The Lion In Winter

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.


Alais Capet, a French Princess – Cherry VanKirk

Henry II, King of England – Kenneth V. Benson

Prince John, the youngest son – Richard Demeuse

Prince Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, the middle son – Ralph VanKirk

Prince Richard, the Lion Hearted, the oldest son – Thomas Zientek

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry’s wife – Marjory Grube

Philip Capet, King of France – Jean-Paul Alegre

Stand-bys – Karin Schreiber, Kenneth Binder

Production Staff

Director: David C. Bryant

Set Design: Suzanne Bauer

Stage Manager:Marilyn Zastrow

Production Manager: Don Zastrow

Technical Manager: Henry Weinberger Jr.

Technical Director: John Brick

Costume Design: Pat VonRautenkranz

Costume Mistress: Marcella Held

Costume Design Committee Chairman: Ruth Whinfield

Master Electrician: Roland K. Lorenz

Properties: Karin Schreiber

Co-Chairman: Peter Moody

Make-Up Design: Elaine Jerving, Carol Jean Schmidt

Master Carpenter: Chester Hurtienne

Prompter: Jean Langman

Cover Art: Roger Lahm