Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Executive Director Ellen Richard are thrilled to announce that acclaimed film, TV and theatre veterans Frances Fisher (“Titanic,” Native Gardens, Barbeque), will star as “Queen Eleanor” and Gregory Harrison (“Trapper John, M.D.,” Broadway’sChicago, Steel Pier), will star as “King Henry II” in its upcoming production of THE LION IN WINTER, written by James Goldman and directed by Sheldon Epps. THE LION IN WINTER begins previews on Wednesday, November 6; will open on Sunday, November 10 at 7:00pm and runs through Sunday, November 24, 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Before Game of Thrones, there was THE LION IN WINTER. It’s Christmas 1183, and King Henry II is planning to announce his successor to the throne. The jockeying for the crown, though, is complex. Henry has three sons and wants his boy, Prince John, to take over. Henry’s wife, Queen Eleanor, has other ideas. She believes their son Prince Richard should be king. As the family and various schemers gather for the holiday, each tries to make the indecisive king choose their option. The Lion in Winter has all the makings of this modern-day classic – sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom.
THE LION IN WINTER begins previews on Wednesday, November 6; will open on Sunday, November 10 at 7:00pm and runs through Sunday, November 24, 2019 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.
Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sundays at 1:00pm & 5:30pm.
There will be added performances on Thursday, November 7 & Thursday, November 21 at 2pm & Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30pm. There will be no performance on Sunday, November 10 at 1pm.
There will be Talk-Backs following the performances on Saturday, November 16 at 2pm and Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm.
Tickets range from $50 – $75 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com  or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. Prices subject to change.
The box office is open Mondays – Saturdays: 11a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until showtime on performance days); Sundays: 11a.m. – 4p.m.
For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com . LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.