The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Cast of Characters:
Mrs Macready – the professor’s housekeeper
Mr Tumnus – Faun
Grumpskin – the dwarf
Maugrim – the white witch’s chief of police
Voiceover: In 1940, four siblings – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie – are among many children evacuated from London during World War II to escape the Blitz. They are sent to the countryside to live with professor Digory Kirke.
(The children arrive at the steps of the professor’s house.)
(The housekeeper answers the door.)
Macready: So! You’ll be the evacuees. One, two, three, four. I suppose we will find room for you.
Professor: (appearing on the step) Of course we will find a room for you. Let me see you will be Peter, and Susan and Edgar.
Edmund: No, Edmund.
Professor: Oh I beg your pardon. Edmund and you must be Lucy child of light.
Lucy: No, just Lucy.
Professor: Well I’m Professor Kirke and this is my housekeep Mrs Macready (whispers). Don’t mind her. Her bark is worse than her bite. Mrs Macready will show you to your room.
Mrs Macready: Walk this way. (shows them to their room). You shall sleep here. Tea will be at 6pm sharp. Don’t be late. If there is one I can’t stand, it is lateness.
(Mrs Macready walks off and leaves the children in the room.)
Susan: (Throws down her suitcase.) We have landed on feet here and no mistake.
Edmund: The professor seems really nice but that Mrs Macready seems a bit scary. (He does an impression of her walk.)
Lucy: I know what we should do before tea. We should explore.
(They run through the house.)
(They stop and look at a painting.)
(Professor walks in from behind.)
Professor: Come, I will show you around. We will start with this painting.
Lucy: Who are those funny looking girl and boy on a horse with wings?
Professor: Me and my friend Polly years ago.
Susan: You are flying over a beautiful country where is that?
Professor: (Looks at watch) Oh no! it is sixteen and half minutes past two I must return to work.
Peter: What are you working on?
Professor: I am working on wonders, Peter wonders. I will let you explore the house by yourself. See you at tea time.
(The children run through the house)
Susan: Room after room
Peter: and all of them lined with books.
Lucy: Look they got “The Secret Garden.”
Edmund: and “Treasure Island.”
Susan: “The Railway Children”
Edmund: “ Around the World in Eighty Days”.
Peter: Look they are some more steps.
Susan: What a funny looking room.
(There is a large wardrobe sitting in the room)
Edmund: (looks inside the room) It is empty.
Lucy: Except for this large wardrobe. (Points to the wardrobe.)
Peter: Come on. (They all leave except for Lucy.)
Lucy: It is probably locked. (She opens it and goes inside the wardrobe.) What’s this hundred of fur coats. It must be a very large wardrobe. What’s this under my feet mothballs, no, it is soft and very cold it feels like snow. And they fur rubbing my face feels like a Christmas tree and there is a light ahead of me glowing.
(Lucy steps out the wardrobe and she is in Narnia. There is some winter music.)
Lucy: I can still see the room through the wardrobe. It is daytime back there and night time here. I can always go back if I get scared. I’ll walk toward the light. (Comes across a lamppost.) That’s odd who put a lamp in the middle of the woods.
(Enter Tumnun, A faun half man half goat.)
Tumnus: Goodness Gracious.
Lucy: Good evening
Tumnus: Good evening. I don’t mean to be rude but am I right in thinking you are a daughter of Eve. (Walks round her, sniffing and prodding her.)
Lucy: My name is Lucy.
Tumnus: Are you what they call a girl?
Lucy: Of course I am a girl
Tumnus: You are a human?
Lucy: Of course I am.
Tumnus: Oh, how silly of me but I have never seen a son of Adam or a daughter of Eve before. (Stops and thinks) I am delighted, delighted allow me to introduce myself. I am Mr. Tumnus.
Lucy: Very pleased to meet you, Mr Tumnus .
Tumnus: And may I ask, O Lucy how you came to Narnia?
Lucy: Narnia! What’s Narnia?
Tumnus: All that lies between the lamp post and the great castle on the eastern sea is the land of Narnia.
Lucy: I came here through the wardrobe door in the spare room.
