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The Lion In Winter (Play)

January 19, 2023

7:00 pm

“From the devil we sprang, and to the devil we shall go.” – Richard the Lionheart


The mightiest/tiniest theatrical stage in the land presents James Goldmans medieval marvel.

“A classic tale of deep family dysfunction and Machiavelli-level intrigue . . . witty and wrenching, full of dagger-sharp quips and veiled motives.”

–The Boston Globe

Insecure siblings fighting for their parents’ attention; bickering spouses who can’t stand to be together or apart; adultery, experimentation; even the struggle to balance work and family: These are themes as much at home in our time as they were in the twelfth century. In James Goldman’s classic play THE LION IN WINTER, domestic turmoil rises to an art form.

Keenly self-aware and motivated as much by spite as by any sense of duty, Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession. THE LION IN WINTER is a quintessential drama of family strife and competing ambitions, a work that gives visceral, modern-day relevance to the intrigues of medievsl England.

Combining keen historical and psychological insight with delicious, mordant wit, the stage play has become a touchstone of the theatre, and Goldman’s screenplay for the 1968 film adaptation won him an Academy Award. Told in “marvelously articulate language, with humor that bristles and burns” (Los Angeles Times), THE LION IN WINTER is the rare play that bursts into life from the page, and is now given a bold staging in the intimate coffeehouse setting at So It Goes Coffeehouse.

THE LION IN WINTER features Brenda Sund, John Beane, Jessica Dee, Taylor Marchant, Brad Keith, Ansel Tauber, and Jason Iverson. Directed by John Beane and Daneal Doerr, stage maned by Ryan Borella.

Performances are varied dates from January 19-29. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at or in person downtown at 190 Central Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon.

“The Lion in Winter” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.


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