Family drama in perfect setting

The Lion in Winter @ St Margaret's Church, King's Lynn

The Lion in Winter @ St Margaret's Church, King's Lynn

By LISA POWELL

The stunning surroundings of St Margaret's was the perfect setting for the brilliant performance of James Goldman's classic.

It was made famous by the film starring Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole and Anthony Hopkins.

The performance by newly formed drama group Ad Hoc Production portrayed beautifully the long standing battle between Henry II and his estranged wife Eleanor, who fight for control over their three surviving sons and the throne.

Richard Abel in the part of Henry was every inch a king, out to connive and manipulate to ensure his choice of son would eventually be his successor.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine was given an outstanding portrayal by well-known local thespian Elaine Johnson.

The audience's emotions were taken on a roller coaster ride as the love-hate relationship intensified between the two leads, spurred on by their differing affections for their three sons played by Dan Curtis (Richard, later the Lionheart), Dave Lebourn (Geoffrey) and Katy Steer (John).

A wonderful performance was given by Ruth Dack as French princess Alais.

Her loyalty and genuine love for Henry could not have been more convincing.

With a small backstage crew, scene changes were carried out with the utmost professionalism and all the actors won the battle against the difficult acoustics of the huge church.

t For those wishing to see this wonderful performance, it will be staged again this evening, June 16, at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 are available by phoning 01553 673879 or 670772, or on the door. Proceeds in aid of St Margaret's Church and East.

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