Tom Bateman, Sonya Cassidy, Joseph Drake, Rory Fleck-Byrne and James Norton also appear in the cast, which sees a family Christmas become a family at war. Henry II, not so young as he was, invites his estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitane, and his three sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, to spend the festive season with him, his mistress Princess Alais, and her brother, the young King Philip of France.
Will Henry name who is to be his successor as King of England? The family's yuletide celebration turns into a combat zone of deceit, betrayal, bitter power games and scabrous wit.
The show's producers have today (10 November 2011) released images of the production, with striking set and costume design by Stephen Brimson Lewis.