“The Lion in Winter” Tickets ON SALE NOW!

Brazosport Center Stages’ production of “The Lion in Winter” is slated for January 21-23 and 28-30 and tickets are on sale now! Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 PM, while Sunday matinees are at 2:30 PM.

Set during Christmas 1183, the play tells the wickedly amusing tale of King Henry II, his imprisoned queen (released only for the holiday), and their three entitled sons who vie for the throne in a double-dealing division of the kingdom.

This viciously funny drama is a high-stakes chess game where the pieces constantly change sides and no one is spared the sword. Brace yourself for an epic family takedown!

Cast announced for Brazosport Center Stages’ “The Lion in Winter”

Brazosport Center Stages is producing “The Lion in Winter” as its fourth show of the 2021-2022 season, slated for January 21-23 and 28-30.

Auditions were held earlier this week, and director Judi James has announced the cast.

English royalty:

King Henry – Devon J. Smith

Queen Eleanor – Susan Moss

Prince Richard – Craig Fritz

Prince Geoffrey – Jeremy Warren

Prince John – Christian Mayo

French royalty:

King Philip – Cullen Brooks

Princess Alais – Lisa Chapa


Co-director: Connie Marshall

Producers: Lauri Cherian and Irenna Garapetian

Scenic design: Keith Plowman


“This is a really able cast of both Center veterans and newcomers,” James says. “I’m looking forward to the creative process. What is great about theater is that you don’t have to have all the ideas or answers. It’s about collaboration.”

As for “The Lion in Winter”, James believes even a modern audience will connect with the story set in the 12th century.

“It’s a humorous look at the lives and reigns of the first Plantagenet kings and royal family…their foibles, fights and relationships,” she explains. “It’s a story based in history and an extremely studied part of history at that. It’s fast-moving and follows the true story of the family in very modern language.

“These are certainly some of the most remarkable characters of the early medieval times. They fight and court their way throughout the story, which is really about their love, passions and conflicts.”

Auditions for Brazosport Center Stages’ “The Lion in Winter” slated for November 15 & 17

Auditions for The Lion in Winter will be held in the Dow Arena Theater at The Center from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM on Monday, November 15 & Wednesday, November 17.

Cast needs: 5 males (both teens and adults) and 2 women (one younger woman and one older woman)

Seven characters, all nobles of great power and among the most famous individuals of medieval Europe, struggle to name the next king of England.

A thousand years ago in the kingdom of England, a warrior king and his wife and rival struggle for control of their country’s future. Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine maneuver against each other to position their favorite son in line for succession.

By imagining the inner lives of King Henry, Queen Eleanor, their three sons: John, Geoffrey and Richard, the French King Philip and his sister Alais, The Lion in Winter is drama of family strife and competing ambitions, a work that gives visceral, modern-day relevance to the intrigues of ancient England.

Sides are available in The Center office.