PREPARE to be enchanted as you enter the magical world of Narnia in this stunning production which is this year's main festive offering at the Lowry.

C S Lewis produced a classic story which has entertained and enthralled countless generations. This flawless adaptation tells that story beautifully. Visually it will leave you amazed; it looks spectacular. But every credit to director Michael Fentiman and his team, they also understand the importance of good storytelling and the narrative doesn't falter for one second.

This is a production on an epic scale which uses every inch of the Lowry's vast stage.

The stuff of bed time reading for decades, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the story of the four Pevensie children evacuated from London during the war to a mysterious house in Scotland. A wardrobe in the house is the gateway into the magical world of Narnia which has been in a state of permanent winter for over a hundred years overseen by the ruthless White Witch.

It's a classic tale of good versus evil; of love and loss and is open to many interpretations of belief, but it's also a cracking tale and that's what this production concentrates on.

And it doesn't pull any punches. At times it's genuinely scary - there's a skeleton army which wouldn't have looked out of place in Game of Thrones and themes such as death and loss are not shied away from.

Having said that it's a hugely entertaining night out which threatens to overload the senses at times.

Samantha Womack is perfect as the White Witch. Part seductress, part ruthless ice maiden she manages to be terrifying and strangely vulnerable at the same time. Her chariot allows her to float across the stage and in one scene she flies to the heavens revealing the most spectacular costume.

The choreography and movement of the whole cast is so impressive. Half the cast appear as wandering minstrels playing cello, violin and accordion for the musical numbers which provide the perfect folk-inspired soundtrack to the whole thing. The vocal harmonies are amazing and add to the spiritual nature of the production.

The Aslan puppet operated by three puppeteers is a thing of wonder and Chris Jared, the human spirit of the lion works seamlessly with his giant co-star.

Don't think that it's all a bit highbrow. There are some wonderfully funny moments - particularly the interplay between Mr and Mrs Beaver - and even the White Witch's henchmen are given licence to entertain.

It's a classic story beautifully told. It's rare you get the chance to see a production of this quality so close to home. My advice? Make the most of it.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is at the Lowry until January 15. Details from