The Screwtape Letters

A masterpiece of satire, C.S. Lewis’ classic novel has entertained and enlightened readers worldwide with its sly and ironic portrayal of human foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed tempter in Lucifer’s service.

Set in an eerily stylish office in Hell, Screwtape schemes meticulously with his novice demon nephew, Wormwood, who has been put in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man on earth. Wildly comic, deadly serious and strikingly original this stage adaptation has toured nationally and internationally, run over 300 performances at New York’s Westside Theatre and has been seen by more than 500,000 people.

Most Recent Production:
London 2016-17. Check back for information regarding future productions.

Run time:
90 minutes; no intermission.

  • “WICKEDLY WITTY … it is, if I may say so, ONE HELL OF A GOOD SHOW! Lewis’ topsy-turvy exercises in inverted moral theology were made to be played with lip-smacking relish!”

    The Wall Street Journal

    “A HUMOROUS and LIVELY stage adaptation … THE DEVIL HAS RARELY BEEN GIVEN HIS DUE MORE PERCEPTIVELY AND ERUDITELY … clever and satirical … A large part of what makes it successful is the energetic performance by Max McLean as Screwtape.”

    The New York Times

    “VERY SMART … Richly rewarding … EXUBERANT THEATRICALITY…McLean let’s It rip!”

    Chicago Tribune
  • “ENGROSSING and ENTERTAINING … largely due to McLean’s SILKY, VIPERISH PERFORMANCE as His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape … loaded with alternately clever and ham-handed commentary on human foibles.”

    The Boston Globe

    “A parable dipped in MORDANT IRONY … CAPTURES THE DROLL HUMOR with which Lewis constructed his topsy-turvy morality lesson. CLEVERLY IMAGINED FOR THE STAGE, it gives even nonbelievers an amusing primer of modern vice.”

    The New Yorker

    “SLY, FUNNY, handsomely produced … the Devil is an EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY ENTERTAINER.”

    The Washington Post
  • “ENTERTAINING AS IT IS THOUGHT-PROVOKING … McLean delivers a commanding performance!”

    New York Post

    “HYSTERICAL AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING … appealing to believers and nonbelievers equally, perhaps because [Lewis] is able to put himself in the place of each. Screwtape appeals not merely for its intellectually supported Christianity, but for its dark humor.”

    Orlando Weekly

    “DEVILISHLY FUNNY … Lewis’ philosophical insights into human nature are cleverly conveyed!”

    Associated Press
  • “The production with its IMAGINATIVE set and SNAZZY lighting effects is HIGHLY SEDUCTIVE!”

    New York Daily News

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Cast & Creative

Max McLean
Karen Eleanor Wight
C.S. Lewis
Director, Adaptor
Max McLean
Jeffrey Fiske
Scenic Design
Cameron Anderson
Costume Design
Michael Bevins
Lighting Design
Jesse Klug
Composer/sound Design
John Gromada
Marketing Director
Carol Chiavetta
The Pekoe Group
Press Relations
Matt Ross Public Relations
General Management
Aruba Productions
Production Supervisor
Lew Mead
Casting Director
Carol Hanzel
Executive Producer
Ken Denison