Mary Stuart, with McTeer and Walter, to Play the Broadhurst

News   Mary Stuart, with McTeer and Walter, to Play the Broadhurst Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter will re-create their acclaimed London performances on Broadway in Friedrich Schiller's classic Mary Stuart beginning March 30, 2009, at the Broadhurst Theatre.

The Broadhurst is the current home of the eagerly awaited revival of Equus, which is playing a limited engagement through Feb. 8, 2009. Mary Stuart will officially open there April 19.

This new version of Schiller's 1800 play about the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I (Walter) and Mary Queen of Scots (McTeer) is penned by Peter Oswald and directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!). The praised production was sold out at the Donmar Warehouse in 2005 and moved to London's West End.

The production will be designed on Broadway by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Paul Arditti. Further casting and ticket information will also be announced shortly.

Mary Stuart will be produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover and Debra Black. This is the first Broadway production of Mary Stuart in almost 40 years.

In a statement Michael Grandage, artistic director of the Donmar, said, "I am thrilled we are bringing our work to Broadway again. After the success of Frost/Nixon last year, I am particularly delighted that American audiences will now get to experience one of the Donmar's great classical productions. Phyllida Lloyd's magnificent account of this historical drama acts out like a modern day political thriller and offers audiences a chance to engage with two towering performances." McTeer will be making her first Broadway appearance since her Tony Award-winning performance in A Doll's House in 1997. Walter made her Broadway debut in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1983 production of All's Well That Ends Well. For Mary Stuart, she won the 2005 Evening Standard Award for Best Actress.

According to production notes, "For a Queen to stand, a Queen must fall. Written by Friedrich Schiller in 1800, Mary Stuart is a thrilling account of the extraordinary relationship between England's Elizabeth I (Harriet Walter) and her rival cousin, Mary Queen of Scots (Janet McTeer)." Mary was beheaded for treason.

The Donmar Warehouse production of Mary Stuart transferred into London's West End where it was produced by Arielle Tepper Madover, ACT Productions, Neal Street Productions & Matthew Byam Shaw. It ran July 14-Sept. 3, 2005 at the Donmar Warehouse and later transferred to the Apollo in London's West End, where it played Oct. 7, 2005-Jan. 14, 2006.

German playwright Schiller (1759–1805) wrote The Robbers (1782), Intrigue and Love (1784), Don Carlos (1787), Wallenstein's Camp (1798), The Piccolomini (1799), Wallenstein's Death (1799), Mary Stuart (1800), Maid of Orleans (1801) and William Tell (1804).

Playwright Oswald (credited with the "new version") wrote the plays The Swansong of Ivanhoe Wasteway, Allbright, Valdorama, Augustine's Oak and The Golden Ass; and translations include Schiller's Don Carlos, Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos, Racine's Phaedra, Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards, Lorca's Dona Rosita The Spinster and a stage adaptation of the Sanskrit epic The Ramayana.

Lloyd's previous work for the Donmar includes her award-winning production of Boston Marriage in 2001 and The Threepenny Opera in 1994. She most recently directed Wild East for the Royal Court where she has also directed Six Degrees of Separation and Hysteria. Other credits include The Way of the World, Pericles, What the Butler Saw, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Duchess of Malfi (NT). She directed the international sensation Mamma Mia! (West End, Broadway and worldwide).

Also an acclaimed opera director, Lloyd has worked with Opera North and the ENO. For film, she directed "Mamma Mia!," which opened worldwide earlier this summer.

The Broadhurst Theatre is located in Manhattan at 235 West 44th Street.

Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer in <i>Mary Stuart</i>.
Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer in Mary Stuart. Photo by Alastair Muir