Has anyone out there seen a stage version of The Lion in Winter? The original movie with O'Toole and Hepburn is one of my favorite films of all time - definitely in the top 5! I'm just curious...

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I actually had the priviledge of playing Eleanor in a production of the play.  I am no Kathrine Hepburn but I gave it my best shot.  I did enjoy playing her but it is not an easy part.  Eleanor runs the gambit of emotions especially in her big scene with Henry. 

In the beginning of the scene she feels defeated.  The fight has gone out of her but it doesn't take Henry long to bring her back to life so to speak.  There are tender moments but ultimately they hurl angry insults at each other.  Part of their love is inflicting pain on each other it would seem.  I enjoyed getting emotionally involved with this complex and wonderful woman. 

I still remember my favorite line.  "What sort of spindly, ricket ridden, milky, semi witted, wizeneded, dim eyed, gamby handed limpy line of things will you beget?"     

 

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Ah, yes...there are some of the best lines ever written in that play...and you're absolutely right - Hepburn beat Glenn Close by a mile!  I like Glenn Close just fine in other things, but not something that was made so outstandingly marvelous like The Lion in Winter with Katherine Hepburn! :)

"You know something, Henry...I don't much like our children."  Just deadpan...hysterical! :)

Thanks for the reply!

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Has anyone out there seen a stage version of The Lion in Winter? The original movie with O'Toole and Hepburn is one of my favorite films of all time - definitely in the top 5! I'm just curious what seeing it on stage is like.  Thanks!

I haven't seen a stage version, but I did try to watch the remake with Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close--inferior! How could anyone possibly be as good as Katherine Hepburn at saying the line, "There'll be pork in the treetops come morning"? And my very favorite line is right after Eleanor has taunted Henry about having slept with his father, and Henry curses and storms out. Eleanor/Katherine just shakes her head and says, "Well, every family has its bad days." And to cast Anthony Hopkins as Richard. With a nickname like Lionheart, you'd expect the actor to look like a Greek god, but short and pudgy Anthony Hopkins??? Wonderful!

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