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November 12, 2016 - December 4, 2016

By James Goldman
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli




Doesn't every family Christmas end in war?

“Well – what shall we hang? The holly or each other?” Set during Christmas 1183, this great American classicfilled with ruthless scheming, deception and romanceis the ultimate fight for the throne. Join Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons for a sharp-tongued and witty look at how dysfunctional the royal family can be.

Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes (including one 15-minute intermission)





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Noah Averbach-Katz
Noah Averbach-Katz


Regional: Bad Jews (Studio Theater); My Name Is Asher Lev (Portland Stage); Dracula, The Bachelors (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Othello (dir. Pam MacKinnon), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Education: Juilliard, UC Santa Cruz.

Michael Cumpsty
Michael Cumpsty

Henry II

Has appeared in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Absurd Person Singular, Present Laughter, and Much Ado about Nothing at Two River Theater, where he also directed Third. On Broadway Michael has appeared in Machinal, The Winslow Boy, End of the Rainbow (Tony nomination) Sunday in the Park with George, The Constant Wife, Democracy, Enchanted April, 42nd Street, Copenhagen, Electra, 1776, Racing Demon, The Heiress, Translations, Timon of Athens (Bayfield Award), La Bête and Artist Descending a Staircase. His Off-Broadway credits include Hamlet (Obie Award), Richard II and Richard III (all for Classic Stage Company); Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Cymbeline and The Winter’s Tale (all for the New York Shakespeare Festival); and Body of an American (with Primary Stages and Hartford Stage). He has appeared in many of America’s premiere regional theaters. He played Leontes in The Winter’s Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company at their home in Stratford-upon-Avon. Michael has played recurring roles on Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie and Star Trek: Voyager, and was a series regular on L.A. Law. His other TV credits include Red Oaks, The OA, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Law & Order, and Elementary. His film credits include Eat Pray Love, Wall Street 2, Starting Out in the Evening, The Ex, Flags of our Fathers, The Visitor, The Ice Storm, Fatal Instinct, State of Grace, Downtown Express and the forthcoming Collateral Beauty.

Dee Hoty
Dee Hoty

Eleanor of Aquitaine

A three-time Tony nominee for her starring roles in Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, and The Will Rogers Follies. The last two Broadway seasons have seen her featured performances in Bright Star and Gigi. Dee starred on Broadway and in eight major U.S. cities as Donna in Mamma Mia!. More Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie (Roundabout), City of Angels (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Me and My Girl, Big River, The Five O’Clock Girl and Shakespeare’s Cabaret. Other highlights: Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Off-Broadway); tours of 9 to 5, Barnum; Other Desert Cities (St. Louis Rep); Rich Girl (George Street Playhouse, Cleveland Play House); Phyllis in Follies at Paper Mill (cast recording); Kay Thompson in Stormy Weather (Barrymore Award, LA Ovation Award). Numerous film/television appearances include Elementary, Smash, Law & Order, L&O: Criminal Intent. Otterbein College graduate/Honorary Doctorate. Proud member Actors’ Equity. Twitter: @deehoty.

KeiLyn Durrel Jones
KeiLyn Durrel Jones


Off Broadway: Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare in the Park), Lone Star Spirits (Crowded Outlet, dir. Wes Grantom). Regional; Love in the Wars (Bard SummerScape, dir. Ken Rus Schmoll); Yellowman (Henley Street Theatre); Las Meninas (Rep Stage); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (HCC Arts Collective); Fences (Laurel Mill Playhouse). Film/TV: Gina & Me, Good Deeds (short), Roulette (short), Jessica Jones (Netflix), The Path (Hulu), High Maintenance (HBO), Elementary (CBS), Time After Time (ABC). A proud member of the 52nd Street Project.

Ronald Peet
Ronald Peet


Recent New York: Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Page 73), LOVEPLAY/PLAYMONEY (La MaMa), Tilly the Trickster (Atlantic Theater Company), I'll Never Love Again (Drama League), Boats And (Ars Nova), Debutante (Ars Nova), and New Saloon’s I'm Miserable but Change Scares Me (The Brick). Regional: peerless (Barrington Stage), The Golem of Havana (Miami New Drama, Barrington Stage); 30 roles in 13 plays over three seasons at the American Shakespeare Center. Upcoming film/TV: Girls, Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories, Dianne Dreyer’s Change in the Air. Training: NYU Tisch.

