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The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

A stage play with songs

Story by CS Lewis

Script & Songs by Peter Curtis and Mike Phipps
(c) July 2000

   SONG SPELLBOUND AT MIDNIGHT PART ONE. .....................................................................................3
SCENE ONE:A ROOM IN THE PROFESSORS HOUSE. ...............................................................3

SCENE TWO: IN THE FOREST.........................................................................................................5
   SONG: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ..........................................................................................................6
SCENE THREE:AT MR TUMNUS’ HOUSE.....................................................................................6

SCENE FOUR: BACK IN THE HOUSE.............................................................................................8

SCENE FIVE: NEXT DAY ...................................................................................................................9

SCENE SIX.EDMUND IN NARNIA....................................................................................................9
   SONG TURKISH DELIGHT ....................................................................................................................12
SCENE SEVEN: BACK ON THIS SIDE OF THE DOOR. .............................................................13

SCENE EIGHT. LATER THAT EVENING. ....................................................................................14
   SONG THE ILLOGICAL SONG ...............................................................................................................15
SCENE NINE: INTO THE FOREST .................................................................................................15

SCENE TEN: AT TUMNUS’ HOUSE ...............................................................................................17

SCENE ELEVEN: AT THE BEAVER’S HOUSE ............................................................................19
   SONG LISTEN TO THE LIONS WORDS. .................................................................................................21
SCENE TWELVE: EDMUND IN THE FOREST. ...........................................................................24
   SONG: ALL THAT I COULD HAVE. PART ONE. ......................................................................................24
SCENE THIRTEEN: IN THE WITCH’S HOUSE. ..........................................................................24
   SONG ALL THAT I COULD HAVE PART TWO........................................................................................25
SCENE FOURTEEN. ON THE RUN WITH THE BEAVERS. ......................................................25
   SONG ONE STEP AHEAD. ....................................................................................................................25
SCENE FIFTEEN. ASLAN IS NEARER. .........................................................................................25
   SONG THE SPELL BEGINS TO BREAK. .................................................................................................25
SCENE SIXTEEN: MEETING ASLAN. ...........................................................................................26

SCENE SEVENTEEN EDMUND IS RESCUED. .............................................................................28

SCENE EIGHTEEN. UNDER A FLAG OF TRUCE. ......................................................................30
   SONG THE DEAL.................................................................................................................................31
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SCENE NINETEEN. ASLAN LEAVES CAMP................................................................................32
   SONG IN MY WEAKNESS.....................................................................................................................32
SCENE TWENTY. AT THE STONE TABLE. .................................................................................33
   SONG AT THE STONE TABLE PART ONE ....................................... ERROR! BOOKMARK NOT DEFINED.
   SONG AT THE STONE TABLE PART TWO.............................................................................................33
SCENE TWENTY ONE. SAVING STATUES..................................................................................35

SCENE TWENTY TWO. THE BATTLE..........................................................................................37

SCENE TWENTY THREE. CORONATION AT CAIR PARAVEL .............................................37
   SONG SPRING CORONATION SONG .....................................................................................................38
   SONG ASLAN’S FAREWELL .................................................................................................................38
SCENE TWENTY FOUR. GOING HOME.......................................................................................38
   SONG SPELLBOUND AT MIDNIGHT PART TWO....................................................................................39
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Song Spellbound at Midnight Part One.

Scene One: A room in the Professors house.

It is raining.

Peter:      What a great house. I think that the old boy will let us do
            pretty much what we like.
Susan:      I think professor is OK. But we should still do as we’re told
            and behave ourselves.
Edmund      Oh why do you go on like that?
Susan       Like what?
Edmund      You know...trying to sound like mum.
Susan       I am not!
Edmund      Oh please...
Lucy        Stop it you two. We’ll get into trouble if he hears us fighting
Edmund      I don’t think so. This is the sort of house where no one is
            going to mind what we do. It’s a ten-minute walk to the
            kitchen down a warren of corridors, and even further to that
            weird dining room. No one will hear us.
Lucy        What’s that noise?
Edmund      It’s only a bird, silly.
Peter       It’s an owl. This is going to be great, staying here in the
            country. It will make a real change from the city.
Susan       Did you see those mountains as we came along?
Peter       And the woods. We might see an eagle!
Edmund      Foxes!
Susan       Deer!
Lucy        Teddy Bears!
(They laugh)
Edmund      But first we have to wait for the rain to stop.
Susan       Oh stop moaning Ed. It’ll soon blow over and there must be
            lots of other things to do.
Peter       I’m off to explore the house.
Edmund      Me too
Lucy        And me!
Susan       Ok, but don’t break anything.
Peter       We’ll split up and take a room each, and then report back in
            10 minutes.
Edmund      I’ll explore upstairs
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Peter       I’ll take the loft and the basement. Susan, you explore the
            ground floor.
Lucy        What about me?
Peter       You stay here and wait for us.
Lucy        But I want to explore
Peter       You’re too young, Lu.
Susan       Well, we need someone responsible to stay here and guard
            the base camp. We’ll be back before you know.

Others exit leaving Lucy alone.

Lucy        Base camp. Huh! They must think I’m dim as well as little.

Lucy looks around the room, taking an interest in the old wardrobe.

Lucy        This must be an enormous wardrobe, I’ll explore in here.

She opens the door and two mothballs fall out.

Lucy        Huh, mothballs. I hope it gets more exciting than this.

She takes a step inside the wardrobe.

Lights down.

Mysterious “Into Narnia” type sounds and effects.
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Scene Two: In the forest.

Lucy        It’s cold in here. And very dark too. Strange, I just can’t
            seem to reach the back of the wardrobe. Ow! What was that?
            Damn tree. What’s a tree doing in a wardrobe? And what’s
            that light over there?

Lights up

End mysterious “Into Narnia” type effects.

Lucy        Wow!

She stares open mouthed at Narnia in winter. She does not see Mr
Tumnus, the Faun rushing across the snow, looking over his shoulder.

They collide and the parcels Tumnus is carrying go everywhere.

Tumnus      Goodness gracious me!
Lucy        Good evening.
Tumnus      Good evening, good evening. Excuse me – I don’t want to
            sound inquisitive - but should I be right in thinking that you
            are a Daughter of Eve?
Lucy        My name’s Lucy.
Tumnus      But you are – forgive me – you are what they call a girl?
Lucy        Of course I’m a girl
Tumnus      You are in fact, human?
Lucy        Of course I’m human.
Tumnus      Forgive me, I have never seen a Daughter of Eve before. I
            am delighted to meet you. My name is Mr Tumnus.
Lucy        I’m very pleased to meet you Mr Tumnus.
Tumnus      And may I ask, Lucy, Daughter of Eve, how you come to be
            in Narnia?
Lucy        Narnia, what’s that?
Tumnus      This is the land of Narnia. All that lies between the lamp
            post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.
            Have you come from the wild woods of the west?
Lucy        I got in through the wardrobe, we were playing in the spare
            room and I was exploring.
Tumnus      Ah, if only I had paid attention in Geography when I was a
            little Faun. I should know at once where these strange
            countries lie.
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Lucy         But they aren’t strange at all. They’re just back there, I think,
             at least it is summer there.
Tumnus       It is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long. Come
             Lucy, Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom,
             where the eternal summer reigns bright around the city of
             Ward Robe, how would you like to come to tea?
Lucy         Thank you, but I ought to be getting back. I’m supposed to
             be guarding base camp.
Tumnus       It’s just around the corner, there’s a roaring fire, toast, tea
             and cake.
Lucy         Alright, but I won’t be able to stay long.
Tumnus       Take my hand, Daughter of Eve, off we go.


