Joanna Lumley to return to the West End in The Lion in Winter?
Trevor Nunn will round-off his first year as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket with a new production of James Goldman’s 1966 play The Lion in Winter.
Joanna Lumley will star as Eleanor of Aquitaine in the period production, alongside Robert Lindsay as Henry II.
Joanna Lumley was last seen in the West End in 2010 starring in La Bete, which transferred to Broadway and earned her a Tony award nomination. Robert Lindsay starred in Onassis at the Novello Theatre in 2010.
Nunn’s current production at the Haymarket is the Chichester transfer of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, playing until 20 August and then followed by Ralph Fiennes as Prospero in The Tempest.
Set during Christmas 1183 at Henry II’s château, the last major production of The Lion in Winter was on Broadway in 1999 starring Laurence Fishburne as Henry and Stockard Channing as Eleanor. There have been two major film adaptations of the play including the 1968 version starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn and a 2003 re-make starring Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close.
The play is well-known as an almost guaranteed crowd pleaser and an award-maker for the two leads.
- Show: The Lion in Winter
- Author: James Goldman
- Theatre: Theatre Royal Haymarket
- Director: Trevor Nunn
- Stars: Joanna Lumley, Robert Lindsay
- Opens: November 2011
- Original production: Ambassador Theatre New York, 3 March 1966