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The cast of 'The Lion in Winter' in rehearsals

Remember the film of 'The Lion in Winter' by James Goldman? The year is 1183. Henry II (Peter O'Toole), his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katharine Hepburn), their three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, Henry's current mistress, Alais, and her half-brother King Philip of France gather for a family Christmas celebration in Chinon Castle. They proceed to play a complex game of politics, power and possessions, where the prizes are the Aquitaine, Alais and the throne of England. The Christmas wine is in the pot and the added spices are that Eleanor has been imprisoned in an English Castle for the last ten years for plotting with Richard and Geoffrey to overthrow Henry; and Alais is betrothed to Richard.

The kiss!

KATS (Knebworth Amateur Theatrical Society) bring the 'Lion' and his entourage to Knebworth Village Hall – 7.45pm Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 November. Tickets (£6, concessions £4.50) from Jo Simson on 04138 814166 or Village News in Station Road, Knebworth.

The play is directed by: Jo Simson, Production Assistants: Sarah Hunt & Chris Simson, Set design: Graham Dormer

Henry II, King of England:
Eleanor of Aquitaine:
Philip, King of France:

Greg Parish
Helen Jewitt
Owen Curtis
Paul Hadden
Tim Simson
Sheila Soothill
Michael Webb
Further information on this production/KATS: Jo Simson (01438 814166)


Reviewed: November 25, 2009

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