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The Lion in Winter - February 2005

It is Christmas 1183 and Henry II has summoned his sons Richard, Geoffrey & John to join him and his scheming but imprisoned wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine to Chinon Castle where he hopes to name his successor.

The Lion in Winter - King Henry II and Princess Alais

Also present are his mistress, Princess Alais, and her crafty brother King Philip of France.

The Lion in Winter - Richard, Queen Eleanor and Geoffrey

Each of the sons has some flaws that make the decision difficult but with Henry and Eleanor having spent their lives fighting for position and with the fate of Henry's empire at stake, everybody engages in their own brand of deception and treachery to stake their claim. This is going to be a very lively Yuletide!

The Lion in Winter - King Henry II, Queen Eleanor, Prince John, Princess Alais, King Phillip, Geoffrey and Richard

King Henry IIIan Guy
Princess Alais ................. Rachel Brown
Richard, the oldest son ................. Doug Thomson
Geoffrey, the middle son ................. Edward Heeley
John, the youngest son ................. Matthew Semple
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine ................. Stephanie Gray
King Philip of France ................. Martin Mackin
Directed by ................. Malcolme Littler