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Cast members from "The Lion in Winter," playing at Pioneer Theatre Company through Jan. 19. PTC is offering free tickets for its final three performances to furloughed government employees.

SALT LAKE CITY — As the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues, Utah's Pioneer Theatre Company is offering free tickets for its historical drama, "The Lion in Winter," to affected federal employees.

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"The Lion in Winter" follows the personal and political conflicts of Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine during a tumultuous period in 1183. The play became an instant classic after premiering on Broadway in 1966, and the film version later starred Peter O'Toole and Katharine Hepburn, who won an Oscar for her role. Deseret News reviewer Cristy Meiners called PTC's run a "handsome production (that) does justice to the whole power-hungry, fictionalized group."

Employees who present a federal ID or federal pay stub may recieve up to two tickets for the remaining performances on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

The performances will take place at the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East.

The offer is not retroactive to previously purchased tickets. Those who are interested can call 801-581-6961, Monday-Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for more information.