Song: All you need to Know

Lights down.

Scene Three: At Mr Tumnus’ house.

Lights up.

Tumnus       I could go on for hours and hours, singing songs and telling
             you tales of Narnia. More tea?
Lucy         Oh Mr Tumnus, I am sorry to stop you, but I really must go
             home. I only meant to stay five minutes.
Tumnus       It’s no good now you know.
Lucy         No good? What do you mean no good?

Mr Tumnus bursts into tears.

Lucy         Mr Tumnus, what’s the matter? What’s wrong?

Mr Tumnus is inconsolable.

Lucy         Don’t, don’t, what’s the matter?

Lucy         Mr Tumnus, stop it at once! You ought to be ashamed of
             yourself. A great big Faun like you. What are you crying
             about?
Tumnus       I’m crying because I’m such a bad Faun.
Lucy         I don’t think you’re a bad Faun at all. The nicest Faun I ever
             met!
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Tumnus   You wouldn’t say that if you knew. I don’t suppose there
         was ever a worse Faun since the beginning of the world.
Lucy     But what have you done?
Tumnus   My old father, that’s his picture over there, he would never
         have done something like this.
Lucy     A thing like what?
Tumnus   Taken service under the White Witch. I am in the pay of the
         White Witch.
Lucy     The White Witch? Who is she?
Tumnus   Why it is she that has got all of Narnia under her thumb. It is
         she who makes it always winter. Always winter and never
         Christmas, think of that!
Lucy     That’s awful! But what does she pay you for?
Tumnus   That’s the worst of it. I’m a kidnapper for her. Would you
         believe that I am the sort of Faun to lure an innocent child
         back to my cave with the intention of kidnapping her and
         handing her over to the Witch?
Lucy     No, I am sure you have never done that.
Tumnus   You don’t understand. It is not something I have done, I am
         doing it right now.
Lucy     What do you mean?
Tumnus   You are the child. My orders are that if I see a Son of Adam
         or Daughter of Eve in the forest, I am to capture them and
         hand them over to her. You are the first I ever met.
Lucy     Oh, but you won’t, you can’t.
Tumnus   And if I don’t, she is sure to find out. She’ll cut off my tail,
         saw off my horns, pluck my beard and turn my hooves to
         those of a stupid horse. But then again, if she is angry, she’ll
         probably just turn me into a statue with that magic wand of
         hers. And there I’ll stay as a statue in her horrible house until
         the four thrones are filled at Cair Paravel, and that may never
         happen.
Lucy     Mr Tumnus, I am going home now. Please escort me back to
         the lampost.
Tumnus   I never knew what humans were like before, but now that I
         have met you, Oh, I know I must let you go. Once we get to
         the lampost, will you know you’re way from there?
Lucy     I’m sure I can.
Tumnus   We must go quickly and quietly. The forest is full of her
         spies. Even some of the trees are on her side. Lucy?
Lucy     Yes
Tumnus   Can you ever forgive me?
Lucy     Of course. And I hope you won’t get into trouble.
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Tumnus       Farewell Daughter of Eve. May I keep the handkerchief?
Lucy         Yes, bye!

Lights down.

Scene Four: Back in the House

Lucy         I’m here, I’m here! I’m back everyone. It’s alright, I’m safe.

Lights up as Lucy emerges from the Wardrobe to an empty room.

Three other children rush in.

Susan        What’s up Lucy?
Lucy         I’m safe
Susan        So I see.
Lucy         But haven’t you been wondering where I was?
Peter        So, you have been hiding have you?
Edmund       Poor Lu, hiding and nobody noticed. You’ll have to hide for
             longer than that if you want people to start looking for you.
Lucy         But I have been gone for hours.
Peter        What do you mean Lu?
Lucy         I went into that wardrobe and found a secret place, had tea
             and lots of other things have happened.
Edmund       Don’t be silly, we left the room just a moment ago.
Peter        She’s not being silly. She’s just making up a story for fun.
             Aren’t you Lu?
Lucy         No I am not! It’s a magic wardrobe. There’s a wood inside
             and I met a Faun and there’s a White Witch and its called
             Narnia. Come see.

She throws open the wardrobe door. It is full of hanging coats and
clothes.

They all go and look. Susan removes a coat.

Susan        It’s just an ordinary wardrobe. Look there’s the back.

Peter        Good hoax Lu.

Lucy         But it was true, it was there just a moment ago.
Susan        Ok, joke over.
Lucy         But it was...
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Lucy bursts into tears and runs off.

Lights down.

Scene Five: Next Day

Lights up on empty stage. Still raining.

Susan’s voice is heard offstage counting down from Twenty.

Susan        Nineteen, Eighteen, Seventeen

Lucy runs into the room, heads straight for the wardrobe, opens door and
climbs in.

Edmund rushes in and sees Lucy entering the wardrobe. He tiptoes across
to listen closely.

Edmund       She thinks I’m Susan come to catch her! She’s keeping very
             quiet in there.

Susan        Coming, ready or not!

Edmund       Time for a little fun I think.

Edmund goes into wardrobe.

Lights down.

Mysterious “Into Narnia” sounds.

Scene Six. Edmund in Narnia


Edmund       Lucy, Lucy, where are you? I know you’re in here
             somewhere.

Lights up. In the forest again

Edmund       Wow! What is all this? Unbelievable. Lucy was right after
             all.
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Edmund       Lucy, Lucy, where are you? Must be off sulking somewhere.
             Just like a girl.
Edmund       Lu, I’m sorry. You were right.

The White Witch (Jadis) arrives on her sledge.

Jadis        Stop! And what pray, are you?
Edmund       I’m Edmund.
Jadis        Is that how you address your queen?
Edmund       My queen?
Jadis        Yes, you’re queen. How do you not know the queen of
             Narnia?
Edmund       We just met.
Jadis        Ha! You shall know me better hereafter. I repeat, what are
             you?
Edmund       I don’t know what you mean.
Jadis        Are you a great overgrown dwarf that has cut off its beard?
Edmund       No, I never had a beard. I’m just a boy.
Jadis        A boy? You mean you are a Son of Adam?
Edmund       A what?
Jadis        You are a fool, whatever else you may be. Do not test my
             patience. Are you human!
Edmund       Yes your majesty.
Jadis        A door! A door from the world of men. I have heard of such
             things. This may wreck everything. But he is only one and
             will be easily dealt with I think.

