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Starring (in alphabetical order):
Arthur Hanket as Alan Gregg, Doctor, Registrar
Harriet Harris as Joy Gresham
Nicholas Hormann as Harry Harrington
Martin Jarvis as C.S. Lewis
Christopher Neame as Christopher Riley, Priest
Kenneth Schmidt as Douglas
W. Morgan Sheppard as Major Warnie Lewis
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Simply wonderful in every way.
If you could sum up Shadowlands (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?
A beautiful, tragic, stirring, powerful story performed flawlessly. The cast truly brought this incredible story to life in a way I never imagined. So glad I found this!
What does Full Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The delivery is perfect--so much life. So much joy in the midst of a heartbreaking time.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
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- birdwatchers rule
Witty, fast moving, poignant, and splendidly acted!
This live recording of William Nicholson’s play is far more moving— and funny!—than either of the movie versions I have on DVD. I have read many biographies of CS Lewis, and this play, although it creates a couple of composite characters, is truer to the picture I have learned to make of C S Lewis and Joy. Martin Jarvis and Harriet Harris truly are splendid.
- D. Martin
I don't get it
It being why this play gets such great reviews. It's not bad, but among the LATheatreworks productions, it's far from my favorite.
CS Lewis, after being the author of Narnia, is best known for his Christian apologetics. Specifically, he's known as "the apostle to the skpetics" because his work reached out directly to modern skeptical audiences. Real religious scholars though, it's my understanding, tend to dismiss Lewis' religious writings as unoriginal and dull.
As a skeptic who's read a few of Lewis' shorter pieces on Christianity and generally found them, well, unoriginal and dull, but who has skeptic friends who have found Lewis' works absolutely captivating, I was hoping this play might finally explain to me what it is others see in the guy. Well, not so much.
I tend to think the appeal of Lewis is that he delivers the same old banal answers in a high-falutin English accent (and, in print, tone), which makes people feel safe and smart endorsing ideas they'd be embarrassed accepting if they came out of the mouth of a Southern born-again preacher. This play did not shake that conviction. At it's core, it's a pretty standard romance between Lewis and an American woman, Joy, who begins corresponding with him about his religious writing, and then visits England to meet him. There's a forbidden-love angle coming out of the fact that she's divorced, and so his religious beliefs at first preclude him from courting her despite their deep attraction; and a doomed-love angle coming out of her eventual battle with cancer.
The appeal, I think, is that here's this deeply religious man, who must overcome his religious convictions to be with the woman he loves and connected with first over religion. We're supposed to be moved by a deep personal struggle to overcome, even if it's actually just overcoming self-imposed limitations which, by virtue of their being overcome, are thereby rendered somewhat meaningless since they were self-imposed in the first place. The play considers the connection between religion and romantic love, but frankly doesn't consider it very deeply. The whole why-does-god-allow-suffering-in-the-world question is something of a leitmotif, but unless you're swayed by Lewis' argument that we would not be worthy of god's love if not for our struggles with grief, it doesn't really lead anywhere.
But hey, clearly some people are deeply touched by this play, as by Lewis' writings. You might be one of them. But I feel like someone needs to be the apostle to the bored, and why not me: if the story of CS Lewis leaves you unmoved, you're not alone. And anyway, don't despair: there's always the Narnia books to entertain you.
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A witty and moving performance. Excellent cast who support the plays unsentimental but yet powerful displays of love and loss. A play, though, more about how in the face of the inevitable to remain undaunted and unwavering even though the forthcoming pain will be suffocating.
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- Elaine Hourd
beautifully performed and very moving
Having always loved the film starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger I just had to listen to this. I was not disappointed - it was beautifully performed. All the players were good and the story is just so moving and sad but so true to a life with grief over the loss of a loved one. No one was 'overdoing' the emotions which was indicative of the times.
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- Tony Rawlinson
Superb, faithful adaptation, as is everything with the incomparable Martin Jarvis, King of the Airwaves!