"Elizabeth I of England is threatened by the survival of her Catholic cousin, Mary Stuart. Wrestling with her own conscience, the queen agonizes over Mary's fate, amidst fears for her own life. Court intrigue has never been more gripping than in this 'acute study in the art of double-dealing politics'.” (The New York Times)
Includes an interview with Jane Dunn, author of Elizabeth & Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens.
Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in December 2006.
Directed by Rosalind Ayres
Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg
Sheelagh Cullen as Hanna Kennedy
Kenneth Danziger as Amias Paulet
Seamus Dever as Mortimer
Jill Gascoine as Elizabeth
Matt Gaydos as O’Kelly
Martin Jarvis as Lord Burleigh
Alex Kingston as Mary Stuart
Christopher Neame as William Davison
Alan Shearman as Melvil
W. Morgan Sheppard as George Talbot
Simon Templeman as Robert Dudley
Associate Producer: Brendon Fox; Recording Engineer, Sound Designer and Mixer: Mark Holden; Sound Effects Artist: Tony Palermo; Stage Manager: Erica Christensen; Music Supervisor: Scott Willis.
Dedicated to the memory of Susan Raab Simonson.
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Good acting/performance, especially by Alex Kingston in the title role. The only thing I didn't care for is the heavy music. Something mellower, sweeter to the ears, would be more pleasing, and appropriate for a serious work of theatre and a serious production.
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- Misty J.
A story for our modern times
Listening to this book beats more resemblance to our impeachment hearings than I could have ever imagined. Very enjoyable, full of notable quotes and wisdom.
"Mary Stuart", adapted by Peter Oswald from the classic play by Friedrich Von Schiller; is a gripping account of the final days of the deposed Scottish Monarch.
Her captor, Queen Elizabeth, is also prisoner to Mary's fate.
Trapped between her Government and continued threats of assassination by catholic agents, Elizabeth must weigh her own survival against the unthinkable possibility of sending a blood relative and a Crowned monarch to the block.
The supporting cast is brilliant.
I would particularly like to draw the listeners attention to the conversation between Sir Aymes Paulet and Lord Burley, which is both powerful and passionate.
Alex Kingston's rendition of Queen Mary is flawless.
Her bouts with Lord Burley (Martin Jarvis) are fast, hot blooded and real. Very, very real. You are left in no doubt that here is a woman fighting for her life against an entire legal system "framed to entrap" her.
But I was more deeply touched by her sheer vulnerability, her own feelings of guilt and the dignity and composure of her last goodbye.
Whichever side you choose in this intrigue, you will not be disappointed.
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