Mary Stuart is an enthralling window into the lives of two powerful women of very different natures: Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England – cousins but not friends.
Following an uprising, Mary has fled Scotland only to be imprisoned for treason at Fotheringhay Castle in England at Elizabeth’s orders. Elizabeth feels threatened – Mary is younger, more beloved, and with her own claim to the throne. Though equally headstrong, the two women’s views on life couldn’t be more different – one calculating and tactical, the other rash and passionate.
The question now is whether Elizabeth will release Mary or execute her. As the men around them scheme and switch loyalties to pursue their own ends, the two queens struggle to maintain autonomy. Elizabeth seems to have the power, but Mary has a final card to play…
Mary Stuart, 5 Feb – 2 Mar 2019, Rosyln Packer Theatre
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