King Henry II play in Long Beach

LONG BEACH - "The Lion in Winter," a production that shines a light into the personal life of King Henry II, opens Nov. 6 at the Long Beach Playhouse.King Henry II of England and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, have three sons: Richard, Geoffrey and John. Henry wants his kingdom to stay united after his death; each son wants to be sole ruler. Henry favors youngest son John, and Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. The truce between these extraordinary and competitive parents disintegrates while middle son Geoffrey finds room to maneuver to win the crown in spite of them all. "The characters in 'The Lion in Winter' are a textbook example of a 'dysfunctional family,'" said director Michael Ross. "The Lion in Winter shows that what was prevalent in royal families in the 12th century is still prevalent in many modern-day families in the 21st century." Tickets to see "The Lion in Winter" are $12 for students, $20 for seniors and $22 for adults. They are available online at or by calling (562) 494-1014.

********** Published: October 28, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 28