The Alchemist Theatre in Bay View and The Pride Theatre Company will present "The Lion in Winter" by James Goldman, directed by Bill Jackson, with showings throughout January and February 2017.

Set in 1183, King Henry II gathers the young Plantagenet princes, Richard, Geoffrey and John, and his imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, his mistress Princess Alais and King Philip of France to a Christmas court at Chinon Castle in France. In this fictionalized historical comedy, a tangled intrigue is woven through the family as Henry asserts which of the princes is to succeed him and treason changes the day.

The production features Bill Jackson as Henry II and Liz Norton as Eleanor of Aquitaine. The casting of the production is a strategy of Deliberate Diversity in an effort to encourage open casting in regional theater, according a news release. The play features an LGBT link, and shows the universal power of love, even in the fomentation of war.

Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at

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