Event Scheduled

The Lion in Winter

#6 The Lion In Winter
  • 12/07/2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 12/08/2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 12/09/2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 12/10/2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 12/11/2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 12/15/2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 12/16/2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 12/17/2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • 12/18/2022 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost: $15+,
CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: James Goldman’s play on the conflicts in the wedded union of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine opened in 1966 and was adapted two years later, by the author, into an acclaimed film starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. Goldman, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay, also wrote the scripts for Robin and Marian (1976) and White Nights (1985) as well as the libretto for Stephen Sondheim's stage musical Follies (1971). The Lion in Winter takes place over the course of one day at Christmastime in 1183; Henry, Eleanor, their three surviving sons and a houseguest - King Philip II of France - spar with one another in an engrossing account of power, rivalry, betrayal, and thwarted ambition. To further complicate matters, Philip's half-sister Alais, betrothed to one of the royal offspring, is having a fling with Henry. “Every family has its ups and downs,” Eleanor states laconically. The New York Times called the play “a work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill,” while the Los Angeles Times praised its “marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns."— KCM

From the venue:

Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – 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 and King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183.
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