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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: C.S. Lewis Director: Sally Cookson Puppetry Director: Craig Leo Designer: Rae Smith Composer/MD: Benji Bower Reviewer: Holly Spanner The creative team at the West Yorkshire Playhouse are known for their spectacular Christmas productions (who can forget Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a production so successful it went on to tour the UK), and Sally Cookson’s adaptation of The Lion, the ...

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Shadowlands – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Starting a play with a university lecture on theology is never going to be the most scintillating of openers for a commercial production. That William Nicholson’s play Shadowlands not only survives from the density of its opening scene but thrives upon it, returning to the lecture’s themes and suffusing them throughout ...

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Shadowlands – Exeter Northcott

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer:Kelyn Luther Shadowlands, adapted for film in 1993 starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, is based on C.S Lewis’ (Stephen Boxer) relationship with Joy Gresham (Amanda Ryan), an intellectual woman 17 years younger. When she becomes terminally ill, Lewis’ firm ideals of the purpose of suffering and the nature of God are challenged. The ...

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Shadowlands – CAST, Doncaster

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Designers: Anne-Marie Woodley, Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ron Simpson It is over 30 years since William Nicholson’s play Shadowlands appeared on television, with stage and major film adaptations to follow in the next 10 years. This new tour by Birdsong Productions holds no surprises, but still emerges as a solid, emotionally and intellectually honest piece ...

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Shadowlands– Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Jo Payne Based on some true events and with the surrounding circumstances imagined by writer, William Nicholson, Shadowlands tells the story of beloved author C.S. Lewis in his later years. Known to his friends as Jack, Lewis is a bachelor who is invited to tea by a fan with whom he has been ...

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Shadowlands – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Glen Pearce   In the stuffy corridors of post-war Oxford University, a professor debated the relationship between love, pain, suffering and God. It’s a dilemma he understands intrinsically. Reserved, suppressing emotions and living with his brother, the professor unexpectedly finds love late in life in the form of a brash American divorceewho has ...

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Shadowlands – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Steve Turner William Nicholson’s Shadowlands was first presented as a television drama before transferring to the stage and then to the big screen in a film featuring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. Nicholson’s study of love found and then lost in later life avoids any mawkish sentimentality, delivering instead a touching, heartfelt and ...

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

A wardrobe in the mist

Writer: C.S. Lewis Adaptor: Theresa Heskins Director: Rachel O’Riordan Composer: Conor Mitchell Musical Director: Gareth Wyn Griffiths Based on C.S. Lewis’ traditional first instalment of The Chronicles of Narnia, Theresa Heskin’s stage adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the tale of four siblings who discover the magical lands of Narnia, stumbling through the infamous wardrobe and ...

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