Shadowlands – Cardiff New Theatre

Shadowlands by William Nicholson is based on the true experiences of the author and academic C.S Lewis (Stephen Boxer), who found love later in life with Joy Gresham (Amanda Ryan). It was originally a television drama, then a play, and finally a film version starring Anthony Hopkins in 1993.

Lewis and Gresham’s initial contact was via letters, and the play depicts their first meeting, and their subsequent slow developing love story. It is a very witty and tender play, with some lovely and touching performances from the main actors. As well as the love story, the play is also a reflection on the nature of God, faith and theology – it opens and closes with Lewis giving the audience a lecture, and the points raised are poignant and thought provoking, which made for an emotional evening.

I have loved the Narnia books since I was little and this was a wonderful small insight into the author’s life, although obviously somewhat fictionalised. A touching production.

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