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30 review for Mary Stuart: Adapted Expressly for Madame Ristori and Her Italian Dramatic Company, Under the Direction of J. Grau

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jan-Maat

    The first thing that I noticed was how the drama was stripped away, the situation is that Maria Stuart, Queen of Scots is being held in a secure facility at the pleasure of her cousin Queen Elizabeth of England, so far so historical, and historically we know that this situation ends with Mary/Maria decapitated. Early in the first act we are told that a sentence of death has been passed against Maria so the only dramatic issue is how, why and when Elizabeth will come to sign the document and comm The first thing that I noticed was how the drama was stripped away, the situation is that Maria Stuart, Queen of Scots is being held in a secure facility at the pleasure of her cousin Queen Elizabeth of England, so far so historical, and historically we know that this situation ends with Mary/Maria decapitated. Early in the first act we are told that a sentence of death has been passed against Maria so the only dramatic issue is how, why and when Elizabeth will come to sign the document and command the deed to be executed. Considering the date of the play it strikes me that Schiller doesn't, in the light of the end of Maria Antoinette, ask if crowned heads won't respect the sanctity of crowned heads then why will anybody else? Power here is an interesting position, Maria is the prisoner at risk of death, while cousin Elizabeth feels under threat and imprisoned by political considerations, indeed despite being the Queen and being the most powerful piece on the board she is the one pushed into being reactive and responsive, hemmed in by the pawns maybe. The two characters contrast in personality too, Maria passionate and outspoken haunted by her past,Macht Friede mit Euch selbst! (p16), she is advised, while she claims ich bin besser als mein Ruf. (p83). Elizabeth s cautious and contained, haunted by the ghost of Christmas future, rather than the ghosts of husbands past who play on Mary's mind. Maria's character attracts supporters who, alack, turn out to be as passionate and poor in judgement as her, while Elizabeth's reserve perhaps sees her retain her throne, but also abandoned and friendless at the end (view spoiler)[ which sounds a bit like something from Facebook, perhaps modern productions of King Lear will see Lear look up from his mobile telephony device and declare that he has no more followers on Twitter once his daughters have both turned him out? (hide spoiler)] . Ahistorical, but no less sad.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    “Mary Stuart” is a play that gives us a fictional account of the last days of Mary Queen of Scots. In it we are treated to an entirely made up scene in which Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I meet face to face. And it is the stuff of great drama! In Schiller’s hands the play and story leans heavily in the favor of Mary Stuart, and Elizabeth I comes across as the villain, if there is one. Elizabeth’s machinations and manipulations of others without her being honest in her intentions makes her a sha “Mary Stuart” is a play that gives us a fictional account of the last days of Mary Queen of Scots. In it we are treated to an entirely made up scene in which Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I meet face to face. And it is the stuff of great drama! In Schiller’s hands the play and story leans heavily in the favor of Mary Stuart, and Elizabeth I comes across as the villain, if there is one. Elizabeth’s machinations and manipulations of others without her being honest in her intentions makes her a sharp contrast to Schiller’s Mary, who ends the play being brutally self-honest and content with her fate. Elizabeth on the other hand ends the play literally (and figuratively) alone. One of the strengths of this play is that there are at least 6 characters that get good moments to shine in the text, and would be a treat for any actor to play. “Mary Stuart” really is an ensemble piece. Personally my favorite role was the role of Mortimer, a converted fanatic who is full of passion and religious fervor. His loyalty to Mary serves as a great contrast to another character who ultimately betrays her. Act 3 in the play, where the two monarchs meet, is simply excellent and Schiller’s Mary scales the oratorical heights in her one moment of “triumph” against the Queen of England. It is nail-biting theater. Act 4:2 is also well done and builds and builds until Elizabeth finally signs the death warrant for Mary. The dialogue is thrilling and edge of your seat as Elizabeth’s council argues and weighs this momentous decision. A good production of this play (and I have seen one at the Stratford Festival in Canada) is harrowing to watch and will keep you entertained as it gives a great glimpse into power, and just how much (or little) power those who assume it really have. The new version by Peter Oswald is simply stunning. The translation is modern and accessible for any reader / audience. It is well done, and I prefer it to other translations I have looked into.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vishy

