Full Cast announced for The Lion In Winter at Haymarket


Full Cast announced for The Lion In Winter by James Goldman, directed by Trevor Nunn, at the Haymarket Theatre, opening 15 Nov 2011, following previews from 4 Nov - running to 28 Jan 2012.

Cast includes Robert Lindsay (Henry II), Joanna Lumley (Eleanor of Aquitane) Tom Bateman (Richard), Sonya Cassidy (Alais), Joseph Drake (John), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Philip) and James Norton (Geoffrey).

A family Christmas becomes a family at war. Henry II, not so young as he was, invites his estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, to spend the festive season with him, his mistress Princess Alais, and her brother, the young King Philip of France. Will Henry name who is to be his successor as King of England? Their yuletide celebration turns into a combat zone of deceit, betrayal, bitter power games and scabrous wit.

Robert Lindsay's London stage credits include: "Onassis" at the Novello in 2010; "The Entertainer" at the Old Vic in 2007; "Power" at the Cottesloe, NT in 2003; RSC's "Richard III" at the Savoy in 1999; 'Fagin' in the musical "Olivier" at the London Palladium in 1996 . His tv credits include "My Family" for the BBC.

Joanna Lumley is best known for playing Patsy Stone in TV's "Absolutely Fabulous". Previously her TV appearances included Purdey in "The New Avengers" in the late 1970s as well as "Sapphire and Steel" in the late 70s early 80s. Her London stage credits include "La Bete" at the Comedy Theatre in 2010.

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