“With the Queen I share my blood, my rank, my sex. With her alone as a cousin, a sovereign, a woman, may I talk of freedom.”
Continuing their mission to present European classics to a contemporary audience, the faction ensemble introduces this new adaptation of Schiller’s Mary Stuart to their touring repetoire following their blistering success of Schiller’s The Robbers last year.
A suspected terrorist has been arrested, hastily tried with a law invented specifically for her and condemned to death by a jury, but not of her peers. That would be impossible: her only peer is Queen Elizabeth I. This presents Elizabeth with a terrifying dilemma: either to reign in fear for the rest of her life or to have Mary Stuart executed.
“one of the many virtues of this exciting production is that it gives us an intimate, stripped-down and mercifully unrhetorical version of Schiller’s great 1800 Romantic tragedy.” The Guardian ****
“Faction’s thrilling, rough theatre-ish version made me feel that I had never seen the play before…Go.” The Independent ****
“Never less than gripping.” Evening Standard ****
“Plenty of depth and nuance, skilfully unpacked here by the rather wonderful Faction Theatre Company.” Time Out ****
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