At a vital crossroads in history a young queen steps from the shadows to unburden herself of her many troubles and reveal her innermost thoughts on marriage, succession, religion, war, and the challenges to her throne. But time is against her...
Elizabeth I: Queen at 25, political phoenix and famously unmarried, she was the most educated woman of her Age – but who was the woman beneath the crown?
A five-star success in Edinburgh 2010, I, Elizabeth is one of four plays from Dyad, which creates, produces and tours classic theatre with an innovative and contemporary emphasis. Using only Elizabeth’s own words – adapted from letters, speeches and writings – I, Elizabeth illuminates a fascinating and insightful moment of decision in the young monarch’s reign. Defying the establishment by choosing to lead her country alone, Elizabeth has forsaken her own dreams and desires in order to steer England towards national and spiritual security. I, Elizabeth explores the struggle to reconcile the desires of womanhood with the duties of sovereignty to expose the royal heart of an iconic historical figure.
It is performed (and adapted) by Rebecca Vaughan (adapter/performer: Austen’s Women and Female Gothic; performer/producer: The Diaries of Adam and Eve) who – following successes at Edinburgh 2009 - 2012 and Adelaide 2010 - 2011 continues Dyad’s collaboration with director Guy Masterson (Olivier Award-winning Morecambe, Scaramouche Jones). Authentic costumes are provided by Kate Flanaghan (Austen’s Women, Female Gothic, The Diaries of Adam & Eve, Bollywood Steps), and atmospheric sound design comes from composer/actor Waen Shepherd (The Diaries of Adam & Eve, Female Gothic/The Inbetweeners, The Wall). It is produced by Rebecca Vaughan and actor/writer Elton Townend Jones (The Diaries of Adam & Eve, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic, Cutting the Cord).
Elizabeth I will be performed for one night only at The Watergate on Friday (November 9) at 8pm.