 – Sat 27 November 2021
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Box Office: 023 8071 1811
www.mayflower.org.uk

Tues 30 November – Sat 4 December 2021
Sunderland Empire
Box office: 03330 096 690

Weds 8 December 2021 – Sat 15 January 2022
The Lowry, Salford
Box Office: 0343 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

Tues 18 – Sat 22 January 2022
Wales Millennium Centre
Box Office: 029 2063 6464
www.wmc.org.uk

Tues 1 – Sat 5 February 2022
Nottingham Theatre Royal
Box Office: 0115 989 5555
www.trch.co.uk

Tues 8 – Sat 12 February 2022
Edinburgh King’s Theatre
Box Office: 0131 529 6000
www.capitaltheatres.com

Tues 15 – Sat 19 February 2022
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Box Office: 01227 787787
www.marlowetheatre.com

Tues 22 – Sat 26 February 2022
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Box Office: 01752 267 222
www.theatreroyal.com

Tues 1 March – Saturday 5 March 2022
Glasgow Theatre Royal
Box Office: 03330 096 690

Tues 8- Sat 12 March 2022
Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Box office: 0844 871 3011

Tues 15 – Sat 19 March 2022
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
Box Office: 00 353 1677 7999
www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

Tues 22 – Sat 26 March
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Box Office: 0333 009 6690

Tues 5 April – Sat 9 April
Norwich Theatre Royal
Box Office: 01603 630 000
https://norwichtheatre.org