Tumnus: I don’t know that strange country I should have listened more in Geography class.
Lucy: The wardrobe is not a country and it is quite different there. There it is summer time.
Tumnus: In the land of Narnia, it is winter. Would you like to come and have tea with me Lucy?
Lucy: I better be getting back but thank you.
Tumnus: But it is just around the corner. There will roaring fire and tea and biscuits.
Lucy: Ok but I can´t stay long. (Off they go off stage arm in arm.)
(They arrive in Mr Tumnus’s home.)
Tumnus: My humble home, after you daughter of Eve
Lucy: (hesitates for a second) Thank you Mr. Tumnus.
Tumnus: Take a seat and I will prepare the tea
(Lucy looks around, picks up some items or books.)
Tumnus: Now daughter of Eve. (He carries a tray to their table) I wasn’t sure what you like so I’ve done everything.
Lucy: Oh that will do they both start eating.
Lucy: Mr. Tumnus, that was lovely but I really mist be going.
Mr Tumnus: (shakes his head sorrowfully.) It is no good now you know.
Lucy: (appears frighten) Mr Tumnus, whatever is the matter?
(Mr Tumnus starts crying.)
Lucy: Please don´t, (goes over and gives him a hug and hankechief so he can dry his eyes.) Stop it Mr Tumnus a great big faun like you shouldn´t cry.
Tumnus: But you don’t understand I am a really bad faun. I’m the worst faun ever. I’m paid to be kidnapper for the white witch.
Lucy: Who is the White Witch?
Tumnus: She is the one that keeps Narnia under her evil thumb. She is the one that makes Narnia always winter and never Christmas.
Lucy: But you wouldn’t kidnap anyone you are too kind.
Tumnus: But I have.
Lucy: I’m sure you are very sorry and won’t do it again.
Tumnus: But I haven’t done it I am doing it now. I am kidnapping you. The white witch told me if I ever saw children I must kidnap them fort her and you are the first one I have met.
Lucy: Please leave me go home
Tumnus: If she finds out, she will turn me into a statue outside her house. But now I know you I can’t turn you in. If I see you back to the lamppost can you find your way back to Spare oom and War drobe
Lucy: I think so.
Tumnus: We must be careful as the whole wood is full of her spies.
(Off they go arm in arm.)
(Lucy goes back into through the wardrobe and meets the other children on the garden steps.)
(She runs up and hugs them.)
Lucy: I’m here, I’m here, I have come back I’m all right.
Susan: What are you talking about Lucy?
Lucy: Have you not being wondering where I was?
Peter: Have you been hiding we didn’t notice?
Lucy: But I have been away for hours and hours.
(The other stare at her and put their eyes up to heaven.)
(Peter looks at the audience and says she has gone mad.)
Edmund: What happened Lucy?
Lucy: I went through the wardrobe and I’ve been away for hours and hours and lots of things happened.
Susan: Don’t be silly we just left you that room and came out here.
Peter: You are making it up.
Lucy: I’m not, it is a magic wardrobe. There is a wood inside it and its snowing and there is a faun and a witch. It is called Narnia, come and see.
(They follow her and go to the wardrobe.)
Susan: It is just an ordinary wardrobe.
Peter: Solid wood. (He knocks on it.)
Edmund: Just like Lucy´s head.
Peter: Very funny Lucy, you fooled us.
Lucy: But it wasn’t a joke. Honestly
Peter: Come on everyone let’s play in the garden. (They leave Lucy in the room.)
(Lucy jumps into the wardrobe and Edmund comes back into the room just in time to see Lucy vanishing. He follows her.)
Edmund: (shivers) Lucy! Lucy! Come back I’m sorry I didn’t believe you I’m here now. (Looks at the audience.) Typical girl she must be sulking.
(Next he see is a sledge being pulled by two reindeers and a dwarf driving it and in the middle of the sledge is the white witch.)
(Grumpskin pulls up the reindeer.)
Witch: Who are you?
Edmund: I’m, I’m Edmund.
Witch: Is that a way to address a queen?
Edmund: I don’t know.
Grumpskin: He doesn’t know?
