For a queen to stand, a queen must fall. Elizabeth isn’t sure what to do with her wayward cousin, Mary. Keep her? Kill her? Her courtiers certainly have their opinions. But she’s the Queen. She makes her own decisions, yeah! …right?
It was a revelation for me to see Elizabeth Hawthorne and Stuart Devenie. I particularly liked the way Hawthorne played simpering and flirty and whimsical and manipulative at the same time. Devenie conveyed the grim, stiff-upper-lipped.character wonderfully. A twitch of his shoulders or a sudden stillness spoke volumes. Robyn Malcolm was passionate and humble…right up until the moment her character couldn’t deny her upbringing. The production gallops along at a cracking pace. It’s funny. It’s dark. The characters are by turns reflective, fanatical, wheedling, noble, crazy, furious, sad. Marvellous stuff.