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The Lion in Winter

Written by James Goldman
Directed by Jonathan Forrester
Produced by

dramatic comedy
November 30-December 2, 7-9, 14-16, 2018
9 performances

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

Synopsis Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.
Casting 5 males, 2 females
Auditions September 1 from 2 - 5 PM, September 2 from 2 - 5 PM
History The play premiered at the Ambassador Theatre on March 3, 1966. Rosemary Harris won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.

The play's Broadway revival in March 1999 starred Laurence Fishburne as Henry and Stockard Channing as Eleanor. Channing was nominated for a Tony award. It was produced again in 2002 by the Unseam'd Shakespeare Company. It was then revived in November 2011 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, starring Robert Lindsay as Henry, and Joanna Lumley as Eleanor, directed by Trevor Nunn.

The play then formed part of the Summer and Fall 2012 Seasons at the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse, presented in complementary repertory with William Shakespeare's King John.

It was again performed as part of Berkshire Theatre Group's 2013 season with Rhys Boatwright as Geoffrey.

A 2014 production by the Colony Theater Company in Burbank, California starred Mariette Hartley as Eleanore and Ian Buchanan as Henry.