by Friedrich Schiller
directed by Neil Blackadder
1587. Elizabeth I rules Protestant England, but her cousin Mary, a Catholic, has a strong claim to the throne. Mary fled her native Scotland following a Protestant coup, and has been under house arrest in England ever since--for nearly two decades. Now Mary has been found guilty of treason; but Elizabeth knows that having her rival executed could prove politically disastrous. Schiller’s tragedy, first performed in 1800, brings the two women face to face and turns the story of these two historical figures into a gripping political thriller.