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50th Anniversary Production of Medieval Drama “The Lion in Winter”

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Rutherfordton – The Rutherford County Arts Council is thrilled to announce the upcoming production of the adult medieval drama “The Lion in Winter,” written by James Goldman and directed by Michael Lee McKinney. This historic theatrical performance marks the 50th anniversary of the play’s initial presentation by the Rutherford County’s Performing Arts Guild in the early 1970s, under the direction of the late Matthew Mcennerney.

As fate would have it, Michael Lee McKinney, the current director of “The Lion in Winter,” finds himself coming full circle, having previously participated in the very same play five decades ago. This serendipitous reunion adds an extra layer of significance to the production.

“The Lion in Winter” takes audiences on a riveting journey through the complex dynamics of a family at odds. Set in medieval times, the play revolves around the aging King Henry II, magnificently portrayed by the talented cast. The royal patriarch, accompanied by his cunning and ambitious sons, finds himself entangled in a web of power struggles and personal conflicts during their holiday gatherings.

As the plot unfolds, viewers are drawn into a world of political maneuvering, as King Henry II must carefully navigate his relationships with his children and two influential love interests. The play offers a perfect blend of humor and heart-wrenching moments, showcasing the depth of human emotions and the complexities of familial bonds. Audiences can expect to be enthralled by the sharp, witty dialogue and nuanced performances that bring the characters to life.

With its captivating storyline and rich historical backdrop, “The Lion in Winter” promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience. From the tense confrontations between father and sons to the intricate dance of power and manipulation, the play delves into the depths of human nature, showcasing the timeless themes of love, betrayal, and ambition. Prepare to be captivated by the clever humor that lightens the dramatic moments, creating a tapestry of emotions that will resonate long after the final curtain falls.

The three captivating performances of “The Lion in Winter” will take place at the historic Maple Street Theatre, located at 132 Maple St in Rutherfordton, NC. Theater enthusiasts can mark their calendars for the weekend of October 20-22 to witness this extraordinary production. The performance schedule is as follows:

– Friday, October 20 at 7:00 PM

– Saturday, October 21 at 7:00 PM

– Sunday, October 22 at 3:00 PM

General admission tickets will be available at the door, offering a convenient option for those who prefer to make spontaneous theater plans. Additionally, tickets can also be purchased in advance on tix.com, ensuring a guaranteed spot in this highly anticipated show.

Rutherford County Arts Council takes pride in bringing exceptional theatrical experiences to the community, and “The Lion in Winter” promises to be an unforgettable journey into medieval intrigue, power, and familial dynamics. Don’t miss your chance to witness the brilliance of this timeless play as it graces the stage once again.