The Lion in Winter
Audition time
Friday 2 June, 7.30pm
Rugby Theatre, Central Hall
Show dates
12 - 16 Dec 2017
Show dates

Christmas 1183 -- an ageing and conniving King Henry II plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor. He summons the following people for the holiday: his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons (Richard, Geoffrey, and John), all of whom desire the throne; and the young but crafty King Philip of France (who is also Alais' brother).

With the fate of Henry's empire at stake, everybody engages in their own brand of deception and treachery to stake their claim

A play billed as a comedy but is more a play with plenty of ironic humour in it as well as high drama


Cast required and playing ages :

Henry 11 - Aged 50 - An ageing but still very potent force.

Eleanor of Aquitaine - Aged 61 - A striking still beautiful woman of massive self confidence and charisma.

Alais - Aged 23 - French princess ( the pawn in the piece),Mistress of Henry and supposed future bride of either Richard or John.

Richard - Aged 26 - Oldest surviving soldier son. Later Richard 1st of Crusades fame. Favourite of Eleanor to be next King.

Geoffrey - Aged 25 - The middle son. Embittered because he is overlooked by both parents.

John - Aged 16 - ( later King John). Favourite of Henry to be king . Loutish, boorish and slovenly.

Philip - Aged 17 - King of France. Brother of Alais.

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Venue: Rugby Theatre, Central Hall
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