By Andrew Gans
30 Mar 2009
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
Janet McTeer (Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland) and Harriet Walter (Elizabeth, Queen of England), who starred in the London production, re-create their roles on Broadway in the 20-week engagement (through Aug. 16) of the Friedrich Schiller play. Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) directs. The praised production was sold out at the Donmar Warehouse in 2005 and moved to London's West End.
Joining McTeer and Walter in Peter Oswald's version of the Schiller play are Michael Countryman as Sir Amias Paulet; Adam Greer as O'Kelly; John Benjamin Hickey as Earl of Leicester; Michael Rudko as Count Aubespine/Melvil; Robert Stanton as William Davison; Maria Tucci as Hanna Kennedy; Chandler Williams as Mortimer; Nicholas Woodeson as Lord Burleigh and Brian Murray as Earl of Shrewsbury. The company also features Jacqueline Antaramian, Tony Carlin, Monique Fowler and Guy Paul.
Mary Stuart, according to press notes, "is a thrilling account of the extraordinary relationship between England's Elizabeth I (Harriet Walter) and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots (Janet McTeer), Elizabeth's rival to the throne. With its behind the scenes intrigue, scheming and betrayal, the play has the contemporary feel of a modern-day political thriller."
Mary Stuart is produced on Broadway by Arielle Tepper Madover, Debra Black, Neal Street Productions/Matthew Byam Shaw, Scott Delman, Barbara Whitman, Jean Doumanian/Ruth Hendel, David Binder/CarlWend Productions/Spring Sirkin, Daryl Roth/James L. Nederlander/Chase Mishkin.
The Broadhurst is located in Manhattan at 235 West 44th Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. Preview prices are $64-$99, including a $1.50 facilities fee. Tickets for performances after April 20 are $69.50-$116.50.