Mary Stuart, by Friedrich Schiller,
newly adapted by Peter Oswald
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Nominated for seven Tony awards in 2009, Peter Oswald's "juicy new translation" of Freidrich Schiller's play, Mary Stuart, imagines the ferocious collision of power and ego between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England--one of the "most storied rivalries in... history." The meeting never happened, but, as Goethe said, "It will be good to see those two whores alongside each other." Unfolding in a richly woven web of plots and betrayals and culminating in a face-to-face between the two royal firebrands, this political thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat. Friedrich Schiller's play gained infamous classic status because of his brazen expose of the manipulations and treachery of the Tudor dynasty, especially in this epic conflict between two "female kings."
Peter Oswald's new translation was given a run at the Donmar Warehouse in 2005. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Janet McTeer as Mary, Queen of Scots and Harriet Walter as Elizabeth of England, the production transferred to the Apollo Theatre in London's West End, where it also played a sold-out engagement from late 2005 into January 2006. The production opened on Broadway on 30 March 2009 (previews), officially 19 April, for a limited engagement through mid-August. It earned seven Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Play.
"Ripping. A stage burner of a rival... Mary Stuart is a red-blooded fare-thee-well... Queen Elizabeth, glitteringly icy... a vivid incarnation" (Ben Brantley, NYT).
"Both female leads crackle with gun-powder charisma... every lie, every deception, rings true" (Sunday Times).
"...gleaming, intense, thrilling..." (The Observer).
"Exhilarating... Pure class!" (The Daily Telegraph)