Jadis        You poor child, you look frozen. Come and sit up here, I will
             put my mantle around you and we can have a cosy little talk.

Edmund climbs up on sledge.

Jadis        Something hot to drink, would you like that?
Edmund       Yes please majesty.

Jadis conjures up a hot drink.

Jadis        It is dull to drink without food. What would you like to eat?
Edmund       Turkish Delight, please your majesty.

Jadis conjures up Turkish Delight.

Edmund       This is great, thank you majesty.
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Jadis       Now tell me Son of Adam, are there any more like you?
Edmund      I have an older brother Peter and two sisters Lucy and Susan.
Jadis       There are four of you?
Edmund      Yes
Jadis       Two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve, neither more
            nor less?
Edmund      I think I’d notice an extra brother or sister don’t you.
Jadis       How dare you...but you are not eating. Have you been to
            Narnia before?
Edmund      No, but my little sister has. She met a Faun called Tumnus
            and had a great time.
Jadis       A Faun? A Faun called Tumnus...interesting. That’s quite
            enough of that.

Jadis takes away Turkish Delight.

Jadis       Son of Adam, I should very much like to meet your brothers
            and sisters. Will you bring them to me for a visit? There
            would be more Turkish Delight for you if you did.
Edmund      Why don’t we go to your house now?
Jadis       It’s a lovely place my house. Whole rooms full of Turkish
            Delight and what’s more, I have no children of my own and
            need a prince to groom as my heir. I think you are the
            handsomest man I ever met and that you would make a fine
            prince. Just bring the others to me.
Edmund      The others can wait, let’s go now.
Jadis       Ah but once in my house you would forget the others and I
            do so want to meet them. No, you must go back and come
            another day. It is no good coming alone.
Edmund      But I don’t know how to get back.
Jadis       See that lampost? Beyond it is the way to the world of men.
            And now look the other way. See those two small hills rising
            above the trees? My house is between those hills. Next time
            you come you have only to find the lampost and head
            through the woods in the direction of the two hills. But
            remember, you must bring the others with you. Don’t you
            dare return alone.
Edmund      I’ll try
Jadis       Oh, and let’s keep it a secret for now. It will be such a
            surprise for them.
Edmund      Can I have some more Turkish Delight?
Jadis       No, no more for now. If your sister has met a Faun she may
            have heard some nasty lies about me. These Fauns are
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              treacherous vermin. So, when you come back, best say
              something vague like, oh, let me see, something innocent
              like “let’s see who lives between those two hills” or
              something?
Edmund        But I get to be a prince right?
Jadis         Prince, and eventually ruler of all Narnia!


Song Turkish Delight

Edmund        One more piece for the long journey back?
Jadis         Next time, next time. Come visit soon.

Jadis and the sledge disappear.

Enter Lucy.

Lucy          Edmund! So you got in too.
Edmund        All right, calm down. You were right, it is a magic wardrobe.
              Sorry I didn’t believe you. But where have you been all this
              time?
Lucy          I’ve been having lunch with Mr Tumnus. He’s very well and
              the Witch never found out that I had been here, so perhaps
              everything is going to be alright after all.
Edmund        The White Witch, who’s she?
Lucy          A terrible person. She calls herself Queen of Narnia but she
              has no right to be queen at all. Everyone here hates her. She
              turns people into stone statues and her curse means that it is
              always winter but never gets to Christmas. She drives about
              in a sledge, has a wand in her hand and a crown on her head.
              You can’t miss her!
Edmund        Who told you all that stuff about her?
Lucy          Mr Tumnus
Edmund        You can’t believe a Faun surely?
Lucy          Who say’s so.
Edmund        Never mind. Let’s get out of here, I’m cold and feeling a bit
              sick.
Lucy          Oh Edmund I am glad you got in too. I can’t wait to tell the
              others so we can all explore together. You look awful.
Edmund        I’m alright, I just want to get home.
Lucy          Let’s go tell the others!
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Scene Seven: Back on this side of the Door.

Lights up on all four children in the main room.

Lucy          It’s all true, Edmund has seen it now! We were there in
              Narnia together.
Peter         Well Ed?
Susan         Come on Edmund, tell us.
Edmund        Lucy and I have been playing that’s all. Pretending that her
              story of a country in the wardrobe was true. Just a bit of fun
              really.

Lucy rushes from the room in tears.

Edmund        There she goes again, what has got into her?
Peter         Leave her alone Edmund. Why were you leading her on like
              that?
Edmund        But it’s all nonsense.
Peter         Of course it is, but what good does it do when you are
              jeering and nagging one minute and then encouraging her the
              next?
Edmund        But I thought...
Peter         You didn’t think at all. That’s your problem.
Susan         Please stop it. You two fighting won’t sort this out. First let’s
              go and find Lucy, and tonight well ask the Professor for his
              advice.


Lights down
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Scene Eight. Later that evening.


Lights up. Main room.

Prof        How do you know that your sister’s story is not true?
Susan       Oh but –
Peter       Edmund said they were only pretending
Prof        A good point which deserves consideration, very careful
            consideration. (Gazes off in thought) Does your experience
            lead you to regard your brother or your sister to be the more
            truthful?
Peter       Up until now, Lucy every time.
Susan       I’d say the same, but this couldn’t be true, all this stuff about
            a wood, a Faun and a Witch.
Prof        A charge of lying against someone you have always found to
            be truthful is a serious matter.
Susan       We’re afraid there might be something wrong with Lucy.
Prof        Madness you mean! You only have to look at her to see she
            is not mad.
Susan       But what is it then?
Prof        Logic! Why don’t they teach logic in schools? There are
            only three possibilities; either your sister is lying, or she is
            mad or telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies, we
            all know she is not mad, therefore and unless there is any
            further evidence to consider, we must assume she is telling
            the truth.
Peter       But how could it be true?
Prof        It’s logical!
Peter       When we looked in the wardrobe there was nothing there,
            even Lucy agreed. And how come nobody ever found a way
            into this place before now? People going into wardrobes! If
            things are real they are there all the time.
Prof        Are they?
Susan       But there was no time. We were there one minute and the
            next she is yelling that she is safe and pretending to have
            been gone for hours.
Prof        But that is the very thing that makes her story so likely to be
            true. If there really is a door in this house that leads to
            another world – and I should warn you, this is a very old and
            strange house – I would expect time to be different in this
            other world. However long you stayed there, it would not
            take up any of our time here. If she was pretending she
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              would have stayed away for longer before coming out and
              telling her story.
Peter         Do you mean there are other worlds, all over the place,
              behind secret panels and doors?
Prof          Nothing is more probable. What do they teach in schools?


