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Sally Dexter, Forbes Masson and Brian Protheroe to appear in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in Kensington Gardens


C.S. LEWIS’
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY RUPERT GOOLD


DIRECTED BY RUPERT GOOLD AND MICHAEL FENTIMAN

OPENS IN KENSINGTON GARDENS ON 29th MAY 2012
WITH PREVIEWS FROM 8th MAY 2012


Sally Dexter, Forbes Masson and Brian Protheroe will be taking on the roles of the White Witch, Mr Tumnus and the Professor respectively in a dazzling and dramatic retelling of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which opens in the historic grounds of Kensington Gardens this summer.  Further casting to be announced.

In a unique collaboration this major new production is adapted by award-winning director Rupert Goold, staged by threesixty, who gained international acclaim for their first production, Peter Pan, and directed by Rupert Goold and Michael Fentiman.
Staged in the state of the art threesixty theatre tent this visually stunning live production will use threesixty's ground-breaking surround video and enchanting puppetry to bring to life the magic of Narnia in one of the world’s best-loved stories.
Four siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, discover the magical world of Narnia when they pass through a mysterious wardrobe door. Ruled by the White Witch who has cast a spell making it forever winter, the children together with new found friends battle to bring happiness to the land in this classic tale of good versus evil.

Threesixty’s inimitable productions offer audiences of all ages an all-encompassing theatrical experience delivering some of the greatest stories ever written as they have never been seen before. Peter Pan, threesixty’s launch production, rapidly became a phenomenon and played to over 150,000 people over 16 weeks in the summer of 2009 before moving to the O2 and on to a tour of the USA.  

Rupert Goold is Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre and an Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Productions for Headlong include Earthquakes in London, ENRON (2009 Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director), King Lear, Six Characters in Search of an Author, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Rough Crossings, Faustus, Restoration and Paradise Lost. His other work as a director includes The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet (RSC), Time and the Conways (National), Oliver! (West End), No Man's Land (Gate Theatre, Dublin/West End - Irish Times Award Best Director), The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Lange (West End); the world premiere of Speaking Like Magpies, a new play by Frank McGuinness, for the RSC; and a national and international tour of Scaramouche Jones with Pete Postlethwaite. In August 2006 he directed The Tempest with Patrick Stewart as Prospero for the RSC. Rupert's Macbeth, with Patrick Stewart, transferred from Chichester Festival Theatre to the West End in 2007, then to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and finally to Broadway, finishing in May 2008. He was awarded the 2007 Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and Olivier Awards for Best Director and the film based on the production was broadcast on the BBC in December 2010.

Michael Fentiman is currently Artistic Director of Beggars And Kings Theatre Company.  His credits for the RSC include Ahasverus and the Opening Ceremony, and as Associate Director As You Like It, Romeo And Juliet, Hamlet and A Tender Thing; Crackers (Belgrade/Coventry), Blue/Orange (Cockpit) and Spoonface Steinberg (Clwyd/Greenwich/Glasgow Citizens/tour).

Tom Scutt’s theatre design credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice (RSC), Constellations, Remembrance Day (Royal Court), King Lear, Through a Glass Darkly (Almeida), 13 (National), The Contingency Plan: – On the Beach/Resilience (Bush) Vanya, Unbroken, The Internationalist (Gate) Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk (Lyric), Mogadishu (Royal Exchange/Lyric) and Hamlet (Sheffield). Tom also designed Rigoletto for Holland Park Opera. For Headlong he has designed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness, for which he received the 2007 Linbury Biennial Prize and Jocelyn Herbert Award.

Sally Dexter’s theatre credits include Hamlet (Young Vic) in which she played Gertrude opposite Michael Sheen, Tis Pity She’s a Whore (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Recruiting Officer, Closer, The Theatre of Blood, The Winter’s Tale  (National Theatre),  King Lear, Troilus and Cressida and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (RSC). Dexter has also performed lead roles in several major West End musicals including  Billy Elliott and Sister Act and received an Olivier Award nomination for her performances as Nancy in Sam Mendes original production of Oliver! Her many television appearances have included A touch of Frost, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Dalziel and Pascoe and Night and Day. She also co-wrote the three part BBC comedy drama series Sugartown.

Forbes Masson is best known for his comedy partnership with Alan Cumming, together they wrote and starred in the BBC’s comedy The High Life. Masson’s other television appearances include Red Dwarf, EastEnders, Is it Bill Bailey? and A Young Person’s Guide to Becoming a Rock Star. He has performed extensively with the RSC, most recently in As you Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Morte d’Arthur and The Grain Store. His other recent theatre credits include King Lear (Liverpool Playhouse/Young Vic) and the new musical comedy Crackers  (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry) in addition he has also recorded many dramas for BBC Radio 4. Mason has written and composed a series of critically acclaimed musicals; Stiff (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Mince, nominated for a TMA Award, and Pants (Dundee Rep Theatre).

Brian Protheroe has worked considerably in the theatre and on screen.  His recent stage credits include Broken Glass with Tara Fitzgerald and Antony Sher (Tricycle then Vaudeville Theatre), Moonlight and Magnolias (Watermill Theatre), Noises Off (Birmingham Rep), Pericles, The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale (RSC).  He also performed the role of  Saruman in the original West End musical of The Lord of The Rings. On television Protheroe has appeared in My Family, Spooks, Love Soup, North and South and 55 Degrees North. Protheroe is also a successful singer/songwriter, he released his first three albums, Pinball, Pick up and I/You in the 1970’s followed by Citysong in 2005. In 2006 EMI released a Greatest Hits collection of his work, Pinball and Other Stories.


Director & Stage Adaption                               Rupert Goold
Director                                                            Michael Fentiman
Set, Costume & Puppetry Design                     Tom Scutt
Composer & Sound Score                                 Adam Cork
Sound Design                                                    Adam Cork & Sebastian Frost
Lighting Design                                                Tim Mitchell
Puppetry Director                                            Steve Tiplady
Video Designer                                                Chris Randall
Puppet Maker                                                  Max Humphries

PERFORMANCE DETAILS AND BOX OFFICE INFO

BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7693 *Booking fees apply

8 May – 9 Sep 2012
Previews: 8 – 29 May
Press Performance: Tue 29 May at 7pm

KENSINGTON GARDENS
The Threesixty Theatre, Dial Walk, Kensington Gardens, London, W8 4PT
(Next to Kensington Palace and The Royal Garden Hotel, ten minutes walk from High Street Kensington Tube)

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

8 May – 4 June and 11 Jun – 23 Jul
Mon, Wed – Sat 7.30pm, Sat 3pm and Sun 12pm and 3.30pm
29 May 7pm
School Matinees: 12 and 19 July at 1.30pm

4 – 8 June and 23 July – 9 Sep
Mon, Thu – Sat 7.30pm, Wed & Thu 2.30pm, Sat 3pm, Sun 12pm and 3.30pm
Fri 27 July 2pm only


 TICKET PRICES

Previews: Kids go free 8 May – 29 May, Subject to availability

PEAK SAT AND SUN ALL PERFORMANCES
1ST PRICE: £49.50  2ND PRICE: £39.50  3RD PRICE: £29.50

OFF PEAK MON – FRI
1ST PRICE: £45  2ND PRICE: £35  3RD PRICE: £25


DISCOUNTS

Discounts are not valid on peak performances and are all subject to availability

Children 25% off from 29 May

Groups and Schools
0844 871 7644

GROUPS: 20% off peak performances for groups 10+
SCHOOLS: £14.50 plus one teacher free

The threesixty Theatre
Kensington Gardens (by Kensington Palace)
High Street Kensington


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