Xavier Players performing 'The Lion in Winter' in the Gallagher Student Center Studio Theater

The show, which is centers around the life and family of King Henry, runs from Nov. 8-11 at 7:30 p.m. | November 7, 2007

The Xavier Players are staging "The Lion in Winter" by James Goldman, Nov. 8-11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center Studio Theater. The play explores the interpersonal dynamics and political wrangling of King Henry, his wife Eleanor, whom he has kept imprisoned in a tower for the past 10 years, and their three sons, who are vying for the privilege of being named heir to the English throne.

The 1968 film version of the play starred Katharine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole and Anthony Hopkins, and won several Academy Awards.

“This is the first play selected for production by a student play-reading committee,” says director for performing arts Cathy Springfield. “It will be very intense. The excitement to me is you will be in the room with the actors up close and personal.”

Cheryl Couch, who teaches in the department of classics, is directing. “To cast 19- to 22-year-olds as characters who are 50 and 61 years old is difficult,” says Couch. “But the students at Xavier are bright and they know the history of this period and the elements important to research about the characters in this play. It has been a delight to work with these cast members and their intense desire to learn together the building of an ensemble cast who listens and responds to each other bringing the play to life on stage. ”

Tickets are $3 for students, faculty and staff and $5 for all others. Tickets are available by calling the Players box office at 513 745-3939.