Live theater in a beautiful, historical park in the heart of Flint, Michigan
Kearsley Park Players end Summer Season with historical drama
“The Lion in Winter” September 22-25
The Kearsley Park Players’ 2016 summer season concludes with the historical drama “The Lion in Winter” presented in the Opera House at Crossroads Village for one weekend only, September 22- 25
“The Lion in Winter” is a play by James Goldman that portrays the personal and political conflicts of King Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, their three sons (each struggling to be chosen as the aging king’s heir) and their guests during the Christmas gathering in the year 1183. The original production won a Tony Award and was adapted into an Academy Award winning film starring Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn.
Henry II is widely known today for his earlier conflict with Thomas Becket, martyred while Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry II married Eleanor, then ruler of the richest province in Europe. Their three sons are Richard the Lionheart, Prince John of Robin Hood fame and their unloved brother, Prince Geoffrey. King Philip of France arrives concerned with political and family interests. His sister, Princess Alais, has grown up at the English court and become both King Henry’s mistress and Prince Richard’s fiancé.
Directed by Shelly Hoffman, “Lion in Winter” features a strong cast of experienced local actors, including Brian Haggard as King Henry, Kay Kelly as Queen Eleanor, Mark Vukelich as King Philip, Ian Thomas as Richard, James Cech as Geoffrey, Justin Wetenhall as John and Annadelle Kimber as Alais.
Performances are for one weekend only and include;
Thursday, September 22 - 7:30 pm
Friday, September 23 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 24 - 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee, September 25 - 3:00 pm
Tickets are only $5 and seating is limited. Reservations are suggested; (810) 736-7100, ext. 6, Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.
[PHOTO CAPTION: (L to R upper) James Cech, Ian Thomas, Kay Kelly, (lower) Justin Wetenhall and Brian Haggard.