The Pennsylvania Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for their upcoming production of James Goldman’s Tony winning drama “The Lion In Winter”. Auditions will be held at the Playhouse (390 ILLICK'S MILL ROAD, BETHLEHEM, PA) on Sunday, July 9th from 2 to 5 PM and Tuesday, July 11th from 7 to 9:30 PM with callbacks on Thursday, July 13th at 7 PM. Needed are five men and two women aged 17 to 61. Performances will be October 6 through 22nd - Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a headshot and theater resume if possible. Rehearsals are tentatively set for Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. For more information or copies of the reading script please contact director Clair M. Freeman at

Character Descriptions:  All listed ages are “suggested” – actors should be able to convincingly portray the age specified.

Henry II: King of England. In his time, at fifty, men were either old or dead. Yet Henry is still as he ever was. His manipulations of family and others is spontaneous and emotional as opposed to the well-thought out stratagems of Eleanor or the cold, calculating machinations of Geoffrey. His emotional connections to Eleanor are stronger than he knows. (Age: 50)

Queen Eleanor:  Wife of Henry. A beautiful woman of great temperament, authority and presence.  She has been a queen for nearly 46 years and, while possessing feminine qualities, is thoroughly capable of holding her own in a man's world. She schemes against Henry but intensely loves him at the same time. She has contempt for the children (although her favorite is Richard), but is not willing to see them harmed by Henry. (Age: 61)

John: The youngest son of Henry and Eleanor. Sulky and sullen, and described by many in the play as a spoiled brat, he is pimply and smells of compost. He is Henry's favorite, but also the weakest son. He constantly hesitates throughout the play - not out of cleverness, but fear. He is easily tricked and manipulated by Geoffrey. (Age: 17)

Geoffrey:  Son of Henry and Eleanor, and a man of energy and action. He is attractive, charming and the "brains" of the family. Geoffrey is portrayed as coldly scheming with no personal warmth. His view of himself is of one who yearned greatly for the love of his parents while receiving none. (Age: 25)

Richard the Lionheart:  Eldest son of Henry and Eleanor. He is handsome, graceful and impressive. He has been a famous soldier since his middle teens.  War is his profession and he is good at it. He is the strongest and toughest of the three princes. He has a problematic love / hate relationship with his mother, hiding secrets from her, as well as everyone else.  He is a ticking time bomb. (Age: 26)

Alais Capet:  Beautiful and in love with Henry. Because she seems innocent, everyone underestimates her intellect, power, and ultimate ruthlessness.  (Age: 23)

Philip Capet: King of France. He has been King of France for three years but is not as accomplished as Henry in manipulating people. However, he acquires greater skills at this by observing what happens around him.  He is impressive and handsome without being pretty. (Age: 18)