They were lions of 20th century British fantasy, giants of a literary genre that reached millions of readers, young and old alike, with mystifying adventures to entertain and deep truths to move people’s hearts. C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) were also distinguished faculty members at Oxford University and participants in a literary group known as The Inklings.

Their robust philosophical discourse served an uncommon friendship that was not without its differences. Life’s circumstances and sometimes unresolved disagreements forced an uncomfortable season of estrangement.

In Wardrobes and Rings we join “Jack” and “Tollers,” as they knew each other, at Oxford’s historic Eagle and Child pub for one last visit, tempered by thawing humor, confession and reconciliation.

Remarkable lives. Memorable theatre.       

Characters: J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis & Hattie the Barmaid


British Actor David Payne has built a considerable reputation portraying the famous author C.S. Lewis in a number of theatrical productions, including Shadowlands, along with his self penned Weep for JoySt Jack & The Dragon and An Evening with C.S. LewisOf Wardrobes & Rings is his latest offering and once again, he plays the man who became a legend in his own lifetime in this encounter with another legend, J.R.R. Tolkien. A year in the writing, the play was premiered at the Gallo Center, Modesto, California to rapturous audience acclaim and is to be featured at the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016.   


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