Michael Jean-Marain, who plays Peter Pevensie in the new stage production of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, gives us an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the acclaimed show, which opened in Leeds last Fall and has been hailed as “A Theatrical Miracle” (The Times). We are delighted Jean-Marain has agreed to share his backstage photos from the show.
Working on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis , has been an incredible experience. The director
Sally Cookson has managed to bring such incredible people together, creating a beautiful piece of
theatre. I feel very fortunate to have been part of the process and given the opportunity to discover
the heart of the Pevensie family and the struggles that Peter goes through with his siblings.
During our technical rehearsals I managed to grab my camera and take a few shots. Everyone was
working hard and trying to stay focused, and it was the first time all the elements of the production
truly came together. It’s another adventure altogether stepping out of the rehearsal room and into
the performance space, where we were all discovering new qualities to our characters.
Watching Mr. Tumnus and Lucy walk through the snow in Narnia for the first time was truly breath
taking. The symmetry in their forms along with the simplicity of their movement draws you into this
picture. However, the cloaked ensemble member and shadows add an element of curiosity. I like
images that raise questions and have a story and for me, this picture encapsulates the atmosphere
and soul of our version here in Leeds.
Micheal Jean-Marain plays Peter in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, a West
Yorkshire Playhouse production in association with Elliot & Harper Productions and Catherine