    Schiller version of the story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Beautiful and heartbreaking. I don't know whether it was the original prose or the translation, but the translation was like Shakespearean language - very beautiful.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Well, better than reading it. Acting is great. But the play is so not a favorite of mine. It feels like Elizabeth is being punished because she isn't beautiful enough.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Czarny Pies

    Friedrich Schiller is considered to be the greatest playwright of the German romantic movement that provided the foundation for the French, Italian and English romantic movements in the first half of the 19th Century. Schiller's formula is diabolically simple. You take a movement for national independence or unity, put a human tragedy in the centre and then tell your story with sublime verse. As one of the foremost oracles of the Zeitgeist of his era, it is not surprising that several operas wher Friedrich Schiller is considered to be the greatest playwright of the German romantic movement that provided the foundation for the French, Italian and English romantic movements in the first half of the 19th Century. Schiller's formula is diabolically simple. You take a movement for national independence or unity, put a human tragedy in the centre and then tell your story with sublime verse. As one of the foremost oracles of the Zeitgeist of his era, it is not surprising that several operas where written on Schiller's plays. In the case of this work, the honour goes to Giacomo Donizetti who wrote Maria Stuarda which was first performed in 1934. Maria Stuarda is still regularly performed. Schiller's play also survives. The major last revival was mounted by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada and was so well received that its run was extended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dominic Thomsen

    Great one. Even if hard to read, this drama is stunning. When our teacher told us we were going to read it in school I was going like " oh my god, another meaningless and stupid waste of time", but after having got into it, the story became really fascinating. Actually this fantastic piece of, yes, art was what made me interested in the Tudors and other powerful dynasties. Basically without having read Maria Stuart, I would never have got to read anything historical or fictional that other peopl Great one. Even if hard to read, this drama is stunning. When our teacher told us we were going to read it in school I was going like " oh my god, another meaningless and stupid waste of time", but after having got into it, the story became really fascinating. Actually this fantastic piece of, yes, art was what made me interested in the Tudors and other powerful dynasties. Basically without having read Maria Stuart, I would never have got to read anything historical or fictional that other people just think is boring and has no significance nowadays. Summing up: Just a great piece of work and definitely worth to take the time reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    A brilliant and quite thrilling translation/version of the classic Schiller play, which chronicles an imagined meeting between Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ✿ Eva ✿

    probably my favourite book weve read for class so far!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fie Sejr Ravn Jensen

    This was some serious Shakespearian class drama. Kept me at the edge of my seat (or should I say bed?).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wayne

    A third of the way into this and finding it very good. Will be seeing a production in a week's time with Gretta Scacchi as Elizabeth I which will be a real treat. More later. ...Here's the MORE!!! The play's the thing!!! Enjoyed reading it , but LOVED seeeeeeing it!!!!!!!! Gretta Scacchi was brilliant...how lucky for us that she has an Australian connection and keeps coming back. A small intimate theatre where you can see the boats bobbing round in one of the bays/inlets of Sydney Harbour as you take A third of the way into this and finding it very good. Will be seeing a production in a week's time with Gretta Scacchi as Elizabeth I which will be a real treat. More later. ...Here's the MORE!!! The play's the thing!!! Enjoyed reading it , but LOVED seeeeeeing it!!!!!!!! Gretta Scacchi was brilliant...how lucky for us that she has an Australian connection and keeps coming back. A small intimate theatre where you can see the boats bobbing round in one of the bays/inlets of Sydney Harbour as you take refreshments. A breezy and starry evening was a plus. Act I gave us the situation of Mary, Queen of Scots. Act II gave us Elizabeth. Her courtiers urging her to execute her cousin and rival, Mary. Elizabeth is reluctant and upset by their urgings. (Scacchi turned her back on them to hide her grief.She walked to the edge of the acting space and continued addressing them with her back still turned. She was so close to us in Row 3. Others could have reached out and touched her. Her hands twisted in her agony of decision. A single tear coursed its way down her powdered cheek. Ahhhhhhh, Gretta!!!) Powerful acting. Physicality. Evocative costumes of the times. Act V gave us Mary's execution by beheading. Happily they kept to the facts. Mary let her dark robe drop and revealed beneath a gown of scarlet, the sign of the blood of the martyr. A member of the audience came out with an UNrehearsed: "WOW"!!! Great Applause. Great Production. Great Acting. Great Play. Great Night.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katbyrdie

