The Lion in Winter

Revision as of 16:01, 14 June 2014 by Miriamt (talk | contribs)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Lion in Winter is a 1966 play by James Goldman, depicting the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their children and their guests during Christmas, 1183. Extract from the PACT 1968 souvenir programme written by Goldman: 'The Lion in Winter takes place some six months after young Henry's death. The problem, at the time, was the selection of a new heir, and it is out of the struggle for succession that the narrative arises. In all, they were terrifying family. There were constant plots and wars between the father and his sons, fights always followed by reunion and forgiveness. They offer, for my play, a spectacle that is bitter, vengeful, passionate and loving all at once.'

Performance history in South Africa

Presented by CAPAB in 1968. Producer: Taubie Kushlick. Director: Brian Astbury. Cast: Michael Atkinson, Valerie Miller, Gillian Garlick, Wilson Dunster, Ken Leach, David Goatham, Roger Dwyer.

According to the PACT souvenir programme of February to May 1968: Ran at the Alexander Theatre in 1968. Directed by Taubie Kushlick. Decor and costumes designed by Raimond Schoop. Music composed by Stephen O'Reilly. Lighting design: Taubie Kushlick, assisted by Richard Lockwood. Music recorded by members of the PACT Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Leo Quayle Cast: Henry II, King of England - Joe Stewardson Alais Capet, A French Princess - Gillian Lomberg John, Henry's youngest son - John Rogers Geoffrey, The middle son - Dale Cutts Richard Lionheart, The eldest son - Ivor van Rensburg Eleanor of Aquitane, Henry's wife - Marika Mann Philip Capet, King of France - Christopher Galloway

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Die Leeu in die Winter by Francois Swart and directed by him for PACT Afrikaans Drama in July 1982. The cast included Louis van Niekerk, Paul Lückhoff, Nico Liebenberg, Johan Engelbrecht, Amor Tredoux, Schalk Schoombie and Wilna Snyman. Designs by Chris van den Berg.


Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 61 and Teater SA, 1(1), 1968.

PACT theatre pamphlet.

PACT souvenir programme of February to May 1968.

CAPAB List of Plays Presented, 1971.

Return to

Return to L in Plays II Foreign Plays

Return to South_African_Theatre/Plays

Return to The ESAT Entries

Return to Main Page