Characters: 5 male, 2 female
King Henry II of England has three sons by Eleanor of Aquitaine:
Richard, Geoffrey, and John. He wants the kingdom to stay united
after his death, but all three sons want to rule and it is likely
to be torn apart by revolution. Henry favors the youngest John,
while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes
to play both ends against each other and come out on top. Henry
would like to have another heir by his mistress Alais, but that
would only add to the confusion. Uneasy is the head on which the
crown lies, and uneasy the truce between a matchless king and
queen. Often revived, this play was the basis of the Oscar-winning
film which starred Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn.
"A work of intelligence, astringent wit, and much theatrical
skill."-The New York Times
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