White Witch: Doesn’t know the queen of Narnia. I repeat my question what are you?
(Edmund just stares and bows)
White Witch: I see I’m dealing with an idiot. Are you human?
Edmund: Yessssssssssss your majesty. (He bows.)
White Witch: How did you get her?
Edmund: Through the wardrobe.
Grumpskin: A wardrobe.
Edmund: I just opened the door and just found myself here.
White Witch: Come here my child, how cold you look, I will put my fur a round and we will talk. Do you like Turkish Delight?
Edmund: It is my favourite.
WW: Here have some. (Gives him the Turkish Delight.) I have an unlimited supply in my castle.
WW: (Scoffs the Turlkish Delight). Do you live alone son of Adam in your world?
Edmund: No, I have 2 sisters and brother.
WW: Two daughters of Eve and a son of Adam.
Grumpskin: That’s four.
WW: Do all people know about Narnia in your world?
Edmund: Only me and my brother and sisters. One of my sisters had tea with a faun.
(Grumpskin whispers to the queen.)
Grumpskin: Four of them. Does your majesty remember the story about the four thrones at the Cair Pavel castle?
When adam´s flersh and adam’s bone
Sit at Cair Pavel in Throne
The evil time will be over and gone.
White Witch: I would like to meet your brother and sisters will you bring them tom me,. If you do I will give you more Turkish Delight.
Edmund: But there is nothing special about them.
WW: but I would so like to meet. By the way don’t mention me to them as the faun may have told your sister nasty stories about me,.
Edmund: Could I have some more Turkish Delight to eat on the way home?
WW: No, you must wait until next time. Onwards! (Reindeers drive the sledge off stage with the White Witch and Grumpskin on it.)
Grumpskin: (shouts back) Come back soon.
(Lucy appears and runs over to Edmund and gives him a hug.)
Lucy: Edmund, so you got in too.
Edmund: Lucy you were right it is a magic wardrobe but where have you been I have looked everywhere?
Lucy: I have been with Mr Tumnus the WW didn’t find out about him letting me go.
Edmund: The White Witch who is she?
Lucy: She calls herself the queen of Narnia but all the fauns and animals all hate her. She is the reason it is always winter in Narnia.
Edmund: I’m cold let’s go home.
Lucy: Oh Edmund I am so happy you have seen Narnia too, The others have to believe me now.
(Lucy takes Edmund’s hand and they plunge themselves in the wardrobe door.)
(Curtains close Reindeer and robin do an improvisation)
(Curtains open the four children arrive back through the wardrobe)
Peter: We are sorry we didn’t believe you Lucy
Susan: Where are we going?
Peter: Lucy you lead the way.
Lucy: Let’s go see Mr Tumnus.
(They get to his house and there is a sign on the door.)
(Susan look at that sign read it out Lucy.)
Susan: The former occupant of this house the faun Tumnus is under arrest awaiting trial for big treason against her majesty the Queen of Narnia, for comforting her enemies and being friendly with humans signed Maugrim the captain of the secret police long live the queen.
Susan: I don’t much like Narnia.
Peter: Who is the queen?
Lucy: She is not the real queen nobody like hers. She cast a spell over the whole country so that it is always winter and never Christmas
Susan: This isn’t a nice place. I’m freezing we should go home
Lucy: But we must help the faun
Edmund: We can’t help and we don’t have any food.
Peter: Be quiet Edmund.
Lucy: What should we do Susan?
Susan: I want to go home but Lucy is right we must help the faun. Look there is a robin he wants us to follow him. (They all follow the Robin.)
Susan: The robin is gone.
(They hear a noise and a beaver emerges)
Beaver: Crouch down and make yourself small as you can
(They make noise)
Beaver: Not so loud please we are not safe her.
Peter: But there is no one here but us.
Beaver: Shhh the trees have ears.
Edmund: Not to be rude but how do we know you are friendly
(Beaver takes out a handkerchief.)
Lucy: This is the handkerchief I gave to Mister Tumnus.
Beaver: Before he was arrested he gave it to me. He said if anything happened I must find you and take you. (He whispers) They say Aslan is on the move.
