Sep 5th to 12th 2020
Written by Friedrich Schiller adapted by Peter Oswald
Directed by Hugh Sorrill
Mary Stuart, one of the great classics of European theatre, depicts the last days of Mary Queen of Scots. Mary Stuart is imprisoned in England for the murder of her husband Darnley but more importantly for her claim to the English throne, which at that time was held by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. The play imagines a meeting between the two rivals and explores the possible conversation between Elizabeth, the cold-hearted politically driven Queen, who will do anything to hold onto her throne and Mary Stuart, the figurehead for Catholic revolutionaries conspiring to overthrow the virgin Queen. Schiller's Mary redeems her youthful crimes through an ordeal that lifts her into realms of spiritual serenity, while Elizabeth descends deeper into rage, revenge and deception. The meeting never really happened but Goethe claimed 'It will be good to see those whores alongside each other.'
Oswald has written this striking new version in a mixture of prose and poetry making for exciting viewing.
Reviews of the play
"I came out of this exhilarating production marvelling... at Schiller's ability to mix private and public worlds and his profound understanding of realpolitik. What you get from this production is not some obscure history lesson but a fast-moving narrative about the imprisoning effect of power." Michael Billington, The Guardian.
"at once thoroughly zeitgeisty and a little subversive." Tony Adler, Chicago Reader.
"A pacy production of a 200-year-old play is without a single weak link" Fiona Rae, Noted.
3 F, 7 M, 3 F/M
- Hugh Sorrill : Director