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Good acting/performance, especially by Alex Kingston in the title role. The only thing I didn't care for is the heavy music. Something mellower, sweeter to the ears, would be more pleasing, and appropriate for a serious work of theatre and a serious production.
"Mary Stuart", adapted by Peter Oswald from the classic play by Friedrich Von Schiller; is a gripping account of the final days of the deposed Scottish Monarch.
Her captor, Queen Elizabeth, is also prisoner to Mary's fate.
Trapped between her Government and continued threats of assassination by catholic agents, Elizabeth must weigh her own survival against the unthinkable possibility of sending a blood relative and a Crowned monarch to the block.
The supporting cast is brilliant.
I would particularly like to draw the listeners attention to the conversation between Sir Aymes Paulet and Lord Burley, which is both powerful and passionate.
Alex Kingston's rendition of Queen Mary is flawless.
Her bouts with Lord Burley (Martin Jarvis) are fast, hot blooded and real. Very, very real. You are left in no doubt that here is a woman fighting for her life against an entire legal system "framed to entrap" her.
But I was more deeply touched by her sheer vulnerability, her own feelings of guilt and the dignity and composure of her last goodbye.
Whichever side you choose in this intrigue, you will not be disappointed.