Lucy: But where is Mr Tumnus?
Beaver: Not here come down to my house for a talk and some dinner.
(They follow the beaver to his house and it looks as if Mrs Beaver expecting them.)
Beaver: Here we are Mrs Beaver i found them the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve.
Mrs Beaver: Great the potatoes are boiling and the kettle is singing. Did you collect some fish Mr beaver?
Beaver: I did indeed. (gives her the fish.)
Mrs Beaver: Good now you can help me set the table and put the plates in the oven while i fry the fish.
(They eat the food.)
Beaver: Better get down to business.
Lucy: What happened to Mr Tumnus?
Beaver: (shakes his head) A very bad business he was taken off by the secret police. The magpie told me all about it, they were seen heading northwards and we know all what that means don’t we?
Beaver: They are taking him to the witch’s palace where they will turn him to a statue.
Lucy: We must go after him.
Beaver: People who go into that house never come out alive. We can’t save him but Aslan is on the move.
Lucy: We must try. Where is Edmund gone?
Beaver: Oh it is what I feared. The witch has got to him. He has gone over to the dark side.
Lucy: How will save him.
Beaver: We must go to the stone table because Aslan will be there and he will know what to do.
Outside the witch’s palace
(The unicorn, centaur, eagle , deer all statues)
(Grumpskin and the two reindeers bring in Mr. Tumnus and line him up the other statues. They then exit the stage.)
Mr Tumnus: I’m not the only statue here.
Unicorn: Did the white witch put a spell on you too?
Mr.Tumnus: She turned me into stone because she said I was a traitor.
Eagle: Why what did you do?
Mr.Tumnus: I met a daughter of Eve and I never told her.
All: A daughter of Eve.
Deer: What did she look like?
Mr.Tumnus: She was so beautiful and kind I just couldn’t let the white witch kill her.
Centaur: Now you are stuck here like the rest of us. That was a bit silly?
Mr.Tumnus: Well why are you all here.
Centaur: She didn’t like the look of me.
Eagle: She didn’t want me spreading my wings.
Deer: I could run fast than her
Unicorn: She said I wasn’t a real horse because I have wings.
Eagle: We are so sad being here but we can’t even cry because our tears turn to stone.
Mr.Tumnus: Are we stuck here for the rest eternity?
Centaur: Looks like it.
Deer: Only Aslan can save us and break the spell.
Mr.Tumnus: How depressing!
Centaur: Ssshhh someone is coming
(Edmund walks in and curiously looks at the statues. The white witch enter with Maugrim and his wolves. Edmund bows)
Edmund: I have come your majesty
Witch: How dare you come alone? Did I not tell you to bring the other three?
Maugrim: Answer the question.
Edmund: I’ve done my best but they are at the beaver’s house.
Witch: Is this all you have for me?
Edmund: No your majesty Aslan is on the move.
(Witch turns to Maugrim and whispers)
Witch: We must be ready for our journey.
Maugrim: Everything is prepared.
Edmund: Now can I have the Turkish delight.
Witch: Silence fool, Maugrim take these two wolves to the beavers house and kill whatever you find there. Then go to the stone table and wait for me.
Maugrim: I hear and obey and summons the wolves.
Witch: Grumpskin make ready out sledge.
(Maugrim and wolves arrive at the beaver house. They improvise with the audience about where the beavers and children have gone)
(They exit the stage and the children and the beavers come from the back of the stage.)
Beaver: Keep going
Peter: Come on
Beaver: The dawn is coming.
Mrs Beaver: Sound like the witch sledge.
Susan: Quick everyone hide. (They can hide in the audience).
Enters Father Christmas. (Improvise with audience)
(The beavers and the children slowly come out from their hiding places in the audience.)
Beaver: What are you doing here? Narnia is always winter and never Christmas.
Father Christmas: Happy Christmas to you too. Aslan has broken the spell. Now it is Christmas and I have some presents for the children. Lucy this is for you.
Lucy: A dagger and a drink. (doesn’t look too impressed.)
