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The Lion in Winter – Opening night
July 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Lion in Winter
Director: David Austin
Betrayal, treachery, and a sword fight: it’s just another normal Christmas celebration for the royal Plantagenet family of Britain.
King Henry II throws a Christmas feast for the newly crowned King of France, Phillip II. Also in attendance for the holiday celebrations are Henry’s three plotting sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, each eager to take the throne. Henry’s manipulative wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, newly released from house arrest after raising an army against Henry and, Alas, Phillip’s half-sister who is betrothed to Richard but has become Henry’s concubine are also in attendance. Every family has its up and downs!
Even though they need to appear a happy family for the King of France, this doesn’t stop each Plantagenet from secretly plotting to take the others down. While the three sons backstab and squabble to take their place in history, Eleanor and Henry use their offspring as pawns against each other in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
Told in marvellously articulate language, with humour that bristles and burns, The Lion in Winter is a play that transcends the historical genre to become a bitingly hilarious family drama.
Rated M: Adult themes