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For a Queen to stand, a Queen must fall. Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter recreate their acclaimed performances in Friedrich Schiller's account of the relationship between Elizabeth I and her rival and cousin, Mary Queen of Scots.
Broadway welcomes back Tony Award® winner Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter, leading a cast of twelve in Peter Oswald's critically acclaimed new version of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
Seduction, greed and deception lie at the heart of the bitter rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots (Janet McTeer) and her cousin, Elizabeth I of England (Harriet Walter). After being implicated in her husband's murder, Mary turns to Elizabeth for help but finds her cousin distrustful of her motives. Thus begins a bloody feud that will threaten not just their family bond, but the crown of England... Mary Stuart tells the story of two iconic women whose lust for power reveals one of the most thrilling displays of passion and politics the world has ever seen.
Mary Stuart played a sold out run from July 14 through September 3, 2005 at the Donmar Warehouse and later transferred to the Apollo in London’s West End, where it also played a sold out engagement from October 7, 2005 to January 14, 2006.
Reviews were ecstatic. Ben Brantley, New York Times, hailed this production of Mary Stuart as “Ripping. A stage burner of a revival. Mary Stuart is portrayed to a red-blooded fare-thee-well by Janet McTeer. Queen Elizabeth I is portrayed with glittering iciness by Harriet Walter. Mary Stuart has never seemed more pertinent than it does in this vivid incarnation, staged by Phyllida Lloyd.” The Daily Telegraph pronounced it “Exhilirating… Pure Class!” The Times raved, “Terrific Acting, Terrific Theatre, Terrific Schiller”. The Daily Mail called the production “Unforgettable”. The Observer raved, “Phyllida Lloyd has provided a gleaming, intense Mary Stuart . It’s thrillingly staged and acted to the hilt”. The Sunday Times claimed, “Both female leads crackle with the kind of gun-powder charisma that sparks devotion and forments intrigue. In this fine production, every lie, every deception, rings true”.
This is the first Broadway production of Mary Stuart in almost 40 years. Janet McTeer makes her first Broadway appearance since her Tony Award-winning performance in A Doll’s House in 1997. Harriet Walter, who won the 2005 Evening Standard Award for Best Actress for her performance, is returning to Broadway for the first time since the Royal Shakespeare Company’s All’s Well That Ends Well in 1983.
Previews from : 30th March 2009
Opened : 19th April 2009
Limited engagement until : 16th August 2009
Audience: Mary Stuart is appropriate for audiences of all ages . Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Broadhurst Theater.
Run time: 2 hours and 45 minutes with one 15 minute intermissions
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