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BLT's Finale, 'The Lion In Winter,' Snarls Into Your Heart - Brevard NC


December 3, 2018

Kai Elijah Hamilton as Henry II and Jennifer Memolo as Eleanor bring emotional depth to their battle royale in BLT's "The Lion in Winter." (Photo by Steve Rose)

I think it is fair to surmise that if a theatre group is going to mount a production of "The Lion In Winter," they must know that, for better or worse, they must compete with the specter of that iconic 1968 Oscar-winning film. The movie starred Peter O'Toole as the aged King Henry II and Katherine Hepburn as his long-imprisoned viper, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Set during Christmas 1183, the James Goldman play follows the mental and political gamesmanship between Henry II, Eleanor, their three children, Henry's mistress and the King of France.

With tongues sharper than swords, the grou...

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