Maria Stuart



  • A historical play in verse by Friedrich von Schiller.Written while Schiller was suffering from tuberculosis, the play wasfirst produced in 1800 by Goethe at the Court Theatre inWeimar and has enjoyed regular revivals. The German actor Martin Heldwas particularly acclaimed for his performance in a 1952 productionin Berlin. Maria Stuart is the only work of Schiller's to haveheld the stage in English; it was seen at Covent Garden in 1819, atthe Royal Court Theatre in 1880, and (in a translation by StephenSpender) at the National Theatre in 1958.

    The play depicts the final days of Mary, Queen of Scots, emphasizingthe spiritual and moral strength with which she accepts her fate.It includes a scene in which Mary meets Queen Elizabeth I, an eventthat never occurred.