Song The Illogical Song

Susan         I’m confused. What are we supposed to be doing?
Prof          Perhaps, minding our own business.

Scene Nine: Into the forest

Main room.

Lights up

Four children sitting around, bored.

It’s raining again

The voice of housekeeper Mrs Macready is heard offstage.

Mac           ...and the West Wing houses the Professors laboratory, built
              as part of the expansion in 1857 most of the original building
              dates from much earlier.
Edmund        Not scary old Macready again.
Peter         She must be showing those visitors around
Edmund        Let’s hide in the wardrobe and surprise her.
Susan         I’m not sure
Peter         Oh come on, it’ll be fun.
Lucy          Come on Sue
Susan         Is there enough room?

Into Narnia sounds.

Lights down.

Susan         I wish Mrs Macready would get a move on?
Peter         I’m getting cramp
Edmund        And what’s that smell?
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Susan       Camphor, they used to put it in coats to keep the moths
            away.
Edmund      I’m getting cold
Susan       Me too
Peter       And I’m getting wet, what’s happening?
Edmund      I’m getting out
Susan       Me too. Wait a minute. It’s getting light over there.
Peter       I can see a tree.
Susan       Why, we have got into Lucy’s wood after all.

Lights up

Peter       I’m sorry I didn’t believe you.
Lucy        That’s alright
Peter       It’s amazing
Susan       Yes, but what do we do now?
Peter       Do? Well I’m going to explore!
Susan       But it’s so cold here. Do you suppose we could borrow these
            coats.
Peter       They’re not ours
Susan       I’m sure no one would mind. After all, we won’t be taking
            them out of the wardrobe.
Peter       I never thought about it like that. This whole country is in
            the wardrobe.
Lucy        We can pretend to be arctic explorers
Peter       No need to pretend Lucy. So, which way should we go?
Lucy        I’m not sure, perhaps this way, over to the right.
Edmund      Shouldn’t we be heading more to the left, towards the lamp
            post.
Lucy        How do you know about the lamp post?
Peter       So, you really were here, with Lu, and you lied about it.
Susan       Oh Edmund
Edmund      Oh shut up. It’s no big deal. I was only having a bit of
            harmless fun.
Susan       Never mind about that now. Which way should we be
            heading?
Peter       I think Lucy should be our leader, she’s been here before.
Lucy        What about going to see Mr Tumnus?
Edmund      Not the Faun!
Peter       Oh shut it! Sounds good to me Lucy, lead on.
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Scene Ten: At Tumnus’ House

Forest. At the entrance to Tumnus’ cave house.

Edmund, Susan and Lucy peer into the entrance, Peter is inside.

Lights up

Lucy        What can you see Peter?
Peter       Wait a second
Susan       Be careful, it’s very dark in there.
Lucy        I’m afraid Susan.
Susan       Hurry up Peter, what’s going on?
Peter       I’m coming out

Peter emerges from the cave

Peter       Bad news, the place is a tip. Totally ransacked. Something
            pretty bad has happened here.
Susan       What’s that.
Peter       I found this, I think it must have been nailed to the door at
            some stage.
Lucy        What does it say
Peter       “The former occupant of these premises, the Faun Tumnus,
            is under arrest and awaiting his trial on a charge of high
            treason against her Imperial Majesty Jadis, Queen of Narnia,
            Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands, etc.
            Also of comforting her said Majesties enemies, harbouring
            spies and fraternising with humans. Signed Maugrim,
            Captain of the Secret Police. Long live the Queen!”
Susan       I don’t think I’m going to like this place at all.
Peter       Who is this queen Lu?
Lucy        She isn’t a real queen at all. She’s a horrible witch, the
            White Witch. Everyone hates her. It is she who makes it
            always winter and never spring.
Susan       I think we should just go home. It’s not safe here and we’ve
            nothing to eat. It’s getting colder by the minute.
Lucy        Oh but we can’t. We have to help Mr Tumnus. He hid me
            from the Witch and helped me back. That’s what it means by
            “comforting her said Majesties enemies, harbouring spies
            and fraternising with humans.” We have to rescue him.
Edmund      A lot we could do!
Lucy        We must do something.
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Edmund      How do we know that the Faun is in the right? How do we
            know that the Witch is not really a Queen? We can’t trust
            either.
Peter       The Faun saved Lucy
Edmund      He said he did. But how do we know?
Peter       What do you think Susan?

Song: Into the Forest

Susan       I don’t want to go another step, and I wish we had never
            come, but I feel that we have to do something to help.
Peter       I feel the same. Then it’s agreed.
Edmund      Oh no!
Peter       We go on. Where do you think he’s imprisoned, Lucy?
Edmund      This is madness, no chance of dinner tonight.
Susan       What’s that!
Lucy        I saw it too!
Peter       What, where?
Lucy        Over to our left. Behind that tree.
Susan       There it is again. Shhhhh.
Peter       Everybody get down.
Susan       What is it?
Peter       Whatever it is it seems to be dodging us. It doesn’t want to
            be seen.
Susan       Let’s go home.
Peter       Wait a second, but be ready to run when I say.
Lucy        Quick, there it is.
Peter       It’s a beaver!
Susan       It seems to be waving at us.
Lucy        I think it want us to go it.
Peter       Yes, but are we to go to it or not?
Lucy        I think its a nice beaver.
Edmund      Yes, but how do we know?
Peter       Only one way to find out. Come on, we ought to be a match
            for one beaver if it turns out to be an enemy.
Mr B        Come further in, further in. It is not safe out in the open.

Mr B        Are you the Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve?
Peter       We’re some of them.
Mr B        Shhhhhh, we’re not safe, not even here.
Edmund      What’s there to be afraid of? There’s no one here but us.
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Mr B        There are the trees. They are always listening. Most of them
            are on our side, but there are trees that would betray us to
            her. You know who I mean.
Edmund      When it comes to taking sides, how do we know you’re a
            friend?
Peter       We’re strangers here
Mr B        Quite right to be suspicious. Here is my token.
Lucy        My handkerchief! The one I gave to Mr Tumnus.
Mr B        He got this to me before they came for him. He said that if
            anything should happen to him, then I must meet you here
            and take you to...(whisper)...they say Aslan is on the move –
            perhaps has already landed.
Peter       Aslan?
Susan       Aslan?
Lucy        But what about Mr Tumnus?
Mr B        Not here. Let us find safety and shelter – and some food too.

Scene Eleven: At the Beaver’s house

Mr Beaver Here we are, Mrs Beaver will be expecting us.
Peter     Is this your Dam?
Mr B      A trifle, merely a trifle. And it isn’t even finished. Mind your
          head, and mind you don’t slip.

Lights up on the Beaver household. Mrs B is cooking.

