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MARY STUART STARRING JANET MCTEER AND HARRIET WALTER GOES INTO REHEARSAL MONDAY

THE DONMAR WAREHOUSE PRODUCTION OF

FRIEDRICH SCHILLER’S

MARY STUART

STARRING

JANET McTEER and HARRIET WALTER,

GOES INTO REHEARSAL MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23

 

NEW VERSION BY

PETER OSWALD

 

DIRECTED BY

PHYLLIDA LLOYD

 

ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION OPENS SUNDAY, APRIL 19

AT THE BROADHURST THEATRE; PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 30

 

 

The critically acclaimed Donmar Warehouse production of Friedrich Schiller’s MARY STUART, starring Janet McTeer as Mary Queen of Scots and Harriet Walter as Elizabeth I, goes into rehearsal on Monday, February 23 in New York.  McTeer and Walter will be recreating the performances that dazzled London, joined by a stellar supporting company of 11 actors, performing Peter Oswald’s praised new version of Schiller’s classic play under the direction of Phyllida Lloyd.   Performances begin Tuesday, March 30, prior to an opening night on Sunday, April 19 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). 

 

Seduction, greed and deception lie at the heart of the bitter rivalry between Mary, Queen of Scots (Janet McTeer) and her cousin, Elizabeth I (Harriet Walter) of England. After being implicated in her husband’s murder, Mary turns to Elizabeth for help but finds her cousin distrustful of her motives. Thus begins a bloody feud that will threaten not just their family bond, but the crown of England… MARY STUART tells the story of two iconic women whose lust for power reveals one of the most thrilling displays of passion and politics the world has ever seen.

 

Janet McTeer returns to New York for the first time since she electrified Broadway with her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Nora in A Doll’s House. She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the celebrated film Tumbleweeds. Her other theatre work includes Duchess of Malfi, Uncle Vanya and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

 

Harriet Walter, considered one of England’s greatest classical actresses, is a three-time Olivier Award winner for her performances in Twelfth Night, A Question of Geography  and Three Sisters. Film credits include the Academy Award-nominated Atonement, Babel and Sense & Sensibility.

 

Peter Oswald’s thrilling adaptation of Mary Stuart won the praise of critics and audiences alike in its West End run. His previous adaptations include Schiller’s Don Carlos, Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannos and a stage version of the Sanskrit epic The Ramayana. His original works include The Swansong of Ivanhoe Westeway and Augustine’s Oak.

 

Phyllida Lloyd is one of Britain’s most important theater and opera directors. Internationally she is best known for her work on Mamma Mia!, the Tony-nominated musical sensation currently playing in 16 countries. She directed the Golden Globe-nominated film version of Mamma Mia!, which has become the highest-grossing movie helmed by a woman, as well as the highest-grossing movie ever in the UK. Her other stage credits include major productions at the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Court Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre and Shakespeare’s Old Globe.

 

The Donmar Warehouse is one of London’s leading producing theatres and has garnered critical acclaim for its unparalleled catalogue of work. Since 1992, Donmar-generated productions have received 31 Olivier Awards, 20 Critics’ Circle Awards, 19 Evening Standard Awards and 13 Tony Awards. Productions in the West End include Mary Stuart, Frost/Nixon, Piaf, Guys and Dolls, Design for Living, The Glass Menagerie, Company and  The Real Thing. Productions on Broadway include Frost/Nixon (currently on tour in the US), Cabaret, Electra, The Blue Room, The Real Thing, True West, Nine and the Public Theater and Donmar collaboration of Take Me Out

 

The first Broadway production of MARY STUART in almost 40 years will be produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, Debra Black, Scott M. Delman, Barbara Whitman, David Binder/Ruth Hendel, Neal Street Productions/Matthew Byam Shaw.

 

Joining Ms. McTeer and Ms. Walter, will be Michael Countryman (Night Must Fall, Laughter on the 23rd Floor) as Sir Amias Paulet; John Benjamin Hickey (Cabaret, Love! Valour! Compassion!,) as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester; Michael Rudko (The Best Man, Serious Money) as Count Aubespine/Melvil; Robert Stanton (The Coast of Utopia, All in the Timing) as William Davison; Maria Tucci (Tony Award nominee for The Rose Tattoo) as Hanna Kennedy; Chandler Williams (Translations) as Mortimer; Nicholas Woodeson (Jumpers, An Inspector Calls) as William Cecil, Lord Burleigh; and three-time Tony Award nominee Brian Murray (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Da, Noises Off) as George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury. 

 

Ben Brantley, New York Times, hailed this production of MARY STUART as “Ripping. A stage burner of a revival.  Mary Stuart is portrayed to a red-blooded fare-thee-well by Janet McTeer. Queen Elizabeth I is portrayed with glittering iciness by Harriet Walter.  Mary Stuart has never seemed more pertinent than it does in this vivid incarnation, staged by Phyllida Lloyd.”  The Daily Telegraph pronounced it “Exhilarating… Pure Class!”  The Times raved, “Terrific Acting, Terrific Theatre, Terrific Schiller”.   The Daily Mail called the production “Unforgettable”.  The Observer raved, “Phyllida Lloyd has provided a gleaming, intense Mary Stuart. It’s thrillingly staged and acted to the hilt”.  The Sunday Times claimed, “Both female leads crackle with the kind of gun-powder charisma that sparks devotion and forments intrigue.  In this fine production, every lie, every deception, rings true”.   

 

The Donmar Warehouse production of MARY STUART played from July 14 through September 3, 2005.  It then transferred into London’s West End to the Apollo, where it was produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, ACT Productions, Neal Street Productions & Matthew Byam Shaw and played from October 7, 2005 to January 14, 2006.

 

The production is designed by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Paul Arditti. 

 

Preview prices are $64-$99, including $1.50 facilities fee. Tickets for performances after April 20 are $69.50-$116.50.  Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM.  Call Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.

 

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