The Lion in Winter

March 10 – March 27, 2011

Written by James Goldman

Directed by John O’Neill

Betrayal, treachery, and a knife fight: it’s just another normal Christmas celebration for the royal Plantagenet family of Britain. In The Lion in Winter, King Henry II throws a Christmas feast for the newly crowned King of France. Also in attendance for the holiday celebrations are Henry’s three plotting sons, each eager to take the throne, and Henry’s manipulative wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, newly released from house arrest (after raising an army against Henry). 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 “marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns, The Lion in Winter is a play that transcends the historical genre to become a bitingly hilarious family drama.


"For the Classic staging, O’Neill took some of hid Cues from the fact that playwright James Goldman described the piece as a comedy. And so, O’Neill said, ‘I’m calling it a comedy with dramatic relief. I want big emotions, big characters.’"

- Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News



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