Fishburne & Channing Lion In Winter Closes on Bway May 30

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The Roundabout Theatre's revival of The Lion In Winter ended its scheduled run May 30, after 22 previews and 99 regular performances. The production officially opened March 11.

The Roundabout Theatre's revival of The Lion In Winter ended its scheduled run May 30, after 22 previews and 99 regular performances. The production officially opened March 11.

Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing starred in James Goldman's drama about England's politics -- and family politics -- during the reign of Henry II. Fishburne plays the King, Channing was Eleanor of Aquitaine, Michael Mayer directed.

The production opened on time after canceling three previews, having begun performances on the Feb. 20 matinee rather than the originally scheduled Feb. 17. Lion in Winter played at the nonprofit troupe's Stage Right Mainstage on Broadway and had the honor of being the company's last production in that space.

Joining Fishburne and Channing were Keith Nobbs (John), Chuma Hunter Gault (Richard Lionheart), Roger Howarth (Philip), Neal Huff (Geoffrey), and Emily Bergl (Alais), with Jeff Croteau, Dan Maceyak and Benjamin Nurick.

The Roundabout lost its lease at the Criterion Center in Times Square because the landlord chose to exercise a two-year eviction clause in order to take advantage of the booming real estate climate.  

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The Lion in Winter first opened Mar. 3, 1966 at the Ambassador Theatre, and closed May 21. It starred Robert Preston as Henry II and Rosemary Harris as his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. It was later made into a movie starring Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn.

Lion was announced for last season, but star Fishburne had scheduling problems. The eclectic Mayer (Side Man, A View From The Bridge, Stupid Kids, Triumph of Love and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) is directing the romantic drama.

Fishburne last appeared on the New York stage in his own play, Riff Raff, which played at the Circle in the Square Downtown in fall 1995. It was one of the last productions of the now-defunct, Off-Broadway company, Circle Rep. Since then, Fishburne has appeared in a variety of movies, including a film adaptation of Othello. Fishburne might be best known for playing Ike Turner in the bio-pic, "What's Love Got to Do With It?"

Channing is a Broadway veteran, with Six Degrees of Separation, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun and the latest revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes on her resume. She also appeared in Lincoln Center's Hapgood and reached fame playing Rizzo in the film of "Grease."

Nobbs is known for Off-Broadway's Stupid Kids.

Current Roundabout productions include Cabaret (at Studio 54), The Mineola Twins (at the Laura Pels) Ashes to Ashes (at the Gramercy Theatre) and the Broadway transfer of Side Man (at the John Golden Theatre).

For tickets and information on Roundabout shows call (212) 719-1300.

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