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The Lion in Winter

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Betrayal, treachery, and a knife fight are all a part of an elaborate plan by King Henry II in The Darlington Theatre Players next production of The Lion in Winter Directed by Lynne Devenish.

The Lion in Winter is a 1966 play by James Goldman depicting the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England. It premiered on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on March 3, 1966, starring Robert Preston and Rosemary Harris, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Eleanor. It was adapted by Goldman into an Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn. The play has been produced numerous times, including Broadway and West End revivals.  

It’s just another traditional Christmas celebration for the royal Plantagenet family of Britain. 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.  

The Lion in Winter plays at 7:30 pm June 29, 30, July 4, 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14 with 2 pm matinees June 1 and 8. Tickets are $22, $20 concession, $18 members - book on 6270 1465 or at www.trybooking.com/VFFY  

Marloo Theatre is at 20 Marloo Road, Greenmount (off Innamincka Road).

When?

Friday, June 29 – Saturday, July 14

Where?

Marloo Theatre
20 Marloo Road
Greenmount, Western Australia

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