Audition Announcement!



Written by James Goldman

Directed by Elisabeth Hostetter, PhD

Audition Date: Monday, December 16th, starting at 6:30pm
Callbacks (as needed, by invitation only) will be held on Wednesday, December 18th

Show Dates: March 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22 (Please note, there are student matinee performances on March 11, 13, and 18.)

The Ritz Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions (Age 17-Mid 60s) for our upcoming production of The Lion in Winter by James Goldman. Please see the character breakdown to find out which role is age appropriate. For those granted an audition, you will be asked to prepare a 1-2 minute classical or dramatic monologue that best shows your range of emotion. All those wishing to be considered for an audition should forward a headshot & resume to David M. Mooney, Casting Director at The Ritz Theatre Company, via email at (must have “Lion Submission” in subject line). Submission Deadline is 5 p.m. on December 13th, 2019.

**Please note – ALL ROLES ARE OPEN and will receive a modest stipend.**


The Lion in Winter is set in 1173 and focuses on power, deception, love, and intrigue on a familial and global scale through a heightened depiction of King Henry II of England as he battles his Queen and scheming offspring to secure a solid line of royal succession for his country. The script gained broad appeal when it was made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn.


Henry II, King of England (Age 45-65): The king of England, Henry is the husband of Eleanor of Aquitaine and the father of Richard, Geoffrey, and John. He also has taken Alais Capet as his mistress. In his fifties, Henry is nearing the years when most men of that age died; however, he still has remarkable vigor and wit, as well as physical prowess. His clear favorite for his successor is his son, John, but his main desire is to keep his kingdom together after his death.

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England (Age 37-60): The wife of Henry II and mother of Richard, Geoffrey, and John, Eleanor is a strong and powerful woman in her own right. She is still beautiful and still in many ways in love with her husband, although he keeps her in prison most of the time. She is a danger to Henry because of her strength and intelligence; and she champions the fight for Richard to be the next king.

John (Age 17-22): The youngest of the three sons of Henry and Eleanor, John is described as pimply and an immature boy. He is, however, his father’s choice for the crown, and he uses this knowledge in taunting his two brothers.

Geoffrey (Age 20-25): The middle son of Henry and Eleanor, Geoffrey has no one fighting for his right to any throne, and he usually accepts his fate, but this does rankle him that he usually is not considered—in any matters of the heart or family. He is described as the most cerebral of the three boys.

Richard (Age 23-30): The oldest of the three sons of Henry and Eleanor, Richard in later life becomes known as Richard the Lion Heart. He is his mother’s choice for the next king, and is probably the best warrior of the three sons.

Alais Capet (Age 22-35): The sister of Philip Capet, Alais is of the royal blood of France and would thus, through a contracted marriage with Richard, ally the two strong countries of France and England. She was raised as a child by Eleanor, and is the mistress of Henry. She is no less a pawn in the machinations of Henry and Eleanor than are their sons.

Philip Capet, King of France (Age 19-27): Philip is also the brother of Alais. He is young, but has already become a strong monarch, although no match for Henry. His desire is to marry Alais to Richard and have Richard crowned king, thus cementing a relationship between the two countries.