Based on the true life story of England Cricketing star Chris Lewis, the Long Walk Back is a stirring drama about a sporting icon’s incredible journey, writes Laura Burgoine…

Months after retiring from a career where he was named England International Cricketer of the Year, Chris was arrested for smuggling cocaine and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Covering his stratospheric rise to fame and subsequent struggle with being incarcerated, the play is touring all over the UK throughout April. Directed by Dougie Blaxland, the production includes a post-show Q&A with Chris Lewis and RoughHouse Theatre Director, Shane Morgan.

England 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 seemed on the verge of greatness when he was 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.

The lead role of Chris Lewis will be played by Martin Edwards who has worked extensively in theatre and film. He is supported by Scott Bayliss who plays the enigmatic part of The Other Man. Scott, who is Bristol born, was a member of the 2014/2015 Made in Bristol programme produced in association with Bristol Old Vic.

The Long Walk Back is running from April 24-27 at Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES. Admission: £10-£25.