Henley Street Theater’s “The Lion in Winter” 

Thursday, Feb. 5 through Feb. 28

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Chris Smith

Question: In what year and for what play did English actress Rosemary Harris win her first Tony Award? Answer: 1966, for her starring role as Eleanor of Aquitaine in “The Lion in Winter.” Henley Street Theater’s production of the James Goldman play, which depicts the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England, opens Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The dark comedy, directed by Jon Kretzu, marks the first time in 13 years that a production’s been held in the Leslie Cheek Theater. It stars David Bridgewater as Henry II and Melissa Johnson Price in the role of Eleanor, for which Katharine Hepburn won an Academy Award in the 1968 film. The meditation on the power struggles of medieval royals is a timely reminder that some things haven’t changed since 1183. Call 340-0115 or visit henleystreettheatre.org. Through Feb. 28.


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