Full Length Play
Christmas/Holiday, Period, Docudrama/Historic
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Medieval (6th-14th c.)
Settings Of Play - Christmas, 1183. Henry's Castle at Chinon, France.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
From Broadway, From West End
Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – 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, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.
"A work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill." - The New York Times
"Marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns" – The Los Angeles Times
The Lion in Winter was first presented at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City on March 3, 1966. Directed by Noel Willman.