Tolkien and Lewis - The Last Goodbye. David Payne (An Evening with CS Lewis) returns with his new drama featuring the very last encounter between two giants of literature. Set in Oxford’s celebrated Eagle & Child pub (where the two met many times over their 30 year friendship), the play focuses on an encounter that takes place following Lewis’s recent heart attack. Tolkien, who suggested the meeting, is acutely aware that there may not be many more opportunities for these lifelong friends to get together. reconciliation. Above all, this is a celebration of a friendship that did much to help them become two of the most successful authors of the 20th Century.