Past Production
The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter. by James Goldman. Director Ed Cotter. Producer Jim Crawford and Karintha Touton . July 11 – August 16, 2008
If the British tabloids had been around in 1183, they would have printed scorching, scandalous front page stories about the royals of the time - namely King Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons, the Plantagenet Princes ... to say nothing of the handsome young King of France who spent a hot Christmas weekend at their castle at Chinon.

Such plotting, treachery, sex and laughs ... don't miss it!

The Lion in Winter takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day of the year 1183 in the castle of King Henry II of England, located in Chinon, in the English-ruled region of France. The play explores the interpersonal dynamics and political wrangling of King Henry; his wife Eleanor, whom he has kept imprisoned in a tower for the past ten years; and their three sons, who are vying for the privilege of being named heir to the English throne. Eleanor, who has been let out of prison to celebrate Christmas with her family, favors Richard as heir, while Henry favors John. To complicate matters, the young King Philip II of France has arrived to remind Henry of a treaty he signed many years earlier, promising to marry his heir to Philip’s sister Alais. However, Alais has been Henry’s mistress for the past seven years, and Henry is hesitant to marry her off to any of his sons.
Character

CAST

Played by
Henry II, the King of England ············ Don Schlossman
Eleanor of Aquitaine ············ Susan Gordon
Richard the Lionheart ············ Scott Mikels
Geoffrey ············ Olev Aleksander
John ············ Andy Abbott
Alais, a French Princess ············ Merideth M. Sweeney
Philip, the King of France ············ Brett Erickson

CAST PICTURES

Susan Gordon as Eleanor of Aquitaine and
Don Schlossman as Henry II
Photos by Liz Reinhardt

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