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Rupert Goold to direct Narnia in Kensington Gardens

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Rupert Goold is to co-direct a new stage adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in a theatre tent in Kensington Gardens this summer.

Produced by Threesixty, which staged Peter Pan in the park in 2009, the show will be directed by Goold and Michael Fentiman and will feature video projections and puppetry.

Goold, who has also adapted the book for the stage, commented: “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe left a huge impression on me as a child. Its combination of fairytale strangeness and mythic spirituality seemed fundamentally English in sensibility, and returning to it now as an adapter and in reading all the stories to my children I also find it strangely Shakespearean too.

“What I hope to evoke is the power of faith and the danger of tyranny in a rougher more elemental telling of the story. I’m thrilled to be working again with artists who have been at the heart of my recent work at Headlong and the Royal Shakespeare Company and can’t wait to be working in the round again in the exciting possibilities the threesixty tent offers.”

The production will run from May 8 to September 9, 2012. Casting and further creative team is yet to be announced.

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