A drama about life and loss, but ultimately, love comes to Bury St Edmunds

Amanda Ryan and Stephen Boxer star in Shadowlands

Amanda Ryan and Stephen Boxer star in Shadowlands

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Shadowlands, the beautiful and moving story about the life of The Chronicles of Narnia writer CS Lewis, is being staged at The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds from July 11 to 16.

Happily living as a distinguished, academic bachelor in Oxford, life is comfortable and certain.

But then the unexpected happens – he falls in love with American poet Joy Davidson.

Davidson, the outspoken New Yorker, initially disrupts Lewis’ quiet life but over time their feelings for one another develop into a deep connection and love.

It doesn’t take long before this mismatched couple irk many of the rigid sensibilities of Oxford University.

But in a tragic turn of events Lewis’ Christian faith is deeply tested.

Starring Stephen Boxer (Humans, The Iron Lady, Doctors) Amanda Ryan (The Forsyte Saga and Shamleess) and Denis Lill (Only Fools and Horses) this West End and Broadway hit is both a tender and tragic tale that promises to be both emotional and uplifting.

The play is brought to the stage by the critically acclaimed touring productions of Birdsong and Flare Path, in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

It is directed by Alastair Whatley, who most recently appeared in the Theatre Royal’s production of Invincible.

For tickets call the box office on 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.