Seeing a theatrical adaptation of a classic book enables audience members to enjoy the richness of a beloved story without eye strain, paper cuts, or high-interest literary loans from predatory librarians. Steer clear of Dewey-decimaled debt with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket to the Berkeley Playhouse performance of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, located on College Avenue in Berkeley (up to a $33 value). Tickets are valid for any seating area (subject to availability); admission for children 5 and younger can be bought directly for $15 at the Berkeley Playhouse box office. Choose one of the following show times:
- Sunday, March 13, at 11 a.m.
- Sunday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 20, at 11 a.m.
- Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.
The Berkeley Playhouse strives to stage productions that are appropriate and engaging for all ages. Director Jon Tracy leads a powerful posse of Playhouse players in a musical adaptation of the first novel in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. With a score by Thomas Tierney and lyrics by Ted Drachman, the play replaces the book’s blocks of paragraphs with a thrilling inspirational score that will win over the harshest, most monocled young theater critics.
Brought to life by the Playhouse’s experienced professional theater company, the show spins the exciting tale of four children who are sent to Narnia to save it from evil forces. Grab a single ticket for lone, theater-induced tranquility, or snag a pack of matinee seats for a family-friendly alternative to another afternoon board game battle royale that ends with hurt feelings and vows of revenge. The Sunday, March 13, performance at 3:30 p.m. supplements the stagecraft with a matinee cast meet-and-greet following the show.
Five Yelpers give Berkeley Playhouse a 4.5-star average rating:
- The Berkeley Playhouse gives the gift of professional theatre for the community. The productions are often provoking, and always entertaining for all ages and backgrounds. – rob d., Yelp, 2/23/09
- this theater group lives up to it’s ideal of presenting theater accessible to kids, family and adults. – Scott N., Yelp, 2/27/09
At the Berkeley Playhouse, performances often begin before audiences even make it to their seats. The innovative theater company erects installation pieces in the lobby that encourage playgoers to engage and interact with upcoming performances through movement, writing, and music, deepening their understanding of the worlds they’re about to enter. Once in their seats, they revel in productions featuring multicultural and multigenerational casts, whether they’re watching a performance from the mainstage season or a production from the youth program.