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Tickets On Sale For ‘The Horse and His Boy’ at The Logos Theatre

Posted September 14, 2018 10:50 am by Glumpuddle 3 Comments

Narnia history will be made on March 1, 2019.

Tickets for the first-ever United States stage production of The Horse and His Boy are now on sale. It will premiere at The Logos Theatre in Taylors, SC.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the horses.

Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis, will be attending the first two performances. The book was dedicated to him and his brother. Listen to NarniaWeb’s discussion with Mr. Gresham about the book and his excitement for the upcoming play.

Over a dozen NarniaWebbers will be in the audience on opening night, so stay tuned for our review.

We understand most of our readers will not be able to make it to South Carolina. But we hope you will join us in celebrating one of the lesser-known (and for many, favorite) Narnia stories getting much-deserved attention.

Read our review for The Logos’ Theatre’s Prince Caspian production.

Shaw Festival to Stage Another Narnia Play in 2019

Posted August 11, 2018 1:33 pm by daughter of the king 5 Comments

Narnia fans may have more than one opportunity to see original stage versions of The Horse and His Boy in North America next year! The Shaw Festival’s version of The Magician’s Nephew opened to excellent reviews earlier this year, and will continue to stage performances this fall. Building off that success, The Standard reported today that one of the plays in next year’s line up is an original version of The Horse and His Boy adapted by Anna Chatterton and directed by Christine Brubaker. Although performance dates for the individual plays next season have not yet been announced, according to the Shaw Festival’s official website, the 2019 season will run April 6th – December 22nd next year. The Logos Theatre will also be staging a production of The Horse and His Boy in 2019.

Steven Sutcliffe as Uncle Andrew and Travis Seeto as Digory

Tickets are not available to the general public for either production yet, but there are still tickets available for The Magician’s Nephew at shawfest.com.

The 1960s Narnia Movie You (Probably) Haven’t Seen

Posted July 24, 2018 12:27 pm by The Rose-Tree Dryad 84 Comments

The White Witch from the 1967 TV serial.A movie version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that’s half a century old?

Long before the BBC serials and the Walden Media trilogy, an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic story aired on British television. Broadcast by ITV in the summer of 1967, the serial ran in ten installments of twenty minute episodes. All of the animals of Narnia, including Aslan, were portrayed by actors in costume.

Out of the ten episodes, only the first and eighth episodes are believed to exist today, and two clips from the eighth episode have surfaced on YouTube. Check them out below:

 

 

What are your thoughts on this glimpse of the first Narnia movie adaptation? How does it compare to later versions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thanks to The Lamp-post Listener for this find! Check out their podcast here.

VOTE for Narnia! PBS Series The Great American Read

Posted May 25, 2018 10:00 am by The Rose-Tree Dryad 20 Comments

It’s time for NarniaWebbers to head to the polls!

This September, PBS will be launching a new series called “The Great American Read” and the one volume edition of The Chronicles of Narnia has a chance to win as the nation’s best-loved book in the series finale on October 23rd.

At the end of the latest podcast episode, Douglas Gresham said, “If anyone on NarniaWeb wants to vote, please do!”

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  

HOW TO VOTE:
– The Great American Read website (Search: “Narnia”)
Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #VOTENarnia.

You may vote once per day on each of these platforms.

Voting is eligible to individuals in the United State and Canada. For more information, check out the How to Vote FAQs.

#VOTENarnia and show the world that Aslan is on the move!

 

School for the Deaf to Perform ASL Version of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

Posted May 24, 2018 2:09 pm by daughter of the king 1 Comment

Although there are many different stage versions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, most of them are not designed to be accessible for the Deaf or hard-of-hearing. According to whyy.org, the original adaptation by director Daniel Brucker was written for specifically for American Sign Language (ASL), and features most of the high school students at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf as either actors or crew.

In the article, Brucker talks about some of the challenges of adapting the story for ASL:

“I had a vision of the different characters that they are not just acting out hearing roles, that they are actually deaf characters,” he said. So if the book said, for example, “We hear someone coming,” Brucker would tweak it. “A deaf audience wouldn’t actually resonate with that idea.”

