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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999

Lamb's Players Theatre: Till we Have Faces Drama Original Article

Till We Have Faces received an overwhelming response as a workshopproduction at the 1998 C. S. Lewis Centennial Celebration in Cambridge.
That encouraged Lamb’s Players to mount it as a full production in its 1999
season, from 13 August to 19 September. The stage adaptation used a cast of
12 and a vivid and physical theatricality to bring the haunting tale to
life.

Celebrating its 28th year, Lamb’s Players is San Diego’s third largest
theatre company and maintains the region’s only year round acting company.
The non-profit company’s resident theatre is located in the historic
Spreckels Building in the charming seaside community of Coronado, just
south of San Diego. It also mounts productions throughout the year at the
Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza, The California Center for the Arts in,
Escondido, the Playhouse On Plaza in National City and each December at the
Hotel del Coronado. Lamb’s Players Educational Outreach is the largest in
the county, reaching over 60,000 students each year.

It is obvious that Lamb’s Players could not perform Till We Have Faces
without permission from copyright owner C S Lewis Pte; fortunately,
permission was granted. Twenty years ago, Lamb’s Players was not so lucky.
The group had assumed that copyright to The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe was owned by Christians operating in the spirit of C. S. Lewis.
Thus they invested months in preparing a wonderful stage version and
advertising it before they approached C S Lewis Pte for approval. To their
dismay and grief, they were ordered not to perform it. Preview audiences
had raved about it, and ticket holders as well as cast were crushed about
the cancellation. Lamb’s Players never went public about the unexpected
refusal.

As one might suspect from its name, this theater group began as a Christian
ministry and is still a public-spirited nonsectarian ministry. For
interesting information, see http://www.lambsplayers.org/Pages/home.html,
the Lamb’s Players website