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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
FROM THE BARN THEATRE ARCHIVE

Vivat, Vivat Regina

by Robert Bolt
Directed by Ray Newton
8th – 15th March 1986

Vivat, Vivat Regina is a classic of modern drama. It tells of the power struggle between Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I and it does so in an entertaining, dramatic and powerful manner.

Robert Bolt’s narrative style moves the play smoothly from France to Edinburgh to Hampton Court without losing historical accuracy, but at the same time the dialogue is such that all the characters: Mary, Elizabeth, John Knox, Cecil, down to the courtiers and clerics are real people. Bolt has put flesh on the bones. The playwright’s theme is “the impermissable sacrifice of self which power demands and gets and squanders — to what purpose?” It is Bolt at his best.

Festivals

  • Buxton
  • Felixstowe
    • Placed Second
    • Best Producer

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Ray Newton

CAST

Claud Nau
William Cecil
Elizabeth I
Robert Dudley
John Knox
David Rizzio
Lord Morton
Lord Bothwell
Sir Francis Walsingham
Lord Darnley
Prisoner
Lord Mor and Cleric
Ruthven
Ormiston
Scottish Lord
Archbishop
Philip of Spain

CREATIVE TEAM

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