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THE LION IN WINTER

By James Goldman

 

 

 Historical Comedy Drama  , 2 Acts .

2 1/2 hours (including intermission)  Suggested for Mature Audiences.

Sexual Situations ,Language,Violence

 

Set during Christmas 1183 at Henry II of England's castle in ChinonAnjouAngevin Empire,

the play opens with the arrival of Henry's wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he has had imprisoned since 1173. The story concerns the gamesmanship between Henry, Eleanor, their three surviving sons RichardGeoffrey, and John, and their Christmas Court guest, the King of FrancePhilip II Augustus, who was the son of Eleanor's ex-husband, Louis VII of France (by his third wife, Adelaide). Also involved is Philip's half-sister Alais 

(by Louis VII's second wife Constance), who has been at court since she was betrothed to Richard at age eight, but has since become Henry's mistress.

  • HENRY  II, KING OF ENGLAND (Male, 50)

  • QUEEN ELEANOR (Female, 61) 

  • JOHN (Male, 16) - later KING JOHN OF ENGLAND

  • GEOFFREY (Male, 25)

  • RICHARD (Male, 26) –later  RICHARD THE LIONHEART 

  • ALAIS CAPET (Female, 23) 

  • PHILLIP II, KING OF FRANCE (Male, 18) 

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