The Lion in Winter

Spring 2007
Experimental Production
James Goldman
Date of run: 
Thursday, February 15, 2007 (All day) to Saturday, February 17, 2007 (All day)
Yale Repertory Theatre See map
It is Christmastime at the Royal Court of Chinon; the year is 1183. The aging King Henry II rules over the British Empire; his wife, the powerful and domineering Eleanor of Aquitane is locked up far away in the countryside. Their son, the heir to the English throne, has died and the crown is up for grabs with three of their children fighting viciously. Add to the mix the young newly-­crowned King of France who wants to exchange his beautiful older sister’s dowry for more territory. The only problem is that his sister has become Henry’s mistress and shows no interest in marrying any of his children. This is the basic premise of James Goldman’s now­-famous 1964 play The Lion in Winter. A vicious, dark and dramatic comedy, it tells a twist-filled, compelling and entertaining story in which everyone’s motives are suspect. Written in accessible 20th century American English, The Lion in Winter is a deliciously brutal play with seven rich roles for male and female actors.
Scott Chaloff
Greta Fails
Stage Manager: 
Jennifer Landau
Lighting Designer: 
Anya Kaplan­-Seem
Set Designer: 
Alice Tai
Sound Designer: 
Liam Andrew
Costume Designer: 
Lily Rothman
Props Master: 
Hannah Cousins
Master Electrician: 
Ian Tattersall
Technical Director: 
Alison Adams,
Elysa Chao
Sound Engineer: 
Patrick Dewechter
Member & Role: 
Saskia Leggett -­ Assistant Producer
Lauren Bremen ­- Lights Board Operator
Lauren Bremen ­- Lights Crew
Marcus Parrish -­ Lights Crew
Rachel Sturm - ­Lights Crew
Actor / Actress & Role: 
Claire Siebers ­- Eleanor
Nick Barton -­ Henry
Alexandra Trow -­ Alais
Andy Wagner -­ Richard
Alexander Newman­-Wise -­ Geoffrey
Steven Kochevar ­- John
Josh Odsess­-Rubin -­ Philip
Assistant Director: 
Joe Alessi