Tilbury Hall Theatre ● 25th to 29th October 2016 Director: Michael Crisp
William Nicholson’s stage adaptation of this award winning play is the poignant, humorous, unsentimental, ultimately most optimistic story of a shy Oxford don and children’s author C.S. Lewis (most famous for his Chronicles of Narnia books), and American poet Joy Davidman. Set in the male enclave of academic Oxford in the 1950’s their relationship starts as an exchange of literary correspondence. When Joy arrives in Oxford, her intellectual assertiveness delights and refreshes Lewis, but appalls his condescending fellow academics, who are further shocked when Lewis goes through a marriage of convenience with her for immigration purposes. From tentative, timid beginnings their friendship develops into a deep abiding love which becomes brutally heightened by Joy’s terminal illness and finally Lewis is forced to recognise the spiritual value of suffering, reconciling his hurt at losing Joy with his fervent belief in the absolute beneficence of God. The play enjoyed a very successful West End run starring Nigel Hawthorne and Jane Lapotaire as well as a magnificent film success with Anthony Hopkins.
C. S. Lewis Nick Vause
Warnie Lewis Bryan Hewitt
Prof. C. Riley Paul Large
Rev. Harry Harrington Colin Ricardo
Alan Gregg/Priest George Rowlands
Dr. M Oakley Jim Anderson
Joy Gresham Catherine Little
Douglas Gresham Thomas Luke
Registrar/Nurse Michelle Wright
Doctor/Waitress in Tea Room Sanna Saha
Overview of Shadowlands - With some of the cast
Rehearsing is all about learning those tricky long passages ....