is a play by William Nicholson, first shown as a television
play in 1985
, starring Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom. The story is a fictionalized account of part of the life of writer C. S. Lewis
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The story follows Lewis as he meets an American fan, Joy Gresham, whom he befriends and eventually marries. The story also deals with his struggle with issues of personal pain and grief, as Joy becomes afflicted with cancer and eventually dies. Lewis finds that the simple answers he had preached no longer apply when it is his own loved one who is suffering.
The play was first performed on stage in the West End in 1990. Lewis was played on stage by Nigel Hawthorne, who successfully took the role to Broadway, and Joy was played by Jane Lapotaire.
A film version was released in 1993; it had a screenplay by Nicholson, and was directed by Richard Attenborough. Lewis was played by Anthony Hopkins and Joy by Debra Winger.
- Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore. Only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I've been given the choice; as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, man chooses suffering. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That's the deal.
The play should not be confused with Shadowland, a horror novel by Peter Straub.