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The last date listed for Mary Stuart was Sunday October 2, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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Excellent play. Excellent acting by entire cast. The exquisite period costumes for Queen Elizabeth and Mary Stuart contrasted with the contemporary clothing for other roles helped keep the scenes spare with the focus on the content and relationships. After my initial confusion, I really liked that choice.
In this play, Elizabeth, is a powerful and just ruler who feels personally enslaved by the duties of her position, including the pressure to marry against her will in order to provide England with stability and an heir to the throne. Nineteen years earlier, her catholic sister, Queen Mary fled Scotland and sought amnesty from Q.Elizabeth in protestant England. Threatened that Q. Mary might lead a Catholic insurgency and attempt to claim the throne, Q. Elizabeth imprisoned her.
Now Q. Elizabeth must decide the fate of her sister who has been sentenced to death for inciting rebellion. Q. Elizabeth knows that her legacy depends on her decision. As a female, she is expected to be merciful and pardon her. If she does not, she will be despised as a tyrant. But, if she lets Mary live, the Catholic movement will grow and threaten her protestant throne. She seeks counsel from her various counselors, not knowing who she can trust, who is acting in self interest, and/ or who might be aiding the rebels.
Although the play is called Mary Stuart, and Mary is the rallying point for the rebels, Q.Elizabeth seems to be the more complex and central role. If you like history, politics and social issues, do not miss this most excellent play!! ** not necessarily historically accurate.
Anne Allgood: Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, a prisoner in England
Allan Michael Barlow: Sir Amias Paulet, Knight, guardian of Mary
Suzanne Bouchard: Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England
Dale Bowers: The Earl of Kent/Guard
Joshua Carter: Mortimer, nephew to Paulet
Peter Crook: William Cecil, Lord Burleigh, High Treasurer
Bradford Farwell: Count Aubespine, the French Ambassador/Sheriff
Allen Fitzpatrick: George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury
Alex Garnett: O’Kelly, friend to Mortimer/Guard
Jon Lutyens: Page/Guard/Drury
Terry Edward Moore: Melvil, Mary’s house steward
Marianne Owen: Hanna Kennedy, Mary’s nurse and confidante
John Ulman: William Davison, Secretary of State/Guard
R. Hamilton Wright: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
*Cast current at publication, but subject ot change without notice.