Mary, Queen of Scots
Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose presents the fully-staged, national tour of their new English version of Donizetti’s Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda).
Two ferocious 16th century Queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, go head-to-head in this historical tragedy, culminating in a fictitious meeting between the rival queens, which sizzles with vocal fireworks.
Donizetti’s powerful melodies will be performed in a new orchestration by Paul McKenzie for six singers, accompanied by piano, clarinet and violin. Mary, Queen of Scots will tour as a fully-staged production to unique and evocative venues across the UK, some with direct links to the two Queens. Discover a new angle on one of the most popular periods of British history through this thrilling production.
★★★★ Evening Standard
"a frightening intimacy... every glance and gesture carries full dramatic weight."
ORCHESTRATOR Paul McKenzie
LIBRETTIST Robin Norton-Hale
MUSICAL DIRECTOR Paul McKenzie
DIRECTOR Robin Norton-Hale
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER Kate Lane
LIGHTING DESIGNER Jack Weir
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER Sasha Amaya
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Eleanor Dodson
COSTUME SUPERVISOR Claire Nicolas
PRODUCTION MANAGER Marco Savo
STAGE MANAGER Philip Hussey
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Samantha Rayner-Adams
MARY STUART Flora McIntosh
QUEEN ELIZABETH I Philippa Boyle
EARL OF LEICESTER Cliff Zammit Stevens
LORD CECIL Jan Capinski
LORD TALBOT Julian Debreuil
ANNA Emma Watkinson
PIANO Paul McKenzie
VIOLIN Stefano d’Ermenegildo
CLARINET Sarah Douglas