Details of the 2016 tour and cast for William Nicholson’s Shadowlands, about the love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman have been announced today. 

Directed by Alastair Whatley, the production will open at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on the 18th February 2016.

The tour will then visit Salisbury, Eastbourne, Ipswich, Windsor, Croydon, Malvern, Worthing, Doncaster, Chesterfield, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Exeter and Richmond, with further dates to be announced.

Shadowlands tells of the love story between author C.S.Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman. What started as a formal meeting of two different minds soon becomes a deeper feeling of connection and love. While each provide the other with different ways of viewing the world, Lewis’s Christian faith is tested when Joy is diagnosed with cancer.

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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.

It was then made into a film, starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger and won Best British Film at the 1994 BAFTA awards and Nicholson was nominated for Best Screenplay.

This latest revival production is produced by Birdsong productions, whose recent productions include Birdsong and Flare Path. It will feature lighting design by Alex Wardle and sound design by Dominic Bilkey.

The 2016 schedule for the tour is:

8 – 27 February           Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford                                   01483 44 00 00 

www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk                                  on sale 11 December

29 February – 5 March   Salisbury Playhouse                                          01722 320 333

                                    www.salisburyplayhouse.com

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

                                    www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk                                 

14 – 19 March               New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich                             01473 295900

                                    www.wolseytheatre.co.uk                                      

29 March – 2 April         Theatre Royal Windsor                                       01753 853 888

www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk                               

4 – 9 April                     Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon                                 020 8688 9291              

                                    www.fairfield.co.uk

11 – 16 April                  Festival Theatre, Malvern                                   01684 892277

www.malvern-theatres.co.uk                      

19 – 23 April                  Connaught Theatre, Worthing                             01903 206 206

www.worthingtheatres.co.uk                                  

26 April – 30 April          CAST Theatre, Doncaster                                   01302 303 959

                                    castindoncaster.com

16 – 21 May                  Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield                     01246 345 222

                                    chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk

31 May – 4 June            Birmingham Repertory Theatre                           0121 236 4455

www.birmingham-rep.co.uk                                    

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

www.newtheatreroyal.com     

21 – 25 June                 New Theatre, Cardiff                                          029 2087 8889              

                                    www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk                              on sale 11 January

28 June – 2 July            Exeter Northcott Theatre                                    01392 726363

www.exeternorthcott.co.uk                                     

25 July – 30 July           Richmond Theatre                                             0844 871 7651

www.atgtickets.com/venues/richmond-theatre     on sale 16 December                             

For more information on the play Shadowlands visit: http://www.shadowlandstour.com/ . 

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