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The Long Walk Back (l-r Scott Bayliss, M





Based on real life events, The Long Walk Back tells the epic story of an international sporting star’s catastrophic fall from grace.


England cricketing all-rounder Chris Lewis enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and fortune in the 1990s. Playing 85 Tests and One Day Internationals for England he was on the verge of greatness when named England’s International Cricketer of The Year in 1994.

Within months of his cricketing career ending, however, his life lay in ruins when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for smuggling cocaine into the UK.

Beginning with his arrest at Gatwick Airport in 2008 and an attempted suicide on his first night in custody, The Long Walk Back charts the extraordinary journey that took Lewis from the brink of despair to a profound moral awakening.


After each performance, there will be a post-show Q&A session with Chris Lewis, RoughHouse Theatre Director Shane Morgan and special guests announced closer to each performance.

Tues 2nd April - The Chipping Norton Theatre                          

01608 642350

Wed 3rd April - The Phoenix Theatre, Bordon                          

01420 472664

Thurs 4th April to Sat 6th April - Everyman Theatre Cheltenham                       

01242 572573


Wed 10th April - The Haymarket, Basingstoke                           

01256 844244

Sat 13th April - Royal & Derngate, Northampton                      

01604 624811

Sun 14th April - Dorchester Arts                                                   

01305 266926

Tues 16th & Weds 17th April - The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol                         

0117 902 0344     

Thurs 18th April - The Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham         

0121 212 2643

Fri 19th April - The Rondo Theatre, Bath                                  

0333 666 3366

Sat 20th April - Leicestershire County Cricket Club                 

0116 283 2128

Tues 23rd April - Nottingham Playhouse                                      

0115 941 9419

Wed 24th to Sat 27th April - Greenwich Theatre, London                            

020 8858 7755


The Long Walk Back Casting Announcement

Press for The Long Walk Back (Click on the mastheads for the full article)

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The Long Walk Back article in The Telegraph
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"a deeply insightful character study
that attempts to understand the psychology of a man who has reached the heights and plumbed the depths of life...this is a rewarding evening that delivers an important message about the consequences of crime"
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"taut, probing and beautifully structured...
a remarkable exploration of the pitfalls for those who become famous at a very young age, before their time comes to an abrupt, permanent end. It is also a rare and honest examination of mistakes, from small to very large, all made in the public gaze."
"...extraordinary riches-to-rags story told with unsparing The Long Walk Back shows, redemption is possible even in cases that seem hopeless."
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Writer: Dougie Blaxland

Director: Shane Morgan

Movement Director: Moira Hunt

Featuring original music by Owen Morgan

Cast: Scott Bayliss and Martin Edwards

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