TV faces star in stage revival

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London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket is to stage James Goldman’s ‘The Lion in Winter’ from November. The production stars Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay, and will be directed by Trevor Nunn.

The play is the story of King Henry II’s Christmas celebration which turns into a reunion of deceit, betrayal, bitter power games and scabrous wit as his family wait to hear him name his successor as King of England.

Comedienne and actress Joanna Lumley is best known for playing Purdey in ITV’s The Avengers and Patsy Stone in the BBC TV series Absolutely Fabulous. Robert Lindsay currently stars as Ben Harper in the BBC series My Family.

The Lion in Winter first premiered in New York in 1966, directed by Noel Willman with a cast led by Rosemary Harris and Christopher Walken. Anthony Harvey directed the 1968 movie version starring Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins and Peter O’Toole.

The new production opens at the Theatre Royal on November 4 and runs to January 28. For tickets visit or call 0845 481 1870