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The Lion in Winter to complete run as scheduled

The Lion in Winter

Casting update

TREVOR Nunn’s production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter will complete its run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on January 28, 2012 as previously announced.

However, there will be an additional matinee performance on Tuesday, January 24 at 2.30pm.

Previously posted: Full casting has been announced for Trevor Nunn’s production of James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter, which runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from November 15, 2011 (previews from November 5) to January 28, 2012.

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

A recent LAMDA graduate, Tom Bateman made his professional debut as Claudio in Josie Rourke’s production of Much Ado About Nothing which has recently completed its run at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Sonya Cassidy’s theatre credits include The Prince of Homburg (Donmar Warehouse), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Palace Theatre Watford) and Trevor Nunn’s production of Inherit The Wind (Old Vic). On television, she has appeared in Vera, Midsomer Murders, The Tudors and Lewis.

Joseph Drake’s theatre work includes The Deep Blue Sea and Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre), Vernon God Little (Young Vic) and New Earth (Bristol Old Vic). His television credits include Doctors and Dangerfield.

Having graduated from RADA, Rory Fleck-Byrne joined the cast of the Janet Suzman’s Liverpool Playhouse production of Antony and Cleopatra. His other theatre credits include Bonfires (Arcola Theatre), Cause Célèbre (Old Vic) and Disco Pigs (Young Vic).

James Norton, who made his professional West End debut as Stanhope in Journey’s End at the Duke of York’s Theatre, has also appeared on stage in That Face (Sheffield Crucible) and Posh (Royal Court Theatre).

A family Christmas becomes a family at war when Henry II, now not so young as he was, invites his estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitane, 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.

The Theatre Royal Haymarket Company production will have set and costume designs by Stephen Brimson Lewis, music by Steven Edis, sound by Paul Groothuis and video design by Ian William Galloway.

During the run of The Lion in Winter, historian, writer and broadcaster Helen Castor will give three pre show talks unravelling the story of Henry II, his formidable wife Eleanor of Aquitane and their unruly sons. The 45 minute pre show talks will take place at 6pm on November 14 and December 19, 2011 and January 16, 2012 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Tickets are £10.50.

There will be a Charity Performance of The Lion in Winter on November 10, 2011 with tickets priced between £125 and £350. All proceeds will be donated to the Lord Mayor of Westminster’s three charities – Veterans Aid, Kidscape and the Mayhew Animal Home.

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Trevor Nunn’s third production as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, The Tempest, continues until October 29, 2011.