The Lion in Winter takes place in the winter
of 1183, as King Henry II and his family prepare for a Christmas
holiday reunion full of joy and politics, including scheming,
conniving, and deceiving. Henry and his queen, Eleanor, engage
in a battle of royal wits that pits son against son and against
father and mother. Playwright James Goldman’s gift for
repartee creates a wickedly intriguing theater experience.
Adding to the fun, the two leads are related in real life, with
Tom Holowach playing Henry II, King of England, and Holly Holowach
playing his wife, Eleanor of Aquitane, the most powerful woman
on the European continent.
Other cast members include Gene DeFrancis as Geoffrey, the middle
son; James Locke as Richard Lionheart, Henry’s oldest son;
and Derek Elder as Prince John, Henry’s youngest son, well
known to Robin Hood fans and to history for his forced sharing
of power with England’s nobility when, as King John, he
signed the Magna Carta.
Kyle Goff plays Philip, King of France, and Myra Beth Morrison
plays Alais, Philip’s sister and Henry’s mistress.
HPU’s Paul and Vi Loo Theatre is located on the windward
Hawai‘i Loa campus at 45-045 Kamehameha Hwy, Kane‘ohe,
directly across from the Pali Golf Course entrance. Reservations
are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Tickets can be
obtained by calling the Box Office at (808) 375-1282.
Top right: Standing L to R: James Locke as Richard, Myra Beth
Morrison as Alais, Holly Holowach as Eleanor and Kyle Goff
(HPU sophomore) as King Philip of France. Seated L to R: Gene
DeFrancis as Geoffrey, Tom Holowach as Henry and Derek Elder
Courtesy HPU Theatre
Friday–Sunday, Nov. 10-22, 24-26
Thurs.–Sun., Nov. 16-19, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 7-10
Wednesday, Nov. 22, Thursday, Nov. 23
No Performance – Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday & Thursdays – 7:30 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays – 8 p.m.
Sundays – 4 p.m.
General Admissions - $20
Seniors, Military, Students, HPU Faculty/Staff - $14
HPU Students - $3.00
Special discounts for Thursday evenings and for Hawai‘i
Council individual members.