The Lion in Winter

by James Goldman
directed by Kevin Moriarty

McGuire Proscenium Stage


A family feud of imperial proportions

“Well – what shall we hang? The holly or each other?” Set during Christmas 1183, The Lion in Winter tells the wickedly amusing tale of King Henry II, his imprisoned queen (released only for the holiday), and their three entitled sons who vie for the throne in a double-dealing division of the kingdom. Best known for the film adaptation starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn, this viciously funny drama is a high-stakes chess game where the pieces constantly change sides and no one is spared the sword. Brace yourself for an epic family takedown at the Guthrie Theater, just in time for the holidays.


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A family feud of imperial proportions.

Stage Craft

The Lion in Winter's Lighting Designer, Clifton Taylor, waxes poetic on the storytelling powers of light. 


The cast of The Lion in Winter. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

David Pegram (Philip II), Thallis Santesteban (Alais Capet) and Kevyn Morrow (Henry II). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Laila Robins (Eleanor of Aquitaine), Kevyn Morrow (Henry II), Thallis Santesteban (Alais Capet), Torsten Johnson (Richard Lionheart) and Riley O’Toole (John). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Michael Hanna (Geoffrey), Torsten Johnson (Richard Lionheart), Riley O’Toole (John) and Laila Robins (Eleanor of Aquitaine). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Laila Robins (Eleanor of Aquitaine) and Kevyn Morrow (Henry II). Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

In the news

Feature story

'Homeland' star Laila Robins returns to her home stage: The Guthrie

Actor Laila Robins returns to the theater that inspired her dreams as the Guthrie opens The Lion in Winter. 

Read the Star Tribune feature.


'The Lion in Winter' at Guthrie Theater'

Actors Laila Robins and Kevyn Morrow visit KARE 11 News.

Watch the interview.



Michael E. Hanna


Torsten Johnson

Richard Lionheart

Kevyn Morrow

Henry II, King of England

Riley O'Toole


David Pegram

Philip II, King of France

Laila V. Robins

Eleanor of Aquitane

Thallis Santesteban

Alais Capet

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Joseph Haj

Artistic Director

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James Goldman


Kevin Moriarty


Christopher Ash

Scenic Designer

Beowulf Boritt

Set Designer

Karen Perry

Costume Designer

Clifton Taylor

Lighting Designer

Amadon Jaeger

Sound Designer

Carla Steen


Jill Walmsley Zager

Voice Coach

Chris A. Code

Stage Manager

Katherine Kenfield

Assistant Stage Manager

Andrew P. Watkins

Assistant Director

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