An Evening with C.S. Lewis

Please see the information below about a theatrical production coming to Bristol on November 3rd about the beloved author C.S. Lewis. The show starts at 7:30pm.  There will be a special for students to buy one, get one free for the ticket prices of $39 and $44. We also have a ticket for $29.

This truly is a wonderful experience with insight into the life of the famed Chronicles of Narnia author.



An Evening with CS Lewis at the Paramount Center for the Arts


CS Lewis, a man whose writings have established him as one of the most influential authors of his day has been dead for over 40 years, yet almost all of the British author’s books are still in print and still enjoying considerable success.  On Sunday evening, November 3 at 7:30 PM the Paramount Center for the Arts will play host to “An Evening with CS Lewis.”  The show has proved to be an enthralling theatrical experience for thousands who have attended its performances and is a fascinating and riveting insight into the life of a man whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th century.

British actor, David Payne, has gained a considerable reputation for his portrayals of the famous author CS Lewis.  He has played Lewis in a number of productions of Shadowlands, in his self-pinned Weep for Joy and in numerous presentations of his much acclaimed one-man show An Evening with CS Lewis.  Payne, who lives in the UK, is touring the United States with the show and will be stopping in Bristol for one performance only.  “Tickets are expected to go fast for this unique event.  We were very excited about bringing this level of performance to the area.  All the reviews are just astounding,” said Darlene Cole, Manager of the city’s venues.

Lewis, best known for his classic children’s series – The Chronicles of Narnia first launched in 1950 with the publication of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, all seven books remain among today’s favorite children’s novels; three of which have been turned into block buster movies.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 25 at the Paramount Center for the Arts (423)274-8920 and at Viking Hall Civic Center (423)764-0188 or online at

For more information contact Darlene Cole, Venue Manager at 423-764-4171 or



What do the press say about An Evening with CS Lewis?

South Florida Insider Entertainment Review

Review of the show at the Kravis Center (West Palm Beach) by Ian Charles

One of the greatest and most beloved authors of all-time came back to life and we were ushered into that life for An Evening with CS Lewis.

On February 19th, the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center was the perfect location for An Evening with CS Lewis. A packed, sold out crowd was eager to transcend back to England in 1963 and have a wonderful, intimate viewing of the legendary life of one CS Lewis; played by the extremely talented, David Payne.
For David Payne, it was a complete mastery of his theatrical gifts, but for us there was no acting. We only saw the genuine representation of CS Lewis or as friends called him; Jack. Payne’s delivery, subtle movements, expressions and his uncanny ability to speak directly to you and stir you up in your seat kept you riveted and vastly entertained.

This show was not a boring memoir of his life, but the telling was so rich in detail that you lost your bearings and experienced what he experienced. The greatest of which were the complexity of his relationships.

CS Lewis’s life focused on three main relationships, the first being God, who was the centerpiece of his theology and writings. Other close relationships were with his brother Warren Lewis, or Warney or B.P.B. as Jack (CS) called him. David Payne was like an architect of hilarity with perfect timing on every side-splitting one-liners. An example was his delivery of a CS Lewis quote after he had experienced a heart attack which said, “if you look upon ham and eggs and lust, you have already committed breakfast in your heart.”

The other focus was with his wife Joy Gresham, who you really felt and sympathized with through the telling by David Payne. I also loved the story of Jack (CS Lewis) and Tollers (J. R. R. Tolkien) in Oxford, who disliked the Chronicles of Narnia and told Jack not to send it to a publisher and yet CS Lewis was one of the biggest fans of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings story.

Every story and every detail was never lost or changed as David Payne took it on as a consummate professional with deliberate care and purpose. He even did a spot-on impression of Winston Churchill that was as stunning as it was hysterical.

I had such a magnificent time in such a wonderful place and I can’t wait to see what comes next. For as CS Lewis himself said; “In this new story, every chapter is even better then the next.”

With thanks to the South Florida Insider



Lisa Beckner Odum

Office Manager

City of Bristol TN

Dept of Community Relations

Viking Hall Civic Center


423-764-9714 (Fax)