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A Lion in Winter

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

November 28, 29, 30 – December 1 & 2, 1972.

A Lion in Winter

by James Goldman



Directed by
Nikki Le Roy


Brian Moulton – Henry ll, King of England

Hilary Wiltshire – Alais, a French Princess

David Peaty – John, the youngest son

John Davidson – Geoffrey, the middle son

Roger Stott – Richard Lionheart, the eldest son

Anna Welsh – Eleanor, Henry’s wife

Neil Shepherd – Philip, King of France


Production Crew

Production Secretary – Lesley Rogers

Production Secretary – Bill Mack

Technical Director – George Laye

Designer – Vincent Joyce

Stage Manager – Frances Thorne

Assistant Stage Manager – Ethel Barrs

Assistant Stage Manager – Michael Donkin

Assistant Stage Manager – Ronald Bolt

Lighting – Frank Hurrell

Wardrobe – Mary Payne

Wardrobe – Carol Brand

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Anita Job

Sound Effects – Margaret Ockenden

Furniture and Decor – Valerie Bingham

Hair Styles – Janet Leaney

Production Photographs – John Elliott

Front of House Manager – Paul Carpenter

Front of House Manager – George Penney


Programme Note #1: A Lion in Winter

NLeR wrote: “Henry ll, one of the Lions of English History was Manoeuvring in France at the time of this play. He had married Eleanor the Queen of the late King of France and a power with which to be reckoned. In due course they gave the province of Acquitaine to their eldest son Richard, this, together with being heir to the English throne made him very powerful. Added to which Henry had promised the late King of France, Louis, that his daughter Alais should be Richard’s wife. In return for this Henry should have the province of Vexin, a small but important region owing to its proximity to Paris.

History has proved that politics entirely discount the human element which is, powerful people can throw the neat political arrangements into chaos – and that is the concern of the play – the personal relationships between the powers that be.

This is an underestimated play, the construction and the English are very fine. So fine, in fact, that one scarcely notices the many anachronisms.”


Programme Note #2: A Lion in Winter

“If our first play of the season is considered typical of modern drama then quite of lot of you don’t like it! The Wrong Side of the Park is also is also wrong for you or, perhaps, you don’t like the way we do this modern stuff? Well, we invited comments in our last programme notes and we certainly got them.

A minor traumatic experience for some of us! The consensus seemed to be ‘Some good acting but we didn’t like the play’. We can’t expect to be right all the time and in varying our programme we aim to please most of the time.

We dare to hope that you’ll find The Lion in Winter very much to your taste. Nikki Le Roy, our director, has given us some wonderful shows in the past and you’ll remember, no doubt, The Little Hut, The School for Scandal and Lady Windermere’s Fan.

In the New Year we have planned for you two refreshing experiences – Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon and The Boyfriend, both of which should send you away from the theatre with a song in your heart. Not that we’ve grown faint-hearted about modern fare. It is good for our acting members and we shall try the ‘modern’ and ‘experimental’ in our festival plays and training sessions for members.

A word about the switch of plays in case you wondered: We did advertise An Italian Straw Hat but it required 15 men and in the ultimate we could only raise 10. Rather than go into the highways and byeways for a wedding party we asked Nikki for an alternative play …. and what a fine choice it has turned out.”