Mr B        Here we are Mrs Beaver, I’ve found the Sons of Adam and
            Daughters of Eve.
Mrs B       So you’ve come at last. To think that I should see this day!
Lucy        Please tell me what has happened to Mr Tumnus.
Mr B        A very bad business that. Taken off by the Secret Police.
            Was last seen heading North, and we all know what that
            means.
Susan       No we don’t
Mr B        They were taking him to her house.
Lucy        But what will she do to him?
Mr B        Can’t say for sure, but there’s not many taken there that ever
            comes out again. A house full of statues they say it is. In the
            courtyard and up the stairs, in every room. People
            she’s...turned into stone.
Lucy        But we must do something
Mrs B       I don’t doubt you’d save him if you could dearie, but you
            have no chance getting in that house and coming out alive.
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Peter       What about if we wore disguises? We must be able to do
            something. He saved Lucy after all.
Mr B        It is not for you to do Son of Adam. But now that Aslan is on
            the move again...
All Child   Yes, tell us about Aslan.
Mrs B       Why don’t you know? He’s the King, the lord of all the
            wood. Not often here you understand. Never in my time or
            that of my father. But word has reached us that he has come
            back. He is in Narnia at this very moment. It is he, not you
            who will free Mr Tumnus.
Edmund      Won’t she turn him to stone too?
Mr B        Turn him to stone?! If she can stand two feet away and look
            him in the face it’ll be the most she can do and more than I
            expect of her. No he’ll put her to rights.
Susan       Shall we ever see him
Mrs B       Why, that’s what I brought you here for. I’m to lead you to
            him.
Lucy        Is he a man?
Mr B        Aslan, a man? He is the King of the Wood and the son of the
            great Emperor beyond the sea. He is the king of beasts.
Mrs B       Aslan is a Lion
Lucy        A lion?
Susan       Is he safe?
Mrs B       If anyone can appear before Aslan without their knees
            knocking, they’re either braver than most or very stupid.
Susan       Then he isn’t safe?
Mr B        Course he isn’t safe. He’s a lion. But he is good. He’s the
            king.
Peter       Well I still want to meet him, even if he does scare me.
Mr B        That’s right Son of Adam. And so you shall. Word has been
            sent that you are to meet him tomorrow. At the stone table.
Lucy        But what about poor Mr Tumnus?
Mr B        The quickest way to help him is going to meet Aslan.
Mrs B       Things must be drawing near the end now. He’s here and
            you’re here. We’ve heard of Aslan in these parts before,
            many generations ago. But there have never been any of
            your race here. The prophecy must be coming true!
Peter       But isn’t the Witch human too?
Mr B        She’d like us to believe that, but she’s no Daughter of Eve.
            She just uses that to justify her claim to be queen. There isn’t
            a drop of human blood in her.
Mrs B       She’s bad through and through.
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Mr B          True enough Mrs Beaver. There may be two views about
              humans – no offence – but there’s no two views about things
              that look like humans but aren’t.
Mrs B         I’ve known good dwarves...
Mr B          So have I, but precious few and they were the ones least like
              Men. Take my advice, if you meet anything that’s going to
              be human that isn’t yet, or used to be human once but isn’t
              now, or ought to be human but isn’t, keep your eyes on it
              and feel for your hatchet.
Mrs B         The Witch is always on the lookout for humans in Narnia.
              She’s been watching and waiting for you for many a year
              and if she knew you were here, well, she’d be more
              dangerous still.
Peter         But why?
Mr B          Because of the prophecy. It is said that when two Sons of
              Adam and two Daughters of Eve sit on the four thrones at
              the castle at Cair Paravel, it will be the end of the witch’s
              reign and her life. If she knew you were here your lives
              wouldn’t be worth a shake of my whiskers.
Song Listen to the Lions Words.

During which, Edmund slips away unseen.

Lucy          Wait! Where’s Edmund?
Mr B          Who saw him last?
Mrs B         How long has he been missing?
Susan         Oh no, what now? How I wish we’d never come.
Peter         What shall we do?
Mr B          Do? We must be off at once. Not a moment to spare.
Peter         We’d better divide into search parties.
Mr B          Search parties? What for?
Peter         To look for Edmund of course
Mr B          There’s no point looking for him.
Mrs B         We know where he’s gone.
Mr B          He’s gone to her.
Peter         But he won’t know how to. He won’t know the way.
Mr B          Think carefully, has he ever been to this country before?
Lucy          Yes, he has.
Mr B          And was he alone?
Lucy          Yes, I’m afraid he was.
Mr B          Mark my words he has already met her and joined her side.
              As soon as I set eyes on him I said to myself “treacherous”
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Peter       Even so, he is our brother and we have to look for him.
Mrs B       What, go to the Witch’s house? Don’t you see that your only
            chance is to get as far away from her as you can? She wants
            all four of you as new statues for her collection.
Mr B        But she’ll keep your brother alive, if only to use him as a
            decoy, bait to catch the rest of you.
Lucy        Can no one help us?
Mr B        Only Aslan. That’s our only chance now.
Mrs B       Was he still here when we mentioned Aslan?
Lucy        Yes, don’t you remember, he asked if the Witch would turn
            Aslan to stone.
Mr B        Worse and worse! And was he here when I mentioned that
            we had to meet Aslan tomorrow at the stone table.

Stony silence

Mr B        She’ll sledge down tomorrow, between here and the stone
            table. We shall be cut off from Aslan.
Mrs B       But first she’ll set out to catch us here. She could be here in
            as little as twenty minutes after Edmund tells her you are
            here.
Mr B        You’re right! We must get away from here right now, there’s
            not a moment to lose. What are you doing Mrs Beaver?
Mrs B       Why packing a load for each of us. We can’t go out on a
            journey with nothing to eat.
Susan       But we haven’t time.
Lucy        She may be here any minute.
Mrs B       She can’t be here for fifteen minutes at least.
Peter       But we need the head start if we are to reach the stone table
            ahead of her.
Mrs B       Well we’re on foot and she’s in her sledge. We can’t get
            there before her.
Susan       Then there’s no hope?
Mrs B       There’s always hope. We can’t get there before her, but we
            can get around her by ways she won’t expect.
Mr B        True enough Mrs Beaver, but its time we were gone.
Lucy        Oh do please come on.
Mrs B       I suppose the sewing machine is too heavy to take.
Mr B        Yes it is!
Mrs B       I can’t abide the thought of that Witch fiddling with it.
Peter       Come on.

Lights down.
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Scene Twelve: Edmund in the forest.


Song: All that I could have. Part one.

Sung under solo spot, the song carries the script.

Scene Thirteen: In the Witch’s House.