Hubert Point-Du Jour
Hubert Point-Du Jour


Some of Hubert’s stage work includes Sojourners (The Playwrights Realm), The Model Apartment (Primary Stages), Angels in America (Signature Theatre), A Fable (Rattlestick), 365 Days/365 Plays (Public Theater), Nightlands (New Georges), The Tempest (Target Margin), Every Angel Is Brutal (Clubbed Thumb), and the Obie-winning plays A Beautiful Day...Great Lakes (Women’s Project/New Georges) and A Map of Virtue (13P). Select regional credits are Two Gentleman of Verona (The Old Globe), Blue Door (Seattle Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and A Raisin in the Sun (Westport Country Playhouse directed by Phylicia Rashad). Television appearances include The Path (Hulu), Happyish (Showtime), The Good Wife (CBS), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Over/Under (USA), and Black Jack (Comedy Central pilot). He can be seen in the upcoming films Trouble by Theresa Rebeck and Beat-up Little Seagull opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. He trained at NYU, attended the Long Island School for the Arts and is an award recipient with YoungArts.

Madeleine Rogers
Madeleine Rogers


A 2016 graduate of Juilliard Drama Division, where she played Thomasina in Arcadia, Dolores in Still, Ruth in Everything Is Wonderful, Chickie in In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Escalus in Measure for Measure. Regional: Rachel in My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Northwest Classical Theatre Company), Meg in A Wrinkle in Time (Oregon Children’s Theater), Girl in Blackbird (Artists Repertory Theatre).

James Goldman


James Goldman (Playwright) (1927-1998) was an American playwright, novelist, and screenwriter, honored with an Academy Award for the screen adaptation of his own play The Lion in Winter. He was also the author of the screenplays for Robin and Marion, Nicholas and Alexandra, and White Nights, and the book for Stephen Sondheim’s stage musical Follies. Mr. Goldman was born in Chicago and was a graduate of the University of Chicago; he began postgraduate work at Columbia University in music criticism until he was drafted into the army during World War II. In 1961 his whimsical play They Might Be Giants (about a man who believes he is Sherlock Holmes and is attended by a psychiatrist named Dr. Watson) was produced by Joan Littlewood in London and 10 years later was turned into a film starring George C. Scott and Joanne Woodward, directed by Anthony Harvey, who also directed the 1968 film version of A Lion in Winter. Mr. Goldman's first play on Broadway was a comedy about life in the army, Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole (1961), written with his brother William. Other work includes A Family Affair, a collaboration with John Kander, starring Shelley Berman; Evening Primrose (1966), his second collaboration with Mr. Sondheim; Oliver Twist (1982), Anna Karenina (1985), Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna (1986), and Tolstoy (1996). Mr. Goldman’s novels include The Man from Greek and Roman (1974), Myself as Witness (1980), and Fulton County (1989).

Tyne Rafaeli


Tyne Rafaeli (Director) was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Columbia University. She has directed classics, new plays and musicals in London and the US. Her work has been seen at Classic Stage Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Stage & Film, Playwrights Realm, Goodspeed, Juilliard, Great Lakes Theater, American Players Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and PlayPenn, amongst others. Tyne is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater and was awarded the 2013-14 SDCF Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classical Direction. She has served as Associate Director on The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy (all Broadway), Women on the Verge (London’s West End), and she directed the 1st US National Tour of The Bridges of Madison County. Upcoming projects: The Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company) and My Fair Lady (PlayMakers Rep).

Kristen Robinson

Scenic Designer

Kristen Robinson (Scenic Designer) is a NYC-based set designer whose work ranges from site-specific installations to outdoor Shakespeare. Her design for Westport Country Playhouse’s Nora has been featured in Chance magazine issue 4, and her design for Rapture, Blister, Burn won the 2015 Barrymore Award for Best Set Design. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her MFA from Yale. Recent credits include: Chasing Rainbows (Goodspeed Musicals), Motherstruck (Studio Theatre), Sincerity Project (Team Sunshine Performance Corporation/Philadelphia Fringe Festival), Ethel (Alliance Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater), Heart of Darkness (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Minor Character (The Invisible Dog). You can see her work at

Andrea Hood

Costume Designer

Andrea Hood (Costume Designer). Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night (The Public Theater/Shakespeare in the Park); Romeo & Juliet (The Public Theater); Love and Information (New York Theatre Workshop, Lortel Award nomination); A Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello (Classic Stage Company); Death of the Liberal Class (The New Ohio). Regional: Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Glimmerglass Festival. Upcoming: My Fair Lady (PlayMakers Rep), The Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company).

