Shadowlands | Tour

William Nicholson’s



The love Story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman

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The 2016 national tour of William Nicholson’s SHADOWLANDS, directed by Alastair Whatley, is currently on a National Tour having recently opened at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.
The cast of SHADOWLANDS is led by

Stephen Boxer (Humans, The Iron Lady, Doctors) as C.S. Lewis, read our interview here
Denis Lill (The Royal, Only Fools and Horses, Rumpole of the Bailey) as Major W.H. Lewis ‘Warnie’
Amanda Ryan (The Forsyte Saga, Shameless) as Joy Davidman.
Simon Shackleton as Professor Christopher Riley,
Jeffrey Harmer as Rev ‘Harry’ Harrington,
Ian Marr as Alan Gregg,
Richard Holliday as Dr Maurice Oakley and
Shannon Rewcroft as Douglas,

with Holly Smith and Alistair Higgins playing multiple supporting roles.

SHADOWLANDS, by William Nicholson, tells the love story of C.S. Lewis, Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters, and American poet Joy Davidman. What begins as a formal meeting of two very different minds slowly develops into a feeling of connection and love. Lewis finds his quiet life with his brother Warnie disrupted by the outspoken, feisty Davidman, whose uninhibited behaviour offers a sharp contrast to the rigid sensibilities of the male-dominated university. Each provides the other with new ways of viewing the world, but Lewis’s Christian faith is tested when Joy is diagnosed with cancer.


SHADOWLANDS won the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Play in 1990 and Nicholson was nominated for a Tony Award when it transferred to Broadway. The film version, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, won Best British Film at the 1994 BAFTAs and Nicholson was nominated for a Best Screenplay nomination.


This major revival of SHADOWLANDS is produced by Birdsong Productions, the people behind the critically-acclaimed and hugely successful touring productions of Birdsong and Flare Path, in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.


SHADOWLANDS will have Lighting Design by Alex Wardle and Sound Design by Dominic Bilkey.


Tour Dates


18 – 27 February
Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford
01483 44 00 00

29 February – 5 March
Salisbury Playhouse
01722 320 333

7 – 12 March
Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
01323 412 000

14 – 19 March
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
01473 295900

29 March – 2 April Theatre
Royal Windsor
01753 853 888

4 – 9 April
Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
020 8688 9291

11 – 16 April
Festival Theatre, Malvern
01684 892277

19 – 23 April
Connaught Theatre, Worthing
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26 April – 30 April
CAST Theatre, Doncaster
01302 303 959

16 – 21 May
Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield
01246 345 222

31 May – 4 June
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
0121 236 4455

13 – 18 June
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
023 9264 9000

21 – 25 June
New Theatre, Cardiff
029 2087 8889

28 June – 2 July
Exeter Northcott Theatre
01392 726363

25 July – 30 July
Richmond Theatre
0844 871 7651


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