by C.S. Lewis Dramatized by Adrian Mitchell Director Tim Carroll
In a world where imagination and magic conquer all, this is the ultimate family fun escape. Inspired by wonder, four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia to fulfil their destiny.
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2016: Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Bertrand in A Little Night Music. Fourth season. Stratford: Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Diggory in She Stoops to Conquer, Mother Courage and Her Children, King John, Romeo and Juliet. Elsewhere: Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Theatre by the Bay); Henry in Next to Normal (Clearwater Theatre). Training: George Brown Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory. Et cetera: "Much love to all my friends and family, and many thanks to Mom, Dad, Alex, Daniel, Grandma, Caroline, Frank and Shari."
2016: Peter in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ralph in Shakespeare in Love and Aeneas in The Aeneid. 13th season. Stratford: Roger (She Stoops to Conquer), Thom (The Last Wife), Unicorn/Carpenter (Alice Through the Looking-Glass), Sandy Tyrell (Hay Fever), Lodovico (Othello), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Louis the Dauphin (Henry V), Richmond (Richard III), Hosanna (Hosanna), Ferdinand (The Tempest), Proteus (The Two Gentlemen of Verona), Malcolm (Macbeth) (twice), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Nathaniel (Love's Labour's Lost), Edgar (King Lear), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Pierrot (Don Juan), Cromwell (Henry VIII). Elsewhere: Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) (MTC); Clown (The 39 Steps) (Globe); Simon/Wahab (Scorched) (Citadel/Tarragon); Pierrot (Don Juan) (Théâtre du Nouveau Monde); Narrator (The Rape of Lucrece) (Theatre Ste. Catherine); Henry V (Henry V) (Gravy Bath). Training: National Theatre School, John Abbott College, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Michael Mawson Award, Chalmers Training Award. Et cetera: "Much love to Sarah and my girls."
2016: Maugrim in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Ned Alleyn in Shakespeare in Love. Fifth season. Stratford: Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer, Edmund in King Lear, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cassio in Othello, O'Kelly in Mary Stuart and appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, The Beaux' Stratagem, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, Elektra. Elsewhere: Hohenzollern in Prince of Homburg (TIFT); Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Neptune); Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Grand); Paul in Hail (RCAT); Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (c2c); Sin in Fear of Flight (Artistic Fraud); Clarke in No Man's Land (Rising Tide). Directing: Henry IV, Part 1, Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Perchance); The Leisure Society, Autobahn, The Stendhal Syndrome (c2c). Assistant directing: The Winter's Tale (Groundling). Film/TV: Reign (CW); Republic of Doyle, Diverted, Above and Beyond (CBC). Training: BFA (Acting), University of Alberta; Birmingham Conservatory.
2016: Troll in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Achmaenides, Old Farmer in The Aeneid. Fourth season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Beaux' Stratagem, Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, Othello. Birmingham Conservatory: Twelfth Night (Robin Phillips); Private Lives, Tons of Money (Christopher Newton); Hamlet (Stephen Ouimette); Love's Labour's Lost (Martha Henry). Elsewhere: Henry VI in Henry VI: Wars of the Roses, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Timon of Athens (Vancouver's Bard on the Beach); The East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement); The Exquisite Hour (Relephant); The Wizard of Oz, A Year with Frog and Toad, Seussical (Carousel); The Emperor's New Threads (Axis). Training: Birmingham Conservatory, Studio 58, Canadian National Voice Intensive. Awards: One Jessie Award; Sydney J. Risk Award. Et cetera: Josue is also a teacher, director and mask maker. Online: "Tweet me @josuelaboucane."
Author: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Born in Belfast, Ireland, on November 29, 1898, Clive Staples Lewis was not only a renowned novelist, poet and Christian apologist but also one of the leading scholars and literary critics of the 20th century.
Educated at various schools, as well as by private tutors, he was awarded a scholarship at University College, Oxford, in 1916, but his studies there were interrupted by service in the First World War, in which he was wounded. After graduating in 1923, he taught at Magdalen College, Oxford, until 1954, when he was elected to the newly created Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.
Lewis wrote more than 30 books, among them Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters and the seven children's novels that make up The Chronicles of Narnia. The Narnia books have sold more than 100 million copies and have inspired several screen adaptations.
In 1956, Lewis married American writer Joy Davidman; she died of cancer four years later. Lewis himself died in Oxford on November 22 1963. In 2013, on the 50th anniversary of his death, he was honoured with a memorial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.
Dramatist: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Born near Hampstead Heath in North London in 1932, Adrian Mitchell was educated in Wiltshire and at Christ Church, Oxford. He worked as a reporter with the Oxford Mail and the Evening Standard, then as a freelance journalist, writing about books, pop music, jazz and television for many British newspapers.
His extensive work in the theatre as a playwright and librettist spanned four decades, starting with his verse adaptation for Peter Brook's Royal Shakespeare Company production of Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade at the Aldwych in 1964. His subsequent work, comprising both adaptations and original plays, has been performed not only at the RSC but also at Britain's National Theatre and Unicorn Theatre, and around the world.
His adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the RSC opened in December 1998 to huge critical acclaim. It subsequently transferred to London's Barbican in March 1999 and was revived in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 1999. The RSC production was presented at Sadlers Wells at Christmas of 2000 and 2001.
Other works and adaptations for the stage include Aladdin, No One Rides the Unicorn, Animal Farm (adapted with Peter Hall from George Orwell's book), A Child's Christmas in Wales (adapted with Jeremy Brooks from the original by Dylan Thomas), Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (RSC), and three popular adaptations of Beatrix Potter's stories: Jemima Puddle-Duck and Her Friends, Tom Kitten and His Friends and Peter Rabbit and His Friends.
As well as being a prolific playwright, television screenwriter and lyricist, Mitchell published four novels - If You See Me Comin', The Bodyguard, Wartime and Man Friday - along with numerous well-loved books of poetry for adults and children, and several storybooks for young people. He died in North London at the age of 76 on December 20, 2008.
2016: Associate sound designer of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Fourth season. Past seasons include sound designs for Pericles and Hirsch. Elsewhere: Sound designer: Up The Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre); The Mountaintop (The Grand); Was Spring, Communion (Tarragon Theatre); Outside, In This World (Roseneath Theatre); Bingo! (Factory Theatre); Queer Bathroom Stories (Buddies in Bad Times); Free as Injuns (Native Earth Performing Arts); Sound design and original music for The Red Queen, Stockholm (Seventh Stage Productions); You Will Remember Me, The Normal Heart (Studio 180); The Atomic Weight of Happiness (StandUp Dance). Training: Bishop's University, National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Verne is also a certified personal trainer and published poet.
2016: Magic consultant for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Performer: The Conjuror, The Conjuror's Suite, Tricks (Magicana); Card Table Artifice, Natural Magick (Luminato). Author: The Experts at the Card Table; Slaight: Off Hand; Dai Vernon: A Biography; Advantage Play; Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic. Magic Consultant: Possible Worlds, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Stratford); Of Human Bondage, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties, School for Scoundrels (Soulpepper); Ragtime, One Touch of Venus (Shaw Festival); The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty); Penn and Teller (Penn and Teller); Divisadero (Ondaatje). Film/TV: A Conjuror in the Making (A&E); The Devil's Playthings (Magicana); Yes/No (Brian Johnson); Kit Kittredge: An American Girl; Murdoch Mysteries; Dai Vernon: The Spirit of Magic; The Wizards of Awe; The Strange Genius of Stewart James (The Canadians - Biographies of a Nation); Heroes of Magic (Thames Television).
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