The Lion In Winter (1976)
Designed & Directed by John Woodrooffe
The drama of domestic strife is hardly new to the SLTC stage, but rarely have family conflicts concerned characters as imposing and illustrious as those in "The Lion in Winter".
Henry II is an old man but still retains the vigour and power that made him arguably England's greatest monarch. His wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the richest woman in France and once the most famous beauty of her country, has the intelligence and cunning to match him and it is not for nothing that he keps her imprisoned.
Around them at a Christmas court, only too eager to exploit the explosive situation to their own ends, are their three sons; Geoffrey, Richard (later to become 'The Lionheart') and John (who later signed the Magna Carta) together with the devious Phillipe-Auguste, the Young King of France. Add a beautiful heiress to the plots and counterplots and you have ... "The Lion in Winter".
The action of the play passes in Henry's castle at Chinon, France. Time - Christmas 1183.
- Henry II - Peter Dawson
- Alais - Doreen Ford
- John - Mike Mattey
- Geoffrey - Kevin Hastings
- Richard Lionheart - Bruce Murray
- Eleanor - Ruth Shettle
- Philip - Terry Floyd
- Stage Manager - Ann Mattey
- Assistant Stage Mangers - Hazel Edwards, David Maitland, Sheila Saxon & Diana Skypala
- P.A. - Cynthia Fountain
- Lighting Design - Stephen Holroyd
- Lighting Operator - Tony Wilson
- Sound Operation - Tom Smith
- Props - Iris Lenny
- Wardrobe - Robert Nathan
- Set Construction - John Norman & Charles Cheetham
- Front of House Manager - Helen Boutall
- Box Office Manger - Jean Worboyes
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I have many fond memories of my first SLT(C) production. Coming from New Zealand meant my accent was quite pronounced and was often the cause of much hilarity from other cast members. I overcame most words except lettuce which came out more like littuce. Those were the days - Bruce Murray
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