Edmund         I have come your majesty
Wolf:          Who’s there? Who’s there?
Edmund         My name is Edmund, the Son of Adam her majesty met in
               the wood. I have brought my brother and sisters to Narnia,
               they are close by. She wanted to see them.
Wolf           Wait here on the threshold if you value your life.
Jadis          Let him approach
Wolf           Come here fortunate favourite of the Queen. Or perhaps not
               so fortunate.
Jadis          How dare you come alone? Did I not tell you to bring the
               others with you?
Edmund         Please majesty, I’ve done the best I can. They’re close, at the
               little house on Beaver Damn.
Jadis          Is this your news?
Edmund         No, your majesty. They say that Aslan is on the move and
               almost here.
Jadis          What! Aslan here! If I find that you have lied?
Edmund         Please mistress I am only repeating what they said.
Jadis          Make ready our sledge and use the harness without the bells.
Edmund         Please can I have some Turkish Delight?
Jadis          Silence fool! And yet I cannot have the brat fainting dead
               away. Bring the human creature food and drink.

A dwarf brings Edmund some bread and water.

Dwarf          Turkish Delight for the little prince!
Edmund         Take it away. I don’t want dried bread.
Jadis          You may be glad enough of it before you taste bread again.

Jadis          Take with you the swiftest of wolves, go at once to the house
               of the Beavers and kill all that you find there. Show no
               mercy for children. If they are already gone, wait for me in
               hiding at the stone table. I must first find a place to drive
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              across the river. You may even intercept the humans on the
              way there. If so, you know what to do.
Wolf          I hear and obey o Queen.
Jadis         As for you Son of Adam, you’re coming with me.

Lights down. Solo spot on Edmund.


Song All that I could have Part Two.

Lights down.

Scene Fourteen. On the run with the Beavers.


Song One Step Ahead.

Scene Fifteen. Aslan is nearer.

In the woods. A small party of animals and woodland creatures are
seated around a table, celebrating Christmas. They are singing the chorus
to the Spring Coronation Song.

The Witch arrives on her sledge. The singing stops and the creatures
freeze in terror.

Jadis         Stop! What have we here?


Song The Spell Begins to Break.

Jadis         Well, what is the meaning of this? Speak vermin or do you
              want my dwarf to find you a tongue? Where did you get all
              these things?
Fox           Please your Majesty. We were given them. And if I may
              make so bold as to propose a toast to your majesty’s very
              good health...
Jadis         Who gave them to you?
Fox           F-f-f-f-father Christmas.
Jadis         What? He has not been here! Say it is not so, and even now
              your lives shall be spared.
Squirrel      He has, he has! (Bursts back into Spring Coronation Song)
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Witch brandishes wand.

Edmund      Oh please, no, not that.

Witch turns the Christmas party to stone.

Jadis       As for you. (She hits him) Let that teach you to ask for
            favours for spies and traitors. Drive on.
Dwarf       It’s no use Your Majesty. We can’t sledge in this thaw.
Jadis       Then we will walk.
Dwarf       But we shall never overtake them if we walk. Not with the
            start they have got.
Jadis       Are you my councillor or my slave? Do as you are
            commanded. Tie the hands of the human creature and keep
            hold of the end of the rope. Cut loose the reindeer, they will
            find their way home. Now, fast away!
Dwarf       This is no thaw. It’s spring. This is Aslan’s doing I tell you.
Jadis       If either of you mention that name again, he shall be
            instantly killed.

Scene Sixteen: Meeting Aslan.

At the Stone Table.

Lights up. Aslan and his followers are gathered together at the Stone
Table awaiting the Beavers and Children. All are nervous about meeting
him.

Mr B        Go on.
Peter       No, you first.
Mr B        Sons of Adam before animals.
Peter       Susan, what about ladies first?
Susan       No, you’re the eldest.
Peter       Honestly, pull yourselves together.

Peter advances toward Aslan.

Peter       We have come Aslan.
Aslan       Welcome Peter, Son of Adam. And welcome Susan and
            Lucy, Daughters of Eve.
Lucy        Hello!
Aslan       And welcome to you too he and she beaver. But where is the
            forth? The second Son of Adam?
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Mr B        He has tried to betray them Aslan. He has gone over and
            joined the White Witch.
Peter       Sorry Aslan, I think that might be partly my fault. I was very
            hard on him earlier.
Lucy        Can anything be done Aslan?
Aslan       All shall be done, but it may be harder than you think. For
            now, I have a gift for each of you. Mrs Beaver will find a
            new sewing machine on her arrival back home.
Mrs B       But the house is all locked up.
Aslan       Locks and bolts make no difference to me. Mr Beaver will
            find the Dam finished and mended, and a new sluice gate
            fitted.
Mr B        Speechless, just speechless! Thank you Aslan.
Aslan       And for each of the children, well, these are tools rather than
            toys and the time to use them is close at hand. Peter, Son of
            Adam, take this sword and shield. Be sure to use it well.
Peter       I will Sir.
Aslan       Susan, Daughter of Eve, this bow does not miss easily, and
            this horn, when blown correctly, has a strange knack of
            drawing help quickly to you.
Susan       Thank you Aslan.
Aslan       Brave Lucy, this bottle contains a cordial made from the fire
            flowers that grow on the mountains of the sun. One small
            drop will revive and restore the injured. The dagger is for
            you to defend yourself in times of great need.
            Now, let the feast be prepared. Friends, take the Daughters
            of Eve and make them most welcome. I will spend a while
            with the first born.

Susan and Lucy exit with cast, leaving Aslan and Peter.

Aslan       Look beyond and below to the sea shore.
Peter       I can see a castle.
Aslan       That is Cair Paravel where you will sit as king. I show it to
            you now because you are the first born, and you will be high
            king over the others.
Peter       So that is Cair Paravel, we heard Mr Beaver mention it. It is
            magnificent.
Aslan       Cair Paravel contains four thrones. One for each of you...

They are interrupted by the sound of screaming and chaos offstage. There
is the sound of Susan’s horn calling for help.
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Cast come back on stage in a state of panic, pointing in fear from where
they have come from.

Aslan         What’s this? I heard the alarm?

Maugrim the wolf (Chief of Police) enters snarling and spitting. Aslan’s
guard make to intervene.

Aslan         Stand back all of you. Let the prince win his spurs.

Peter and Maugrim fight. Peter kills the wolf.

Aslan         Quick, over there! Another wolf. He’s running away, after
              him.

Aslan’s guard set off after the wolf.

Aslan         Hand me your sword. Rise up Sir Peter, Wolfs-Bane.


Scene Seventeen Edmund is rescued.

The forest.

Dwarf         It’s no use. They must be at the Stone Table by now.
Jadis         Perhaps Maugrim will bring us news.
Dwarf         It can’t be good even if he does.
Jadis         Four thrones at Cair Paravel. How would it be if only three
              were filled? That would not fulfil the prophecy.
Dwarf         What difference will that make, now that He is here?
Jadis         He may not stay long once the prophecy is wrecked. And
              then we could fall upon the remaining three at Cair.
Dwarf         It might be better to keep this one as a hostage. To bargain
              with.
Jadis         Yes, and have him rescued I suppose?
Dwarf         Then let us do what must be done.
Jadis         I would have liked to have done it at the Stone Table. It is
              the proper place. That is where it has always been done.
Dwarf         It will be a long time before the Stone Table can again be
              used for its proper purpose.
Jadis         True, let us begin.

