1st to 5th March 2016

Shadowlands

by William Nicholson, directed by Peter Drew

Shadowlands is a beautiful and touching play which, in demonstrating the rejuvenating power of love, will resonate with everyone. It’s the poignant, humorous, unsentimental and ultimately optimistic story of the relationship between bachelor academic and popular author, C.S. Lewis and divorced American poet, Joy Gresham, née Davidman. Set in the male enclave of academic Oxford in the 1950s, their relationship starts as an exchange of literary correspondence.

When Joy arrives in Oxford, her intellectual assertiveness delights and refreshes Lewis but appals 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 unexpectedly into a deep and abiding love, brutally heightened by Joy’s terminal illness which forces Lewis to reconsider his beliefs.

CAST DETAILS

C.S. Lewis - Neil Arbon

Major W.H. Lewis (‘Warnie’) - Denis Brogan

Professor Christopher Riley - Christopher Suckling

Rev ‘Harry’ Harrington - Ian Pritchard-Watts

Dr Maurice Oakley - Nick Elliott

Joy Gresham, née Davidman - Heidi Bernhard-Bubb

Douglas - Alex Ray

Registrar - Linda Dowdall

Clerk - Wendy Wells

Witness - Nick Elliott

Nurse - Wendy Wells

Doctor - Anthea Halstead

Waiters - Nick Elliott / Oliver Moulden

Priest - Oliver Moulden