The Lion in Winter, Maltby explained, is set
in England in the year 1183. King Henry II has brought his
family together for Christmas, including his wife, Eleanor
of Aquitaine, a French duchy larger even than Henry’s
England, and one of the most powerful women in Europe. Henry
usually keeps her in prison, but he has released her for the
He has also invited his mistress, Alais; his three treacherous
sons, one of whom is Richard the Lionheart; and Phillip, King
of France, Henry’s rival for England, Eleanor, and his
mistress, and Richard’s lover.
What should be a joyous reunion becomes a “battle of royal
wits” between Henry and his queen that ultimately turns
his sons against him and each other, and allows Philip to take
political advantage in an attempt to destroy the kingdom. A look
at the devious, manipulative, deceitful members of a dysfunctional
family and a foray into medieval politics that is captivating
For The Lion in Winter,” said Theater Manager Karen Archibald, “we
have mainly younger roles to fill, and we really want HPU students
to tryout for the parts.” HPU theatre has been generally
community based, but with the younger casts need for this season,
Maltby hopes to involve more students.
Roles available include:
Henry II, King of England, age 50
Eleanor, Henry’s wife, age 61
Richard Lionheart, the oldest son, age 26
Geoffrey, the middle son, age 25
John, the youngest son, age 16
Phillip, King of France, age 17
Alais, Phillip’s sister and Henry’s mistress, age
The ages are given by the playwright,” Maltby explained, “but
that should not discourage actors who are younger or older than
a character from auditioning for that role.”
Auditions will consist of readings from the script, Maltby said,
and she added that scripts will be available for perusal at the
windward and downtown campus libraries.
Rehearsals are scheduled for Monday through Friday evenings from
7 p.m. until 10 p.m. and some weekend days as needed.
Auditions, rehearsals, and performances are held in HPU’s
windward campus theatre: On the third floor at 45-045 Kamehameha
Highway, in Kane‘ohe (just off the Pali Highway).
For more information call: 254 - 0853
Staff writer Susannah Neilsen contributed to this report.