With royal wit, The Lion In Winter depicts the passionate relationship between Henry II of England and his wife, the wealthiest woman of the age, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Behind the great stone walls of their English castle, the world’s most powerful empire is in crises. Who will be the next heir to the throne? Fraught with intrigue, each family member schemes to usurp the other. This delightfully wicked and ferociously funny drama by James Goldman investigates the balance between family roles and power structures. What happens when the chips are down?
Henry II, King of England – Jonathan Larson
Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry’s wife – Michelle Drenth
Richard the Lionheart, their oldest son – Ben Pelegano
Geoffrey, their middle son – Raul Arambula
John, their youngest son – James Muth
Alais, a French princess – Alison Haider
Philip, King of France – Samuel Mastin
“A work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical skill.” – The New York Times
“Marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns.” – The Los Angeles Times
DIRECTED BY RACHEL HAIDER
Rachel’s extensive resume includes work with professional, community and educational theaters. Her most recent directing credits with the Guild include Peter Pan, The Importance of Being Earnest, Matilda, The Great Northfield Bank Robbery: A Love Story, Mansfield Park, and Les Misérables (which won Best Production in 2018). Rachel directs, teaches and manages the Guild’s Purple Door Youth Theater and has taught theater arts in private and public schools along with numerous other arts organizations. Rachel was named Southern Minn Scene’s Best Director for both 2018 and 2013.