ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- 'The Lion in Winter', the dysfunctional story of King Henry II and his wife is playing now at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. The play will remain running through Jan. 31.
In 'The Lion in Winter", King Henry II has imprisoned his wife Eleanor following a series of civil wars she led against him. What ensues is a high-stakes poker game for the crown of England.
Henry is getting old and needs to pick a successor from among his three bickering sons. Eleanor wants Richard, Henry wants John, and no one wants Geoffrey. Among these players, ever-shifting alliances form, and no one is quite sure who to trust.
The play 'The Lion in Winter' was famously turned into an Oscar-winning film by the same name in 1968, starring Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn.
Jeffrey King plays the part of King Henry II. He is a member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he has appeared in over 30 production. He originated the role of Joe Pitt in Angels of America, first performed at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco and later at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Carol Schultz plays the part of Henry's wife, Eleanor. She has appeared on Broadway in 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois'. Schultz has also appeared in film and television productions such as 'House of Cards' and This is 'Where I Leave You'. She currently is a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education.
Tickets start at $17.50. They are available at Repstl.org or by phone at (314) 968-4925.