Tuesday, April 8, 2014


One-Man Show An Evening With C.S. Lewis Set For 
Final Stops in Lexington, Ky., and Roanoke, Va.
British actor David Payne portrays C.S. Lewis in his one-man show, "An Evening With C.S. Lewis," on Tuesday in Lexington, Ky., and on Wednesday in Roanoke, Va. (David Payne photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 7, 2014) -  Two dates remain on the U.S. tour featuring British actor David Payne, who travels the world with his one-man show titled An Evening With C.S Lewis, in which he portrays the legendary author, poet and Christian philosopher C.S. Lewis. The show will stop Tuesday, April 8, at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Ky., and Wednesday, April 9, at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va.

Payne, who has portrayed Lewis more than a thousand times for audiences all over the world, is renowned as the premier portrayer of the famed theologian. He is a favorite of The C.S. Lewis Foundation and regularly performs at its U.S. conferences and Oxbridge, the organization's worldwide tri-annual conference in England.

CCM Forever is presenting Payne's tour, which has already enjoyed successful dates in Athens, Ga., Dothan, Ala., Chattanooga, Tenn. and Macon, Ga. 
Ticket prices in all markets are $20 (Economy), $30 (Premium) and $40 (VIP seating plus Meet & Greet with Payne) plus taxes and service fees. Show times in each market will be 7 p.m.

"I am honored to return to the U.S. in my role of C.S. Lewis to bring An Evening With C.S. Lewis to audiences of all ages," says Payne. "Mr. Lewis has influenced several generations with his writings and theology and I am humbled to portray this amazing man."

Lewis, poet and author of The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity, is considered by many to be one of the literary giants of the 20th century.

Payne stumbled into his role as C.S. Lewis when he read an advertisement that said, "Auditions for Shadowlands. British accents a help!" in 1996 for a theatrical production to be staged at Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Payne, who had never been onstage before, decided to audition in hopes of landing a minor part. He surprised everyone--including himself--when he won the lead role. The rest, as they say, is history and a successful acting career had been launched.

Payne has played Lewis in a number of productions of Shadowlands, in his self-penned Weep for Joy and St. Jack and the Dragon stage productions, and in more than 500 presentations of An Evening With C.S. Lewis. He has had many voiceover commissions and narrated the entire Bible for the audio version of the new Holman Christian Standard Bible

For more information about Payne, visit davidpaynedrama.com.
About CCM Forever: 
Christian Artists Group, with various divisions, including CCM Forever and Classic 
Christian Artists (CCA) Magazine, is an organization that promotes all kinds of Christian entertainment, including Contemporary Christian artists from the 80s and 90s whose ministries still continue today. A number of CCM Forever productions currently are touring throughout the U.S., including the God of All Glory Tour with Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Twila Paris and Wayne Watson, and An Evening With C.S. Lewis starring David Payne. For more information, visit ccmforever.com.

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