The Lion in Winter by James Goldman is a play that has captured audiences’ rapt attention for years in the theatre or on film. The intrigue within this powerful family may take place in the twelfth century, but there is something universal about prospective heirs maneuvering to get their share of the spoils whether it is a kingdom or control of a family owned corporation or the family farm. The aging patriarch has a great deal of power until he relinquishes it by designating the children’s inheritances. Think King Lear among others who face unpredictable consequences as a result of their reluctant generosity.
Oldcastle Theatre Company has assembled an impressive cast to bring these conflicts to life from September 25 to October 11. This a glorious conclusion to a successful season of sparkling productions such as Cabaret and Black Comedy. The intimate space at Oldcastle brings the audience and the actors together in a dynamic way and according to what the actors tell us, this will be particularly true in this production.
We had the fun of interviewing actors as they came upstairs from rehearsal to the Oldcastle office. We never quite knew who would be arriving. In our first half hour we interviewed Nigel Gore and Jason Asprey. In the second we talked with Ethan Botwick, Christopher Restino and Andrew Krug. There are women in the play Christine Decker and Elizabeth Aspenleider. We just didn’t get a chance to interview them since they were not rehearsing at the time we were interviewing. We were anticipating seeing the play and we are now more so after talking with these delightful actors.