Theatre: The Lion in Winter

05 June 2019 - 09 June 2019 , .

The Lion in Winter - a fantastically funny and sarcastic take on Henry II and the power struggles within the Plantagenet family comes to Auckland's Rose Centre Theatre in Belmont in early June.  Think House of Cards in a castle. Or Game of Thrones without the dragons.

Henry II has declared that his youngest son John will occupy the throne while his imprisoned wife, Eleanor, wants their oldest son, Richard, to climb on. Henry has magnanimously paroled Eleanor for the day and she has plenty to say about the situation. Meanwhile, Henry has promised Prince Philip of France that his sister Alais will marry Richard, even though she is his own mistress. It’s one big mess.

Henry manipulates each son with the throne – even middle son Geoffrey, who has no promise of the crown, is not exempt. Queen Eleanor does the same, dangling twin carrots of fame and fortune in front of each one, pitting them against themselves. Does family loyalty have a chance?

Written in 1966 by James Goldman, The Lion in Winter quickly became a classic. It was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie in 1968 staring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn and has enjoyed a number of Broadway and West End revivals.

Wednesday 5th June to Saturday 8th June 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sunday 9th June 2019 at 4:00 pm

Ticket Prices
General Admission $24
Concession $21
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About Foolish Wit Theatre
We're a feisty new theatre company based on Auckland's North Shore, dedicated to producing great quality productions that inspire people to get involved in community theatre. We've produced two full-length plays and a staged reading in our short history, and we want to get bigger, bolder and better.

Previous Foolish Wit productions include The Pillowman (June 2018) and A Christmas Carol (December 2018).