Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart is one of the great works of German literature. A grand historical drama, it tells the story of the personal struggle between two extraordinary women – one French, one English – both captive to the demands of sovereignty and both caught in a tumult of political and religious intrigue. Which of them is the rightful Queen of England: Mary Stuart or Elizabeth Tudor?
Intertwined with this rivalry is a vicious struggle between Lord Burghley and the Earl of Leicester, both of whom feel a loyalty to their queen, while Leicester also harbours a secret passion for Mary.
Mary Stuart, written in 1800 by Friedrich Schiller, and produced by Goethe at Weimer, was translated by Mike Poulton for a production that premiered at Clwyd Theatr Cymru on 7 May 2009.