Lion in Winter

We are sad to report that the performances of The Lion in Winter will be postponed. The current Covid virus surge is coinciding with the time of our rehearsals and performances, and it is very contagious. One cast member is already mildly sick with the virus, and another has some particular medical vulnerabilities. For the safety of our cast and the audience, we think that January will not be a good time to do the show. Performances had been scheduled for January 14-23, 2022.

We now plan to present Lion in Winter in June 2022. The venue will be at the American Legion in Saugus, if indoor performances can be safely done. If not, then we can perform outdoors, as was done last June 2021 with the successful TCS production of Much Ado About Nothing. Stay tuned!

Those who have bought tickets to the January performances can get refunds; they will be contacted soon.

The Theatre Company of Saugus is pleased to announce its collaboration with The Psych Drama Company, in their presentation of The Lion in Winter, in January 2022. The Lion in Winter is the classic historical play by James Goldman, about King Henry II of England and his meeting with his queen, mistress, children, and rival king at his castle in Chinon, France during Christmas in the year 1183. Who shall succeed him as king? All three sons want to be the one, but how can Henry choose only one without making the others his enemies?

Best known from the movie version starring Peter O’Toole and Kathryn Hepburn, The Lion in Winter is at turns dramatic and comic. The Psych Drama presentation will be immersive, seating the audience in the various rooms of the castle so that they get a close up look at the action from the perspective of the characters, while at the same time being socially distanced from the other sections of the audience.

Psych Drama has been rehearsing this play since April 2020, with the intention of being ready to present it in person when theaters reopened. Now that time has finally come, after over a year and a half! Needless to say, the show is ready! In the meantime, an audio radio-play version was recorded, and that was streamed in December 2020. Click here to read rave press reviews of the radio play, and an exclusive press interview including discussion of the journey of the show from radio drama to fully realized production.

To learn more about The Psych Drama Company, please visit their website ThePsychDramaCompany.com.

The Psych Drama cast and staff for The Lion in Winter features several Theatre Company of Saugus veterans: Henry is played by Brian Dion, and Eleanor by Wendy Lippe, both of whom have been in several TCS shows. The direction is by TCS veteran Larry Segel, along with his co-director Wendy Lippe. The radio play version also included TCS members Jacqui DiGenio as Alais, and Ryan Perry as Philip.

The cast of the January 2022 in-person presentation includes:

  • Brian Dion as King Henry II
  • Wendy Lippe as Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Tim Etzel as Richard the Lionheart
  • Zachary McConnell as Geoffrey
  • Michael Mazzone as John
  • Caitlin Cremins as Alais
  • Norman Dubois as Philip

The Psych Drama Company provides the show, and the Theatre Company of Saugus provides the production elements and front of house services. Both companies will share in any profits from ticket sales. If you would like to help out with the show behind the scenes, or want to buy ads in the program, please contact us at tcsaugus@gmail.com.

Tickets will be $25, and are now on sale. Visit our Tickets page. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, on January 14, 15, 21, 22, with Sunday matinees at 3:00 PM on January 16 & 23, 2022. The venue is the American Legion Post 210 at 44 Taylor Street, Saugus, Massachusetts.