King Elizabeth at the Gamm

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This thrilling new version of Schiller’s classic Mary Stuart pits the ousted queen of Scotland against the reigning queen of England in a titanic battle of wills. (L to R: Jeanine Kane as Elizabeth I, Marianna Bassham as Mary Stuart.) Imprisoned by the English crown on suspicion of treason, Mary vies for her cousin Elizabeth Tudor’s throne even as she pleads for her life. Meanwhile, Elizabeth must navigate the male-dominated world of court politics, foreign wars and domestic intrigue to decide Mary's fate. Will she act on her conscience? Or will she conform to patriarchal politics as usual to achieve her goals? Based on historical events, King Elizabeth is a classic for today.

WHERE: The Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket
WHEN: April 27 through May 28
COST: $44 and $52
MORE INFO: 401/723-4266; gammtheatre.org

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