Father Christmas: It is a special cordial. It can cure any sickness, Use it wisely. Susan this is for you a bow and arrow and a special horn that will be bring you help if you are in trouble. And finally Peter this is for you. It is a dagger.
Children: Thank you! Father Christmas,
(Father Christmas, exits and they carry on their journey.)
(Witch, Grumpskin, Edmund and the two reindeers enters from the back of the stage.)
(The snow is melting and the sledge gets stuck.)
Witch: How can the snow be melting it is always white in Narnia.
Edmund: Look there are daffodils over there. Spring has come.
Witch: Then we must walk.
(Curtains open and there is a stone table, sitting there are Aslan and the two leopards.
The Stone Table
(A kingfisher flies by.)
Lucy: There is a Kingfisher Winter is really over.
Beaver: This definitely is Spring. This definitely is Spring.
They reach the stone table. Aslan is standing there with two leopards
Leopard 1: All who love love living come to the table.
All who love Aslan come to the table.
There is plenty of room at the table.
Leopard 2: Peter and Susan come to the table.
Lucy and Beaver come to the table.
All who love Aslan come to the table.
There is plenty of room at the table for all.
Aslan: Welcome but where is Edmund?
Beaver: He tried to betray us and joined the white witch. O Aslan! (He bows)
Lucy: Can you save Edmund?
Aslan: I shall do my best meanwhile let’s prepare a feast.
(They all go off stage)
(Maugrim and the two wolves come on stage. They improvise with the audience about where the children have gone.)
(Lucy walks out on stage and she is picking daffodils.)
(They grab her and Maugrim tries to kidnap her but Peter and Sucy walk on the stage.)
Susan: Oh my goodness they are trying to take Lucy. (She uses her bow and arrow to knocks Maugrim sword out of his hand.)
(Peter stabs Maugrim and Lucy is freed. The two wolves run off the stage)
Peter: Lucy are you okay.
Lucy: Yes I’m fine but let’s follow them they know where Edmund is.
Susan: Good idea! (So they chase the wolves.)
The Witch’s palace
(Edmund is among the statues asking them how they go to be there. They are telling him how evil the witch is.)
(Wolves come racing in and Edmund hides.)
(Wolves ask the audience where Edmund is. They eventually catch him).
Wolf 1: Now we caught you.
Wolf 2: And we are going to kill you.
Edmund: Please don’t.
The other children come on the stage.
Peter: Stop! (Wolf stabs Edmund and he lies wounded on the ground.)
Susan: Use your horn Lucy to call for help.
(Lucy blows her horn.)
(White Witch enters.)
White Witch: At last I have you all now I’m going to turn you into stone so you can my other garden statue.
(She goes to wave her magic wand. Susan uses her bow and arrow.)
White Witch: What is happening?
Unicorn: Look we are back to normal.
Centaur: We can move.
Eagle: Look! Aslan is back.
Deer: He must have broken the spell.
All: Let’s get her.
(They grab her.)
(Lucy runs to Edmund. His head is in her lap.)
Edmund: I’m so sorry I betrayed you. I’m dying.
Lucy: Drink this quickly. Father Christmas gave it to me and it will cure any illness.
(Edmund drinks and recovers very quickly.)
(Aslan enters with all the other characters.)
Aslan: I now crown you Kings and Queens of Narnia.
Aslan: King Peter the Magnificent, Queen Susan the Gentle, King Edmund the Just, and Queen Lucy the Valiant. (They all bow in front of him and are given crowns and they sit on their thrones.)
Voiceover: The children ruled Narnia for 15 years. They were very fair and everyone was happy.
One day while they were chasing a stag.
(Enter the children)
Peter: Did you see him?
Lucy: He is over there.
Edmund: Come over here by the trees. Quickly.
Susan: There are trees with coats on them.
Lucy: Do you think we should go through them?
Peter: Maybe we could find our way home.
(They go through the trees and come out the wardrobe and are in the room in the professor’s house.
Professor: Children, Children where are you?
Children: We are here.
Professor: Your tea is ready you don’t want to be late as Mrs Macready won’t be happy if you let it get cold. If there is one thing she can’t stand it is lateness.
(They all skip off for tea.)