Please note bags larger than 12" x 9" x 3" are not permitted into the theater.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Instagram Tik Tok
Skip Navigation Links

Press Release

< Back to Press

C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In is Coming to Grand Rapids in a Dazzling, New Show

Tickets for the June 24 Show at DeVos Performance Hall On Sale Fri. March 31 at 10AM

From Fellowship for Performing Arts, the producers of The Screwtape Letters, and starring award-winning actor Max McLean, comes a dazzling, new, theatrical experience that will take you Further Up & Further In the heart and mind of C.S. Lewis.

C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In plays at DeVos Performance Hall on Saturday, June 24, at 4PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 31 at 10AM at

McLean’s tour de force performance captures Lewis’ magnetic personality, astonishing eloquence and self-deprecating wit to create an onstage experience venturing deep into the soul of one of the most influential thinkers of the past century.

“When Lewis moved from vigorous debunker to believer, it wasn’t obvious he would become the most influential Christian writer of the past hundred years,” said McLean, who also wrote the script.

So, using Lewis’ own words, this multimedia, theatrical event explores:

  • What convinced Lewis of the divinity of Christ.  
  • Why the BBC gave him a huge audience to deliver wartime talks that would become Mere Christianity. 
  • How Hitler influenced the writing of The Screwtape Letters.
  • How his profound insights on prayer, heaven and the Second Coming of Christ influenced The Chronicles of Narnia.

Audience reaction has been overwhelmingly positive – “I felt like I was in the room with Lewis.” “Made me understand Lewis better.” “Incredibly powerful!” “A fabulous production! Inspiring and memorable!”

The award-winning creative team includes Kelly Tighe, set design (National Tour, Cats), John Gromada, original score (Broadway, Tony Nomination, The Trip to Bountiful), Harry Feiner’s visual imagery (Off Broadway, Paradise Lost) and Geoffrey Fishburn’s lighting (Off Broadway, Martin Luther on Trial), all under the direction of Ken Denison (The Lion King, associate producer).

Visit for tickets and additional stops in the C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In 2023 tour.

Founded by Artistic Director Max McLean, Fellowship for Performing Arts is a New York City-based production company whose mission is to create theatre and film from a Christian worldview to engage a diverse audience. In addition to annual seasons at Theatre Row in New York City, it produces coast-to-coast tours in both major performing arts venues and university theatres. McLean is the 2022 recipient of the C.S. Lewis Foundation Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions in Faith and Dramatic Arts.

FPA also produced the hit film The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis, which is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, PureFlix and YouTube, as well as to purchase on DVD and Blu-ray.

For more information visit,

Show:C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In
Date: Saturday, June 24, at 4PM
Ticket Prices:  $49-$99
All tickets are subject to service fees and handling charges. No refunds or exchanges.

Ways to Purchase:
DeVos Place Box Office: 303 Monroe Ave. NW
Hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Box office hours are subject to change.

Ways to Save: 
$30 under 30 – Purchase at Box Office. Under 30 years old. ID required. Limited supply. Act Fast! 
SAVE MORE! For groups of 10 or more. Email

Produced by Fellowship for Performing Arts
630 9th Avenue, Suite 1409, New York NY 10036

Written and performed by Max McLean
Directed by Ken Denison
Ken Denison, Executive Producer
Kelly James Tighe, Scenic Design
Michael Bevins, Costume Design
Geoffrey D. Fishburn, Lighting Design
John Gromada, Original Music & Sound Design
Harry Feiner, Projections Design
Matt Deinhart, Associate Projections Design
Sandra Drewes, Lighting Programmer
Sofia Claudino, Projections Assistant
Bradley Gowers, Associate Sound
Lew Mead, Production Supervisor and Stage Manager
Aruba Productions, General Management

For high-resolution photography or to request an interview with Max McLean,
please contact Jessica Isenhour at 239-784-5011.

About ASM Global:
Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall are managed by ASM Global. ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management—delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 350 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

C.S. Lewis On Stage: Further Up & Further In is Coming to Grand Rapids in a Dazzling, New Show
Back to