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REVIEW | The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe at The Lowry Theatre – Manchester

Sarah
January 8, 2022

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What I loved about it:

How epic the sets, props and puppetry were! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe production at The Lowry was visually incredible but also the entire cast were wonderfully talented – there were even musicians dancing whilst simultaneously playing large string instruments and singing!
As well as this, The Lowry is a fantastic, exciting venue and the whole experience was magical throughout.

Location:

The Lowry, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

Suitable for:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at The Lowry is suitable for families with children above 5 years old, couples, singles and groups of friends. The Lowry don’t recommend bringing children under 5 to see this show and I would agree, as it may be a little loud or sometimes dark for them.

Value for money (out of 10):

9

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THE DETAILS

THE VENUE

When I was kindly invited to attend the launch night of the live production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at The Lowry, I knew right away who my plus one would be – my five year old son Archie, a huge appreciator of a good story who has never seen a show as magical as this before.
It had been a while since I’d seen any shows at The Lowry so I was pretty excited myself to visit this fantastic venue again.
We got a little dressed up after school and work then headed over.
If you haven’t seen The Lowry before, the building is certainly interesting in appearance with its geometric and ship-like architecture, which is very fitting in its surroundings – The Lowry is situated on Pier 8 of Salford Quays, right by the water.
Upon entry we were wowed by the foyers bold, colourful interiors and the Lion themed decorations.
We were helpfully directed to our seats where we got comfy and waited for the show to start, and marvelled at the set before the show had even begun!
There was a comfort interval halfway through the show, where we were treated to complimentary bubbly (juice for Archie) and exclusive use of the bar area – we were even papped on the red carpet!

THE SHOW

Written by C.S. Lewis in 1950, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a popular and well-loved story enjoyed by all ages since being published. Archie was a stranger to the story and hasn’t yet seen the films, so he was absolutely engrossed in the captivating show from start to finish.
The effort put into the enormous set, props, music, lighting, casting and of course performance was phenomenal, and I was impressed at how I felt waves of emotion and tingles down my spine within the first five minutes! Without giving too much away, I wondered how the show would depict the train journey scene on a stage or how they would include Aslan the lion in the performance, but scenes such as these were represented perfectly through careful choreography and epic puppetry.
The clever use of lighting was vital throughout the performance, in that it set the mood to exactly what they wanted it to be at any moment; we followed the cast from the dark coldness of snowy Narnia right through to the warm orange glow of when we meet bold Aslan.
As well as all of the visual and musical brilliance of the show, The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe at The Lowry was a rollercoaster from start to finish, from its moments of glee to its moments of melancholy. Archie was engrossed throughout, eager to know how the story would unfold and finish and of course, he was very happy with the joyful ending.

If you’d like to enjoy watching The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe at The Lowry be quick – the shows ends in just one week on the 15th January!

Thank you for reading and if you do get to visit Narnia, I hope you enjoy the show ;)

Sarah xXx

REVIEW

This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

Sarah
January 8, 2022
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