Robert Lindsay Added to The Lion In Winter in the West End?
My Family Actor Joining Joanna Lumley in the Upcoming Production Now Set for the Haymarket Theatre
Less than a week ago it was reported that Joanna Lumley would be returning to a West End stage, following her recent appearance in “La Bȇte” at the Comedy Theatre, with a new production of “The Lion in Winter”. Now further details have emerged for the production, courtesy of Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail, with a venue announced in the form of the Haymarket Theatre and a performer tipped for the role of Henry II – Robert Lindsay.
Lindsay is best known to British audiences for his role in the long-running sitcom “My Family”, which recently announced its end on the BBC, though he has enjoyed a long career that has seen him take on many roles. His most recent West End appearance was in the production of “Onassis” at the Novello Theatre in 2010 in which he portrayed the controversial shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, with previous credits that include “Oliver!” at the London Palladium and “The Entertainer” at The Old Vic. He has also portrayed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on TV in “A Very Social Secretary” and “The Trial of Tony Blair”.
“The Lion in Winter” focuses on the politics associated with royal ascension to the throne during the time of Henry II. He hopes for Prince John (who would later become King John of England) to take his place, whilst his wife Queen Aquitaine would prefer Prince Richard the Lionheart (later King Richard I). But whatever the decision, King Philip II of France has offered a wife for the future king and will be wanting her back if now wedding actually takes place.
It is best known as a 1968 movie that starred Anthony Hopkins, Peter O’Toole,Timothy Dalton and Katherine Hepburn in lead roles, earning the latter the Academy Award for Best Actress. Clearly West End theatre producers will be hoping for similar success when the play opens in the capital, with Sir Trevor Nunn – the Artistic Director of the Haymarket – taking the helms.
“The Lion in Winter” is due to appear at the Haymarket Theatre at some point in the future, with dates yet to be announced.