Wimberley Players Present The Lion in Winter
James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter blasts onto the Wimberley Players stage Nov. 9 and runs through Dec. 2.
Director Milton Zoth
Assistant Director Rodger Marion
Executive Producer Adam Witko
Producer Karen Rudy
It’s Christmas 1183 and there is a major squall brewing in the Plantagenet family. The question on everybody’s mind is who will succeed King Henry II. Henry has declared that his youngest son John will occupy the throne while his imprisoned wife, Eleanor, wants their oldest son, Richard, to climb on. Henry has magnanimously paroled Eleanor for the day and she has plenty to say about the situation. Meanwhile, Henry has promised Prince Philip of France that his sister Alais will marry Richard, even though she is his own mistress. It’s one hot mess.
Henry continues to manipulate each son with the throne – even middle son Geoffrey, who has no promise of the crown, is not exempt. Queen Eleanor does the same, dangling twin carrots of fame and fortune in front of each one, pitting them against themselves. Does family loyalty have a chance?
Comedic for its outrageous machinations and tone, The Lion in Winter quickly became a classic. Written in 1966, it was adapted into a movie in 1968. Since then, it has seen many revivals, including a Broadway revival in 1999. Rosemary Harris won a Tony for her performance in the original stage show.
King Henry II is played by Danny Mosier and Queen Eleanor is played by Mary Jane Windle, both veterans of the Wimberley Players stage. Prince John is played by Justin Duggan, Prince Geoffrey is by Lucas McCutchen, and Richard Lionheart by Blake Latz. Alais is played by Elisabeth Raine and Prince Philip by James Lindsley.
The Lion in Winter is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 P.M. and Sundays at 2:30 P.M.
Reserved seating $22; Student tickets $18 with ID. (Prices include fees)
Photo #1: Danny Mosier as King Henry II and Mary Jane Windle as Eleanor of Aquitaine
Photo #2: Contenders and Pretenders: (standing L to R) Blake Latz as Richard Lionheart, Justin Duggan as John and (seated) Lucas McCutchen as Geoffrey
Photo#3: Prince Philip tries to convince his sister, Alais, who is also the King’s mistress, to marry Richard: James Lindsley as Prince Philip and Elisabeth Raine as Alais.
All Photos by Mary Rath.