The Lion In WinterProgramme

by James Goldman

directed by Peter Edwards


CAST

The action of the play passes in Henry's Castle at Chinon, France
Time: Christmas 1183

ACT I
ACT II

The historical material on Henry's reign is considerable insofar as battles, plots, wars, treaties and alliances are concerned. This play - while simplifying the political manoeuvring combining a meeting of the French and English Kings in 1183 with a Royal Court, held at Windsor, in the following year into a Christmas Court that never was - is accurately based on the available data.

The facts we have, while clear enough as to the outcome of relationships - such things as who kills whom and when - say little it anything about the quality and content of those relationships. The people in this play, their character and passions, while consistent with the facts we have, are fictions.

The play, finally, contains anachronisms in speech, thought, habit, custom and so on. Those the author is aware of - the way, for instance, Christmas Is celebrated - are deliberate and not intended to outrage the historical aspects of the script.

PRODUCTION TEAM

SET DESIGN Mark Storton & Peter Edwards
SET CONSTRUCTION The Garrick Team
STAGE MANAGER Martin Chadwick
PROMPT Carol Anne Connolly
LIGHTING Andrew Davies
SOUND Andrew Bean
PROPERTIES Louise & Andy Kelly
COSTUME Anne Dunlop
HOUSE MANAGER David Baxter
PHOTOGRAPHY/DISPLAY Mark Storton
PROGRAMME Norman Cope

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Masque Amateur Theatre Company for the loan of the stage ramp.