Jennifer Tipton

Lighting Designer

Jennifer Tipton (Lighting Designer) is well known for her work in theater, dance and opera. In theater, her recent work includes Richard Nelson’s The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, at The Public Theater in New York. Her recent work in opera includes Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette directed by Bart Sher at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her recent work in dance includes Alexei Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy for American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Tipton teaches lighting at the Yale School of Drama. She received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2001, the Jerome Robbins Prize in 2003 and in April 2004 the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture in New York City. In 2008 she was made a United States Artists “Gracie” Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow.

Josh Schmidt

Sound Designer

Josh Schmidt (Sound Designer) is thrilled to make his debut at Two River. As Composer/Co-Author: A Minister’s Wife (Lincoln Center), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane), Whida Peru (59E59), Gift of the Magi (American Players Theatre). Incidental scores: When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center), Fifty Words (MCC). As Composer/Sound Designer: Broadway: Thérèse Raquin, House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Off-Broadway: Dinner with Friends (Roundabout), Model Apartment (Primary Stages), 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic), Water By the Spoonful (Second Stage), Crime and Punishment (59E59), others. Chicago: Steppenwolf, Goodman, Writers Theatre, Northlight, Next Theatre Company, Seanachai, others. London: Adding Machine (Finborough Theatre). Regional: over 200 productions at venues across the country including Stratford Shakespeare Festival (three seasons), Philadelphia Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Rep, Alley, Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Rep, South Coast Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, American Players Theatre (14 seasons), Milwaukee Rep, others. Commissions: Metropolitan Opera, RKO, CraneKahn, Groundswell, Playwrights Horizons, Signature (VA). Recordings: Adding Machine, A Minister’s Wife (both released on PS Classics and available on ITunes, Amazon, etc.). Associate Artist: Alley, Writers Theatre. Member: ASCAP. Awards/recognition: Lortel, Outer Critics, Jeff, ASCAP, NEA/TCG, Prague Quadrennial 2007, Sundance Theatre Lab UCross 2012. Upcoming: world premiere of Midwestern Gothic at Signature (VA).

David Bova

Hair and Makeup Designer

David Bova (Hair and Makeup Designer) Broadway: Violet, The Real Thing. Off-Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine; Here Lies Love; Booty Candy; The Killer. Other: Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical (Dallas Theater Center); Marie Antoinette, Last of the Boys (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Guys and Dolls, The Taming of the Shrew (Great Lakes Theater Festival). Opera: Central City Opera Company 2012-15, Bard SummerScape 2014, and Sarasota Opera Fall 2014. Tours: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; The Addams Family; Camelot; Rock of Ages; Spamalot.

J. Steven White

Fight Director

J. Steven White (Fight Director) is pleased to return to Two River (where he previously fight directed Lives of Reason, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, Camelot, As You Like It, and On Borrowed Time) and to be working again with his former colleagues from productions at The Public Theater, where his fight work has been seen in 22 shows including Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, King Lear, A Language of Their Own, and Cymbeline with Liev Schreiber and Michael C. Hall, whom Mr. White trained at NYU Graduate Acting. Broadway includes The Pillowman, Bombay Dreams, Uncle Vanya, A View from the Bridge, Golden Child, The Lion in Winter with Laurence Fishburne, All My Sons, as well as Shogun: The Musical (Assistant Director). His fights have been seen on the stages of every major New York theater including MTC, CSC, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, and the Irish Repertory Theatre. He has worked at McCarter on six productions including The Convert. He is the fencing master for the Tulsa Ballet where he staged the fencing sequences in Edwaard Liang’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Mr. White spent 11 seasons at American Conservatory Theater, where he began his teaching career 44 years ago. He is on the faculties of the Stella Adler Studio and the Graduate Acting Program at NYU-Tisch. He wants to go on record that he is in love with Red Bank and the Jersey Shore.

