Lindsay and Lumley Confirmed for The Lion in Winter
The Duo Unite Under Sir Trevor Nunn for the Upcoming West End Production
At the beginning of the month Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail indicated that Robert Lindsay had been cast in “The Lion in Winter” at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, joining Joanna Lumley in the production which is set to open later in the year. This news has now been confirmed, with the show now granted a run from November 2011 to January 2012 under the direction of Sir Trevor Nunn, the current Artistic Director of the venue.
It means that the West End location remains in the news after many casting announcements emerged for the upcoming production of “The Tempest” this week, with Ralph Fiennes now being joined by Nicholas Lyndhurst and Elisabeth Hopper.
Robert Lindsay, of course, is the well known actor who has made a name for himself in a number of well known British television programmes over the years. Today he is best known for his role as Ben Harper, the lead in the hit sitcom “My Family”, though he has also appeared in the likes of “The Trial of Tony Blair” (in the title role), in addition to “Hornblower” and “Citizen Smith”. He has also carved out a stage career and he was most recently seen in “Onassis” at the Novello Theatre in 2010, in addition to “The Entertainer” at the Old Vic Theatre in 2007.
London theatre audiences will also witness Joanna Lumley in the production, best known for her role in another British sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous”. During a long career she has appeared in a wealth of roles, from “Sapphire and Steel” to “The New Avengers”, whilst also appearing in the likes of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. For the stage, her most recent stage role was alongside David Hyde Pierce that of “La Bete” when it appeared at the Comedy Theatre.
“The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman is the story of the politics surrounding the royal ascension to the throne, with Henry II hoping for Prince John to take his place as King and his wife Queen Aquitaine hoping for Prince Richard (both of these would later become King John of Englan and King Richard I respectively). Meanwhile, King Philip II of France has promised the future king a wife and he will be wanting her back if no wedding takes place.
“The Lion in Winter” appears at the Haymarket Theatre from Tuesday 15th November 2011 (previews from Friday 4th November 2011) to Saturday 28th January 2012.