An Evening with C.S. Lewis


This one-man dramatic performance has been met with rave reviews around the world. Enter into the life of C.S. Lewis through the writings, humor, and poignant life of faith of the 20th century's greatest Christian apologist. On stage David Payne looks uncannily like C.S. Lewis, and has portrayed the famous author in a number of Shadowlands productions. In his show, Payne, as Lewis, talks about his relationship with key individuals in his life: his wife (Joy), his brother (Warren), his Oxford colleague, J.R.R. Tolkien, and, of course, God.


"An Evening with C.S. Lewis" has proved again and again to be an enthralling theatrical experience, and one which has led many thousands to discover (or rediscover) the continuing impact of a man died over 50 years ago and whose collected works made him one of literary giants of the 20th century.

David Payne, London-born was living in Nashville, TN with his wife in 1996 when he spotted a Tennessee Performing Arts Center ad that asked for auditions for Shadowlands, “British accents a help.” He had the accent, but little stage experience. “I thought I might land a small role because of my accent,” Payne said, but instead he won the lead role of Lewis. 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. Yet it is his portrayal of Lewis in “An Evening with C.S. Lewis” that has won him many accolades and thrilled the many thousands that have attended over 500 performances. Payne, who lives in the UK, continues to tour throughout the United States. Off the road he is either writing or filming. He is widowed with two sons and three grandchildren.

Date: This event was held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at  7:30-9:30 PM

Location: Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church | 3901 Gallows Road | Annandale, VA 22203



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