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Show Details
Preview 4th Nov 11
Opens 15th Nov 11
Closes 28th Jan 12
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs, Sat 2.30 pm

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.




The Lion in Winter was filmed in 1968 film starring Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. It was massive and revived on Broadway in1999.

It's a Royal family Christmas.

Lion in winter, Joanna LumleyHenry II, far less sprightly than he was, thinks it would be nice to invite his ex wife Eleanor of Aquitane, and his three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, to spend the holiday with him. His mistress Princess Alais invites her brother, the young King Philip of France. This is already a mix for a family Christmas which we realise in our modern way is always a strain. This play is suitable for 5 years and over... so historical and thus educational. Bring the family.

Book decent seats for a royal night out

"I am excited to be directing the London premiere of a famous play about a power struggle full of sexual politics and political sex, with two such brilliant actors as Robert Lindsay and Joanna Lumley." - Trevor Nunn

Lion in winter, Robert LindseyTHE STORY

Politics raise their veils as there is a hope that Henry may name his successor as King of England. They want to know but speculation takes an intriguing turn of causing contention between them.


  • Joanna Lumley - Elenor of Aquitaine
  • Robert Lindsey - Henry ll
  • Tom Bateman - Richard
  • Sonya Cassidy - Princess Alais
  • Joseph Drake - John
  • Rory Fleck-Byrne - Philip King of France
  • James Norton - Geoffrey
  • Author - James Goldman
  • Director - Trevor Nunn
  • Play - James Goldman

Lion In Winter, Lindsey & Lumbley

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