They are interrupted by the Wolf.
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Wolf        I have seen them! They are at the Stone Table with Him.
            They killed my captain, flee, flee!
Jadis       No! There will be no fleeing. Go quickly and summon all
            my followers and tell them to meet me here. Call out the
            giants, werewolves and the spirits of the trees that are on our
            side. Call the ghouls, Boggles, Hags and Spectres. We will
            fight. Have I not still got my wand? Their ranks will turn to
            stone as they advance. Fast away with you. I have a small
            matter here to attend to first.

The wolf exits.

Jadis       Prepare the victim!

Cast        There they are, over there etc.

Edmunds rescue squad arrives.

Jadis       Quick, disguises!

She and the Dwarf turn themselves into stumps and a boulder
respectively, to be true to the book.

Cast rush in and free Edmund.

Cast        Untie him, Poor lad, Is he thirsty? Looks exhausted, Can you
            hear me lad? Give him some wine, Steady now you’ll be all
            right in a minute.
C1          Who’s got the Witch?
C2          I thought you had her?
C1          Me? You were closest.
C3          I was going after the Dwarf.
C1          What a great job you did of that!
C2          Do you mean she’s escaped?
C1          I can’t believe you let this happen.
C3          Don’t try and pin this on me.
Cast        Can you stand?
Edmund      I think so.
C1          Are you OK?
C2          Help him up
Edmund      I think I can manage. What about the Witch? Did you get
            her?
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Cast             You’re safe, that’s all that matters.
Edmund           She’s here somewhere.
Cast             Let’s go.

Exit

Before lights down, Jardis and her Dwarf, “uncloak”.

Jadis            I think it’s time I had a word with this...Aslan.

Scene Eighteen. Under a Flag of Truce.

In the forest.

Aslan            Here is your brother, he has something to say.
Edmund           Sorry. For everything.
Children         It’s ok, and fine etc.
Leopard          Sire, there is a messenger here from the Queen.
Aslan            Let him approach.

Enter the Dwarf

Aslan            What is your message Son of Earth?
Dwarf            The Queen of Narnia and Empress of the Lone Islands
                 desires a safe conduct to speak to you, on a matter which is
                 as much to your advantage as it is to hers.
Mrs B            Queen of Narnia indeed!
Aslan            All names will soon be restored to their rightful owners. For
                 now, we will not dispute them. Tell your Mistress that I will
                 grant her safe conduct on one condition.
Dwarf            And that is?
Aslan            That she leave her wand behind at that great oak.

Exit Dwarf

Enter Jardis

Jadis            You have a traitor there Aslan.
Aslan            Well, his offence was not against you.
Jadis            Have you forgotten the deep magic?
Aslan            Suppose I have forgotten it? Tell us of this deep magic.
Jadis            Tell you what is written on that very table of stone? Tell you
                 what is written in letters deep as a spear is long on Secret
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             Hill? Tell you what is engraved on the sceptre of the
             Emperor beyond the Sea. You at least know the Magic that
             the Emperor put into Narnia at the very beginning? You
             know that every traitor belongs to me, as my lawful prey and
             that for every treachery, I have the right to a kill.
Mrs B        How dare you call yourself Queen! Emperor’s hangman
             more like.
Jadis        That human creature is mine! His life is forfeit to me. His
             blood is my property.
Bull Head    Come and take him then.
Jadis        Fool! Do you think that your master can rob me of my rights
             by mere force. He knows the deep magic better than that. He
             knows that unless I have blood as the law says, all Narnia
             will perish in fire and water.
Aslan        It is true. I cannot deny it.
Susan        Oh Aslan, can’t we do something about the deep magic?
             Isn’t there something you can do to work against it?
Aslan        Work against the Emperor’s magic? It cannot be done. Fall
             back all of you, I will speak to the Witch alone.
Song The Deal.

Exit the Witch. Cast re-enter.

Aslan        We must move from this place at once. It will be needed for
             other purposes. We shall encamp tonight at the Fords of
             Beruna and prepare for the battle ahead.

People start packing.

Aslan        Peter, after the battle, the remnants of the witch’s army will
             fall back to her house and prepare for siege. You should try
             and cut her off and prevent her from reaching it.
Peter        But you will be there Aslan?
Aslan        I can give no promise of that.
Edmund       Which side of the Ford should we camp on. Do you think the
             far side would be safer?
Susan        What if the Witch should attack tonight?
Aslan        She will not attack tonight. All the same, it is well thought
             of.
Lucy         Are we ready to go?
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Scene Nineteen. Aslan leaves camp.

Susan          Can’t you sleep either?
Lucy           I thought you were asleep.
Susan          No, I thought you were. Why can’t you sleep?
Lucy           I have a bad feeling.
Susan          What?
Lucy           It is as if something is hanging over us.
Susan          I feel it too.
Lucy           Something about Aslan. Something dreadful that I don’t
               want to think about.
Susan          I thought he looked unwell this afternoon.
Lucy           You think he’s sick?
Susan          I’m not sure. What was that he said about not being with us
               at the battle? You don’t think he would leave us now do
               you?
Lucy           I don’t think so.
Susan          I think we should go and take a look around. Let’s see if we
               can find him.
Lucy           Good idea.

They get up.

Susan          Look, there he is, quiet.
Lucy           What is he doing?
Lucy           (whisper) Aslan!
Aslan          Oh children, why are you here?
Lucy           We couldn’t sleep.
Susan          Please let us stay. For a short while.
Aslan          Well, I should be glad of some company tonight. But
               promise to leave me when I tell you?

Susan          But you’re not leaving are you?
Aslan          I hope to return.
Lucy           Promise
Susan          Aslan, are you ill?
Aslan          No, I am sad and lonely.
Lucy           Oh Aslan, what’s wrong?
Aslan          I have a journey ahead tonight.


Song In my Weakness.
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Aslan         I must go now. You may follow at a distance, but whatever
              happens, you must not intervene and make sure you are not
              seen.

Aslan exits, Lucy and Susan look at each other and then follow.

Scene Twenty. At the Stone Table.

Jadis and her followers are at the stone table as Aslan approaches.
Song At the Stone Table (which continues beneath the dialogue

Jadis         The Fool! The fool has come! Bind him fast. Bind him I say.

They bind him.

Jadis         Stop! Let him first be shaved.
C1            Why he’s only a cat after all.
C2            Is that what we were afraid of?
C3            Would you like a saucer of milk?
Jadis         Muzzle him.

Susan and Lucy watch on from a safe distance.

Lucy          The cowards
Susan         Are they still afraid of him, even now?


Song At the Stone Table Part Two

Or, use the following speech if you prefer.