Jack Doulin + Sharky


Jack Doulin + Sharky (Casting) Jack has been the Casting Director at New York Theatre Workshop since 2000. Productions include: Love and Information, Peter and the Starcatcher, Homebody/Kabul, Far Away, A Number, Hedda Gabler, The Misanthrope, and The Little Foxes. Other NYC highlights include two notable productions of Uncle Vanya: André Gregory’s production with Julianne Moore and Wallace Shawn (filmed by Louis Malle as Vanya on 42nd Street), and Annie Baker’s adaptation with Reed Birney, Maria Dizzia, and Michael Shannon directed by Sam Gold. For SoHo Rep: Blasted, A Public Reading...Disney, Marie Antoinette. Film: New Orleans, Mon Amour directed by Michael Almereyda and Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder and the forthcoming What the Night Can Do. Sharky, also known as Taylor Williams, serves as the Casting Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. Together they recently cast: Oklahoma! (Bard SummerScape), Scenes from a Marriage (NYTW), You Got Older (P73), City of Conversation (Arena Stage), An Octoroon (Soho Rep and TFANA), Red Speedo (NTYW), Hadestown (NYTW), and the current production of Othello (NYTW) directed by Sam Gold.

Jenny Kennedy

Production Stage Manager

Jenny Kennedy (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: The King and I, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Red. Off Broadway: The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre); A Minister’s Wife, When I Come to Die (Lincoln Center Theater); Mr. & Mrs. Fitch (Second Stage Theatre); various productions with The Play Company, All For One Theater, Retro Productions, Baryshnikov Arts Center. Regional: In the Body of the World (American Repertory Theater); various productions with Kavinoky Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre; 10 seasons with Chautauqua Theater Company.


playWinter is Coming 11.12.16

Winter is Coming 11.12.16

playLion in Winter - trailer

Lion in Winter - trailer

playOpening Night Coverage for THE LION IN WINTER

Opening Night Coverage for THE LION IN WINTER

playOn the Air with Steve Adubato

On the Air with Steve Adubato

Steve interviews Michael Cumpsty


The Short & Sweet: Click below for more info!



September 2, 2016 - Much to remember, on stage in September, The Asbury Park Press / Tom Chesek

September 12, 2016 - 16-17 Plays to Look Forward to in the 2016/17 Season, / Jay Lustig

September 20, 2016 - Two Tony Nominees Head Cast of Two River Theater's LION IN WINTER, / Andrew Gans

January 14, 2015 - Everyone Keeps Comparing Empire to King Lear, But The Lion in Winter Is Its True Predecessor, / Craig D. Lindsey

January 21, 2015 - Is 'Empire' Based On 'The Lion In Winter'? 'King Lear' Isn't The Only Play Fox's Drama Draws From, / Leah Thomas

October 31, 2016 - BWW Interview: Ronald Peet in LION IN WINTER at Two River Theater,

November 4, 2016 - Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE LION IN WINTER with Michael Cumpsty & Dee Hoty at Two River Theater, / BWW News Desk

November 10, 2016 - 'The Lion in Winter' just in time for Yuletide at Two River Theater, The Asbury Park Press / Tom Chesek

November 12, 2016 - Two River Theater Explores Political Power and Succession With The Lion in Winter, / Jason Zednick

November 3, 2016 - LIFESTYLE PEOPLE: LAUREN KURINSKAS, The Two River Times / Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen

November 16, 2016 - Two River’s “The Lion in Winter” Offers a Historical Reflection of 2016 Themes, New Jersey Stage / Brent Johnson,

November 15, 2016 - 5 shares Two River's new take 'The Lion in Winter': King Henry II by way of Donald Trump, The Star-Ledger / Natalie Pompilio

November 16, 2016 - Photo Flash: First Look at Michael Cumpsty, Dee Hoty and More in THE LION IN WINTER at Two River Theater, / BWW News Desk

November 17, 2016 - Photos From "The Lion In Winter", New Jersey Stage

December 11, 2016 - Theater hosts of evening of caroling and crafts, The Asbury Park Press / Ilana Keller