Brucker rehearsing with students

The play will be performed on May 25th and 26th at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, and the lines will be spoken aloud while the Deaf actors perform in ASL so the show is accessible for both Deaf and hearing audience members. Whyy News also posted a video containing interviews with some of the cast members as well as Brucker:

CS Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert Now Available on Amazon

Posted March 23, 2018 10:59 am by The Rose-Tree Dryad 1 Comment

If you can’t make a performance during The Most Reluctant Convert’s ongoing tour, there’s another way to watch the one-man play that explores the conversion of C.S. Lewis from atheism to Christianity. The Fellowship for Performing Arts production is now available on DVD or for rent or purchase on Amazon. Streaming is free for Amazon Prime members.

For those who would like to see the play in person, these are the current tour dates:

Read NarniaWeb’s review of the play here, and check out the trailer below:

 

“The Making of Prince Caspian” Documentary (Review)

Posted March 14, 2018 1:04 pm by daughter of the king 4 Comments

Narnia fans who can’t get enough of the stage version of Prince Caspian will soon have the opportunity to bring a bit of it home with them on DVD. Back to Narnia: The Making of Prince Caspian is currently available to pre-order.

The documentary devotes a large portion of time to the preparations for a performance of Logos’ version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at a fine arts festival in Scotland, which was taking place simultaneously as the initial development of their version of Prince Caspian. The rest of the nearly one-hour runtime focuses on the various behind-the-scenes parts of stagecraft required to develop an entirely new play. The script, casting, sets, makeup, and sound design are all covered. Most of the special effects used in the play are not described, but those interested in stagecraft should enjoy what pieces are explained in detail, such as creating Beruna’s Bridge, which needed to hold together, come apart, and then be put back together for the next performance.

For those Narnia fans who might not be as interested in set design, there are multiple clips where writer/director Nicole Stratton discusses how she chose to adapt the script from the book and blocked various key scenes. Here is a brief clip about the process:

The highlight of the DVD is an interview between Douglas Gresham and Stratton. They discuss not only what Gresham thought of the play, but also the importance of live theater as a medium and the influence of C.S. Lewis’ works.

The final run of Prince Caspian ends April 28th. Read our review here, and order tickets with the NarniaWeb discount.

“The Most Reluctant Convert” Coming to More Cities

Posted March 5, 2018 3:49 pm by daughter of the king 1 Comment

The Most Reluctant Convert, a gripping one-man play by The Fellowship For Performing Arts about C.S. Lewis’ conversion to Christianity still has five more cities scheduled for its’ tour this spring. Read Narniaweb’s review.

  • Houston: March 6-8
  • Washington DC: April 4-8
  • Orlando: April 15
  • Minneapolis: April 27-28
  • Milwaukee: May 18-19

Orlando currently has only one performance scheduled, so those wanting tickets should purchase them as soon as possible. 

View the trailer and purchase tickets here.

 

The Silver Chair Screenwriter David Magee Is Writing Script for Hans Christian Andersen Musical

Posted March 1, 2018 2:34 pm by The Rose-Tree Dryad 5 Comments

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair screenwriter David Magee has another project in the works. Deadline is reporting that Magee has written the script for an untitled musical fantasy about the author Hans Christian Andersen, with lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz penning the music.

Last October, we heard from The Silver Chair director Joe Johnston that they were still working on the script for the upcoming Narnia film.

Since The Snow Queen is one of Andersen’s most popular fairy tales and features an icy and dangerous ruler, it’s possible that Narnia fans will find something in the new musical franchise that is reminiscent of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Some readers have speculated that C.S. Lewis may have drawn inspiration for the White Witch from Andersen’s fairy tale, since the beautiful Snow Queen also arrives on a sleigh wearing a white fur coat and kidnaps a young boy:

Check out NarniaWeb’s exclusive interview with The Silver Chair screenwriter David Magee on Talking Beasts: The Narnia Podcast.

 

 

The Horse and His Boy at Logos Theatre in 2019

Posted February 19, 2018 10:31 am by The Rose-Tree Dryad 11 Comments

The Logos Theatre in Taylors, South Carolina, will be performing The Horse and His Boy in spring of next year. Produced with special arrangement by the C.S. Lewis Company, this new production follows the current and final run of their Prince Caspian adaptation.

Check out Logos Theatre’s teaser for The Horse and His Boy below:

The Logos Theatre’s final run of Prince Caspian ends on April 28th and they are offering discounted tickets to NarniaWebbers. Check out NarniaWeb’s review of the play and watch an exclusive clip here.

Thanks to Philip for the alert!

UPDATE: The Logos Theatre says a DVD release and possibly a livestream is planned. They also clarified that tickets will initially only be available for season pass holders, but will go on sale for the general public this Summer.

 

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