An Evening with C.S. Lewis

An Evening with C.S. Lewis

Critically-acclaimed actor David Payne will bring C.S. Lewis to life on April 7, 2016 at 7:30 PM at the Ware Center. This show sold out in 2012 and is a tour-de-force for this remarkable actor. The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince Street.


Seated in his living room, in 1963, Lewis recalls the people and events that helped shape his life and inspire his work.

“Jack,” as Lewis was known to his friends, died over 50 years ago yet most of his books continue to enjoy considerable success, especially his beloved Chronicles of Narnia children’s series. Despite becoming a legend in his own lifetime, he lived a simple life in a modest home on the outskirts of Oxford, England. A tutor at Magdalene College Oxford and later Professor of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge, Lewis wrote his books in his “spare time.” The sheer volume and quality of his output over such a wide range of subjects revealed a man of broad and immense intellectual standing.

Come and learn more about the man himself – from childhood to adulthood and in between, and find out what inspired him to write the magnitude of scholarly, theological, and fiction work that he did.


Dr. Timothy Shea and Dr. Timothy Miller of the English Department at Millersville University will give a pre-show scholar talk on the life and works of C.S Lewis. Seating for talks are first come, first served. The pre-talk is 20 minutes and starts at 6:45 pm or when the room is at capacity, whichever occurs first.
Dr. Timothy Shea is an Associate Professor of English at Millersville University where he obtained his Masters, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His specializations include English education, writing pedagogy, composition Studies, nonfiction film and composition, and film literacy.
Dr. Timothy Miller is an English Professor at Millersville University. Dr. Miller served in the United States Army as Special Troops, Second Infantry Division, and received his PH.D from State University of New York at Binghamton.  His course teachings are specialized in Milton, 16th and 17th century British, literature, science fiction, and business and technical writing.


At 55, David Payne attended an audition at Nashville’s prestigious Tennessee Performing Arts Center in the hopes of landing a small part in a play about C.S. Lewis and his American wife. With his authentic British accent he nailed the audition and got the part.

Since those early performances in 1996, Payne, who on stage uncannily looks like Lewis, has since played the famous author in a number of Shadowland productions. But it is his portrayal of Lewis in An Evening with C.S. Lewis that has won him many accolades and thrilled the many, many thousands that have attended over 500 performances.

Payne first encountered Lewis on his 17th birthday when a friend gave him a copy of The Screwtape Letters. Little did he realize that 45 years later the book would inspire him to write his first stage musical, Target Practice. Since then, Payne has written two Lewis-based stage plays, Weep for Joy and St. Jack & the Dragon.

Payne, who lives in the UK, continues to tour throughout the US. Off the road he is either writing or filming. He is married with two sons and three grandchildren.


Tickets are reserved seating: $18 Adult | $15 Senior | $5 Student •