As part of The Alchemist Theatre's rental season, THE PRIDE THEATRE COMPANY presents:
THE LION IN WINTER
by James Goldman
Fri January 20 - Sat February 4, 2017
Matinee Sunday January 29 2:30PM
Double Show Sat February 4
4:30 & 7:30PM
Directed by BILL JACKSON
Featuring BILL JACKSON as Henry II and LIZ NORTON as Eleanor of
Aquitaine. The cast includes SHAYNE STELIGA, CORY JEFFERSON HAGEN,
NICHOLAS CALLAN HAUBNER, DERRION BROWN, and ASHLEY RODRIGUEZ.
THE LION IN WINTER was originally produced on Broadway in 1966 and became an Academy Award-winning film in 1968 with Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, and Timothy Dalton.
Stalking one another like jungle creatures, the vexed royal family... is made up of super-sexualized emotional predators... a megaphone for the sixties theme of family malice...in all a glorious fight—intelligent aggression, a delight. NY Times
Set in 1183, Henry II, legendary King of England and a growing British empire, gathers the young Plantagenet princes, Richard, Geoffrey, and John, his dungeoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, his mistress Princess Alais, and King Philip of France to a Christmas court at Chinon Palace in France. In this fictionalized historical comedy, a tangled intrigue is woven around the family as Henry decides which of the princes is to succeed him to the Throne of England. The Reign over Europe is the prize as this family battles among themselves where love abides as devoted romance and lethal weapon.
BILL JACKSON (HENRY II, DIRECTOR) has been an actor, teacher, and director in Milwaukee for thirty years and in the theatre for forty. He's worked with the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA, HOMEBODY/KABUL, and MY CHILDREN, MY AFRICA. He has appeared at Skylight Music Theatre in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND and AIN'T MISBEHAVIN. He has appeared in INHERIT THE WIND, THE MAN OF LA MANCHA, SWEENEY TODD, and SIDESHOW and with the Boulevard Theatre in JERKERS. In Chicago, he performed in THE KING OF NEW LONDON with Travel Light Theatre and THE WARP TRILOGY with the Organic Theatre. Bill served as Artistic Director for the Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company and has directed and choreographed at various theatres in the region including THE FANTASTICKS, WEST SIDE STORY, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, BLUES IN THE NIGHT, SWEET CHARITY, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and he wrote and directed THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH at the now deposed Carte Blanche Theatre and was one of the founders of the BRONZEVILLE ARTS ENSEMBLE. He taught theatre and English and founded the Creative Writing and Journalism Department at Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Producing THE LION IN WINTER is a dream fulfilled.
LIZ NORTON (Eleanor) Milwaukee credits include: Off the Wall: Sisters Rosensweig (Gorgeous Teitelbaum), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Aurora); Skylight Music Theatre: Into the Woods (Stepmother), Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch); Encore Theatre Company: Sondheim on Sondheim; Boulevard Theatre: Pal Joey (Melba); Soulstice Theater: Follies (Phyllis); Theatre Unchained: Company (Joanne); All In Productions: The Wild Party (Madeline True). Illinois credits include: Marriott Theatre: La Cage Aux Folles (Mdme Renaud); Porchlight Music Theatre: Unordinary Sunday: A Sondheim Cabaret; Victory Gardens: Musical Mondays with Chicago Cabaret Professionals; Stage Coach Players: Tintypes (Anna Held). Many thanks to the creative/artistic teams and the Alchemist Theatre.