If you are fortunate enough to find yourself in The Eagle and Child pub on Oxford's magnificent St Giles, and it's not too busy, you might be able to sniff out the plaque in the snug there that marks the place where the Inklings used to meet.
Chief among this group of University of Oxford-related writers and wordsmiths were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis who were, at more or less the same time, both producing works set in parallel fantasy worlds; one full of hairy-footed, ale-loving short people and lost jewellery and the other accessed through the back of a draughty wardrobe.
With Tolkien's (endless) hobbit songs and his runes and lamas bread, it is likely he smiled politely yet looked down on Lewis's comparatively simplistic fairy tales of evacuated children, fauns and speaking lions. Into a 21st century, both sagas have been given the full cinematic treatment with Tolkien's terrifying, eviscerating orcs at times begging a 15-rating (but not getting it). Meanwhile, the source material for the Chronicles of Narnia adaptations, and all versions of Lewis's classic tales, cannot help but be ageless, family fun.
The best-loved and most famous remains The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first of 'Jack' Lewis's seven tales in which Peter, Lucy, Edmund and Susan discover the wintry wonderland of Narnia at the back of a wardrobe full, curiously, of old coats. What follows is the now familiar story of valour, good versus evil and the courage to be found in a child's imagination.
The threesixty theatre company is bringing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to a spectacular theatre tent in London's Kensington Gardens from 8th May.
Previews last until 29th May, with the show running up to 9th September 2012. We have tickets available now, priced £25 to £60 for performances Monday to Friday and £29.50 to £65 for Saturday and Sunday shows. For the previews, kids go free (8th to 29th May inclusive).
A summer production of a cherished classic in the heart of London, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe promises to be a thrilling theatrical offering and is expected to sell quickly.
In your FACE, J.R.R. Tolkien, if that's even your name.