Mary Stuart

By Friedrich Schiller
in a new version by Peter Oswald
Directed by Richard Clifford
January 27 – March 08, 2015
Folger Theatre


Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, has been imprisoned under charges of attempted regicide. Her captor and cousin Queen Elizabeth I cannot bring herself to sign the death decree. In a society where woman are considered inferior, these two queens charged with ruling as kings battle sexism, greed, lust, and climactically, each other.

Peter Oswald’s bold new translation of Schiller’s vivid re-imagining breathes life into a Tudor world flush with subterfuge and revenge—and ruled by two extraordinary women.

Special performances

Tuesday, January 27, 7:30pm
Tickets available one hour prior to the performance; cash only

College Night
Friday, February 6, 8pm
$15 tickets with valid student ID

Poets Respond
Friday, February 6, 6:30pm
Free event with poets Shelley Puhak and Gayle Danley prior to and following the 8pm performance

Pre-Show Talk
Wednesday, February 11, 6:30pm
A scholarly, insightful discussion of the play with Folger Director Michael Witmore. Includes light fare reception. $15. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Post-Show Talk with Cast
Thursday, February 19
Following the 7:30pm performance

Brews and Banter
Thursday, February 26, 6:30pm
Join us for a pre-performance discussion with actor Kate Eastwood Norris (Mary Stuart). A beer reception with light fare is included. $15. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Sunday, March 1, 2pm
Call the box office at 202.544.7077 for details
Folger Theatre's open-captioned performances are generously sponsored by Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.


Season Sponsors:              
Helen and David Kenney and Family
The Millay Family
Neal T. Turtell

Production Media Sponsor:
Maryland Public Television 

Contributing Sponsors:
Victor Shargai and Craig Pascal

Associate Sponsors:     
Keith and Celia Arnaud
Stephen and Anne Black
William L. Hopkins
Andrea Kasarsky
Rick Kasten
Mark and Carolyn Olshaker
Tessa van der Willigen and Jonathan Walters       
Weissberg Foundation

Who's Who

Lord Burleigh
Sir Amias Paulet
Melvil and Count Aubespine
Drugeon Drury and Sheriff
Earl of Leicester
Mary Stuart
Hanna Kennedy
Sir William Davison and Count Bellievre
Queen Elizabeth
Earl of Shrewsbury
O'Kelly and Sheriff
Playwright, 1759-1805
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Resident Dramaturg
New York Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager