Shadowlands tour crosses its finish line in Doncaster - on same day as Tour De Yorkshire

Shannon Rewcroft
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From ‘Oxford’ to Doncaster - the touching drama Shadowlands has wheeled its way into the town, just in time to greet the Tour De Yorkshire this weekend.

The Shadowlands UK tour arrived in the region on Tuesday and will finish in Doncaster on Saturday - the same day that the Tour crosses the finish line in the town.

“The show is set in Oxford, so of course every one rides a bike, which seems particularly fitting in South Yorkshire this weekend!” said the show’s marketing manager Jenny Crowder.

Shadowlands is a powerful story that tackles universal questions of love and faith. A West End and Broadway triumph, Shadowlands is the love story of C.S. Lewis - Oxford don and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters - and American poet Joy Davidman.

The touching play poses classic questions about religion, pain and love, from childhood innocence to the beautiful wonder of late-flowering love. 

Shadowlands won the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Play in 1990 and playwright William Nicholson was nominated for a Tony Award when it transferred to Broadway.

A meeting of two very different minds slowly develops into a moving love affair. Lewis finds his quiet life with his brother Warnie disrupted by the outspoken, feisty Davidman, whose uninhibited behaviour offers a sharp contrast to the rigid sensibilities of the male-dominated university. Each provides the other with new ways of viewing the world, but Lewis’s faith is tested when Joy is diagnosed with cancer.

The acclaimed cast of Shadowlands includes Stephen Boxer (Humans, The Iron Lady, Doctors) as C.S. Lewis, Denis Lill (The Royal, Only Fools and Horses, Rumpole of the Bailey) as Major W.H. Lewis ‘Warnie’ and Amanda Ryan (The Forsyte Saga, Shameless) as Joy Davidman. Shadowlands is produced by Birdsong Productions, who return to Cast following the critically acclaimed touring productions of Birdsong and Flare Path, in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

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