‘Mary Stuart’ starts previews in Stratford

Lucy Peacock (left) as Mary Stuart and Seana McKenna as Elizabeth in Mary Stuart. Photo by David Hou.

Friedrich Schiller’s political thriller Mary Stuart starts previews today at the Tom Patterson Theatre. The Stratford Festival production, adapted by Peter Oswald and directed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, opens May 31 and runs through September 21.

“Even queens become pawns in a life-and-death power struggle driven by faith, fear, ambition and desire,” according to production notes. “Mary Stuart, former Queen of Scots, is imprisoned in England, where her very existence poses a threat, both personal and political, to her Protestant cousin, Elizabeth I. As Elizabeth hesitates over decreeing her rival’s fate, Mary pleads for a face-to-face meeting — but in the swirl of intrigue that surrounds both women, whom can either one trust?”

Stratford Festival leading ladies Seana McKenna and Lucy Peacock square off as the feuding queens, Elizabeth and Mary Stuart, respectively. They are joined by Ben Carlson as Lord Burleigh, Tony Award winner Brian Dennehy as the Earl of Shrewsbury and Geraint Wyn Davies as the Earl of Leicester.

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