Jadis         And now who has won? Fool, did you think that by all this
              that you would save the human traitor? Now I will kill you
              instead of him and the deep magic will be appeased. But
              when you are dead what will prevent me from killing him as
              well? Understand that you have given me Narnia forever,
              you have lost your life and you have not saved his. In that
              knowledge despair and die.

Jadis kills Aslan with her knife.

Thunder
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Jadis        Now we will set about what remains of this war. It will not
             take us long to crush the vermin and human traitors, now
             that the great Fool, the Cat lies dead!

Jadis and Cast Exit.

Susan and Lucy emerge from hiding and go to Aslan’s body.

Lucy         We must untie him.
Susan        Lucy, wait, it’s not safe.
Lucy         Untie him. Come on, help me.
Susan        Lucy, it is dangerous here, we might be seen. Remember
             what he said.
Lucy         Leave me alone
Susan        But it won’t make any difference.
Lucy         Get away.
Susan        He’s dead.

They cry.

The light flickers and fails, there is the sound of approaching thunder.

Susan        Now what?
Lucy         I’m cold.
Susan        Is it more magic?

More thunder and a big flash.

Aslan’s body is seen moving, struggling with his bonds.

Lucy         Aslan!
Susan        He’s alive
Lucy         Quick Susan help

They untie him. He leaps up renewed.

Aslan        Stand clear and cover your ears!

There is a huge noise and a flash as the Stone Table breaks in two.

Lucy         Aslan, is it really you?
Susan        You’re not a, not a Gho...
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Aslan       Do I look like a ghost?
Lucy        More magic?
Aslan       Yes, more magic!
Lucy        You’re real!
Susan       But what does it all mean?
Aslan       It means, that although the Witch knew the deep magic,
            there is a deeper magic still. Her knowledge goes back only
            to the dawn of time. It she could have looked back further –
            into the stillness and darkness before time dawned - she
            would have read a different incantation.
Susan       What deeper magic?
Aslan       That when a willing victim, who had committed no
            treachery, is killed in place of a traitor, that death itself
            would start working backward. And now...
Lucy        Yes, what now?
Aslan       Now, cover your ears, I feel a roar coming on.

Aslan roars loudly.

Aslan       That’s better, I feel my strength returning.

Aslan       And now to business. The witch will be on her way to do
            battle with our army at Beruna. There is an old Nanian
            saying “While the Witch is away, the Cat will play”. We will
            go firstly to her house to save the statues, and then help Peter
            and the others.

Lights down.

Scene Twenty One. Saving Statues.

In the witch’s house.

Lucy        What an extraordinary place.
Susan       Quiet!
Lucy        But there’s no one here, except these statues, do you suppose
            they can hear?
Susan       I don’t know, are they alive or dead?
Lucy        Both I suppose.
Susan       Look, Aslan’s doing something.
Aslan       Ready for even more magic?
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Aslan “breathes” upon a lion statue, which promptly comes back to life.
He revives whatever statues there are on stage and exits.

Lucy         Another lion!
Susan        Is it safe?
Lucy         He’s bringing the statues to life!
Susan        Look, a dwarf.
Lucy         And a Dryad!
Susan        This is incredible!
Lucy         Susan! Do you suppose Mr Tumnus could still be here?
Susan        He must be. Where should we look?
Lucy         Over here first
Susan        What is Aslan doing?
Lucy         He’s bringing that giant to life.
Susan        Is it safe?
Lucy         Probably not, but we’ve come this far!
Aslan        It’s alright, once his feet are thawed the rest of him will
             quickly follow!
Susan        That’s not what I meant!

Booming voice of the giant heard offstage.

Giant        Where am I? Must have been asleep. Now where is that
             dratted little Witch?
Lucy         Look out!
Susan        Mind the house!

There is a loud crash and dust.

Susan        Perhaps, this way then?
Lucy         Over there!

Tumnus the Statue is in a suitably frightened pose.

Lucy         Aslan, over here. I’ve found Mr Tumnus.
Aslan        You have served Narnia well Tumnus.

Aslan thaws Tumnus.

Tumnus       No! No! Sorry Mistress...
Lucy         Mr Tumnus!
Susan        It’s OK. You’re safe.
Tumnus       Lucy!
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All embrace.

Tumnus           But how...Is that..?
Lucy             Aslan?
Susan            It certainly is.
Aslan            Look alive everyone! Our day’s work is not yet over. We
                 must away to join the battle, if the Witch is to be defeated
                 before sundown.
Tumnus           Battle? What has been going on?
Susan            It’s a long story.
Lucy             But a good one.

All exit.

Scene Twenty Two. The Battle.

In the forest.

Cast and as many extra’s as possible all fighting. Jadis fights Peter with
her stone knife. Edmund is fighting a dwarf.

Aslan enters the fray making straight for the Witch. Jadis screams. They
fight, he wins! Remaining army flee in terror. Edmund gets injured in the
final seconds.

Cast             Victory! We did it! Etc.
Susan            Help, it’s Edmund. He’s hurt.
Peter            It was all Edmunds doing Aslan. He fought his way through
                 to the witch and with his sword, slashed the wand out of her
                 hand. She had been turning our army to stone before that. If
                 he hadn’t been so brave, we would have lost.
Aslan            Lucy...

Lucy uses the cordial that Aslan gave her earlier. Edmund is revived.

Aslan            There are other people who need help Lucy.
Lucy             I know, just a minute.
Aslan            Your brother will be fine. Many are dying.
Lucy             Sorry Aslan.

Scene Twenty Three. Coronation at Cair Paravel
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Four thrones.

Fanfare, bells ringing.

Procession

Crowd        Long live King Peter, etc.
Aslan        Once a King or Queen in Narnia, always a King or Queen.
             Bear it well.


Song Spring Coronation Song/ Aslan’s Farewell

Scene Twenty Four. Going Home

“Out of Narnia” sounds.

Children tumble through wardrobe back into main room. The professor is
sitting in a nearby chair

Peter        Wow, were back!
Susan        Were home!
Prof         So I see.
Lucy         We’ve been to Narnia
Prof         Nothing is more probable.
Edmund       But we have.
Prof         I know, I know
Peter        Come look inside the wardrobe.
Prof         Very well. Four coats appear to be missing.
Peter        Ah...
Susan        I’m sorry, that was my idea.
Lucy         It was very cold in Narnia, at first.
Edmund       But what about the entrance? Take a look.
Prof         Four coats missing, but otherwise, quite normal.
Lucy         But there must be...
Prof         I don’t think you will be able to get back into Narnia using
             that route again.
Lucy         Will we never go back? I liked being Queen.
Prof         Once a King or Queen in Narnia, always an King or Queen.
Peter        That’s what Aslan said.
Susan        Are we ever to go back?
Prof         The harder you try the harder it gets. I’ll happen one day
             when you’re not looking for it.
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Peter        How will we know it when we see it?
Prof         Oh, you’ll know all right. What do they teach in schools.


Song Spellbound at Midnight Part Two.

End.

				
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