Auditions The Lion In Winter

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman the real Game of Thrones!

King Henry II doesn’t plan on dying anytime soon, but when he does, his kingdom will be united if it kills him. Henry favors his youngest son John, while the imprisoned Eleanor of Aquitaine favors the eldest Richard. Meanwhile, middle son Geoffrey is playing both sides against each other so he ends up on top. Henry considers siring another heir with his mistress Alais, but that would only add to the confusion. And what does King Philip of France want?

Directed by J. Mark Baumhardt

Audition Dates: Sunday, January 8th at 3:00 pm and Monday, January 9th at 7:00 pm

Callbacks: Tuesday, January 9th at 8:30 pm

Production Dates:  March 24 – April 8, 2017

If you have a conflict with the audition dates, contact . Some actors who attend the Sunday evening audition may be asked to return at 8:30 on Monday.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Please send an email to: to let us know which night you will be auditioning. We will send you sides in advance to review for your audition. Familiarity with the script is encouraged.


Character descriptions as follows: (5 men, 2 women)

Henry – “He is enjoying that final rush of physical and mental vigor that comes to some men not before the end but just before the start of the decline.”  The King. Clever, passionate, cunning, human, compassionate, and ruthless. Who does he really love?

Eleanor – “She has been a queen of international importance (for some time) and you know it. She is that most unusual thing: a genuinely feminine woman thoroughly capable of holding her own in a man’s world.” Clever, passionate, cunning, human, compassionate, and ruthless. Ageless. How deep is her jealousy?

Richard – “He has been a famous soldier since his middle teens, and justly so; war is his profession and he is good at it.” Driven, cunning, stubborn, misunderstood, lonely, and ruthless. There are a lot of interesting layers below the surface. Who can knock down his walls?

Geoffrey – “A man of energy and verve and charm, and he is the owner of the best brain of a brainy family.” A power broker. A middle child. (Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!) Trusts no one, trusted by no one. Who can ease his pain?

John – “Adorable, yet simple minded.” The least qualified to lead, yet the chosen one (Sound familiar?) Sweet, charming, yet unwashed. Who will grant him respect?

Alais– “Serenely beautiful, stately, and unmistakably in love with Henry.” Wise beyond her years. Thoughtful, inquisitive, thorough, and appeasing. What does she really want?

Philip – “His manner is open, direct, and simple and he smiles easily. He has been King of France for three years and he has learned a great deal.” Naïve, yet quietly clever. Not easily read and cleaver in carriage and cadence. What is his secret?

You will notice there are no age-ranges listed. This is intentional. If you think the part speaks to you, come read for it. We look forward to having a blast discovering these characters.

Email the director at with questions.


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