Saturday, 29 September 2012

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Three Sixty Theatre

This post is really over due so apologies for anyone who was waiting to read it.
During the summer holidays my family and I went to see a production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Three Sixty Theatre situated in the stunning grounds of Kensington Palace.
I bought the tickets via Kids Week co. uk which allowed us to get free tickets for the girls. As I am sure many of you will know West End theatre tickets are very expensive and when buying for a family of four it worked out a ridiculous price, so to be able to get the children's tickets for free was an absolute bargain.
When we arrived, we found our seats had been upgraded - we went from sitting in the back row, to sitting in the second row from the front. Within the Three Sixty Theatre no seats could be considered bad seats - as the theatre is completely round and there are only about fifteen rows heading to the back.
The stage sits prominently in the middle and we were surprised to find how involved the audience felt when the stage show began. The actors and actresses would appear right beside us as they headed for the stage.
To be honest, I was a little sceptical about how good the show would be to begin with, but as it progressed I was completely drawn into it. By the time, Aslan arrived on the stage I was completely smitten.
The acting was brilliant, the minimal amount of props used really seemed to intensify the performance. The use of the theatre walls itself allowed the audience to feel like they were part of the experience.  I was totally mesmerised.
(I have borrowed this photo from The Telegraph where you can see more information about it here.
As you can see from the picture, Aslan moved around the stage with three visible performers but that didn't stop you believing he was real. With the voice of David Suchet, this magnificent puppet stole my heart. When the scene came for him to be murdered, I wept buckets.  I don't think I have ever been so moved by a stage performance ever.
The music from the show was haunting and it reached into my heart - I was clapping furiously by the end of the show. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a show so much and my daughters loved it.
I will definitely be purchasing tickets next year for which ever story they plan to tell - I hope to make it an annual family outing!

For more details:
http://web.lionwitchtheshow.com/home

3 comments:

  1. Having heard a lot about this, I'm glad it turned out to be such a good show and not just a lot of hype.

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  2. It was an absolutely fantastic show wasn't it Viv! It was so surreal to bump into you there too LOL - what a small world we live in :o) I'm so glad you all enjoyed it as much as we did

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