Stephen Boxer leads Shadowlands revival on UK tour

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Stephen Boxer and Tony Slattery lead the 2016 national tour of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands which opens at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in February.

William Nicholson ‘s moving drama tells the love story of C.S. Lewis, Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia, 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.

Amanda Ryan

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, directed by Alastair Whatley, stars Stephen Boxer (Humans, The Iron Lady, Doctors) as C.S. Lewis, Tony Slattery (Peter’s Friends, The Crying Game, Whose Line is it Anyway?) as Major W.H. Lewis ‘Warnie’ and Amanda Ryan (The Forsyte Saga, Shameless) as Joy Davidman.

They will be joined by Simon Shackleton, Jeffrey Harmer, Ian Marr, Richard Holliday and Shannon Rewcroft, with Holly Smith and Alistair Higgins playing multiple supporting roles.

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 is produced by Birdsong Productions, the people behind the recent critically-acclaimed and hugely successful touring productions of Birdsong and Flare Path, in association with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.


February 18 – 27, Yvonne Arnaud,
February 29 – March 5, Salisbury
March 7 – 12, Devonshire Park Theatre,
March 14 – 19, New Wolsey Theatre,
March 29 – April 2, Theatre Royal
April 4-9, Ashcroft Theatre,
April 11-16, Festival Theatre,
April 19 – 23, Connaught Theatre,
April 26-30, CAST Theatre,
May 16 – 21, Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield
May 31-June 4, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
June 13-18, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
June 21-25, New Theatre, Cardiff
June 28-July 2, Northcott Theatre, Exeter
July 25-30, Richmond Theatre.

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