    I technically didn't read the book, I listened to a play recorded for distribution. Alex Kingston played Mary and she was divine. The play was captivating and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I cannot wait to read the play myself, because I know losing myself in the words will be a completely different experience than listening to it. I also want to see a production of the play and even a version of it as an opera.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tess

    This was really beautifully written/translated. I loved the examination of the relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart. As mentioned in other reviews it's quite sympathetic to Mary's side but I already love Liz pretty intensely so it kinda helped balance it out in my case. I'd love to see it on stage at some point. I feel like this play must have influenced that Elizabeth miniseries w/ Helen Mirren which also portrayed a fictional meeting between the two queens.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Samuele

    I read it for the Uni. This was a cool play but I think that other writers had done a better job. This had long monologues and I don't like them very much. The first half was a little boring, but then it becomes more interesting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    Read this for school and it was alright.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Newtommy

    # Message: 4 # Influence / Change of Mind: 4 # Actuality / Relevance: 4 # Writing Style: 4 # Uniqueness / Originality: 3 # Overall Impression: 4

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Hurley

    Probably the least memorable of all the schiller plays i've read. Still it has his excellent romantic-exaggerated psychologies and their conflicts, reflections on humanity and rulership, long speeches about beauty and freedom, all that, etc. He wrote it in as perfect accordance with his playwriting principles as he could, I guess, and so is a solid, compact play.

  17. 5 out of 5

    TP

    What a classic. I think the first time i read this was 20 years ago. Beautiful and heartbreaking.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Realini

    Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller Some thoughts on valor, religion and family. Elizabeth I was an extraordinary woman, queen and leader, but a terrible sister. It is argued that for the greater good we have to sacrifice the few who block the way, and Mary Stuart was a pretender to the throne, indeed, also known as Mary Queen of the Scots. I do not know what adaptation is more accurate, but the one that I liked best was Elizabeth, with Cate Blanchett playing the lead role, for which she was nominate Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller Some thoughts on valor, religion and family. Elizabeth I was an extraordinary woman, queen and leader, but a terrible sister. It is argued that for the greater good we have to sacrifice the few who block the way, and Mary Stuart was a pretender to the throne, indeed, also known as Mary Queen of the Scots. I do not know what adaptation is more accurate, but the one that I liked best was Elizabeth, with Cate Blanchett playing the lead role, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. In that production, Mary was presented as a bit of an old rag, hallucinating or just mumbling about. Geoffrey Rush played a devious “chief of staff” I guess would be the name we would use today, at the White House, or in 10 Downing Street. Back in the Middle Ages, people had no qualms about killing children, brothers or sisters in order to get on the throne. In many cases there were delusions of grandeur- I am the best, I need the crown, but in some situations, I wonder if the fight for power did not eventually meant the “survival of the fittest”, the alpha female or male getting the top spot. Circumstances played a huge role, but the genes, the toughness of the candidates had an impact on the final results. Religion complicated matters even further, in the case of Mary and Elizabeth it was a fight between Catholics and Protestants, which finished with the victory of the latter. For a long time, I have seen religion thorough the distorted lens of the middle ages, when so much terror was spread in the name of and by the church itself. For about a year now, I have learned about the benefits of religion, which are nothing short of…miraculous: People are religious live longer, happier and healthier lives. If we could put together religion and positive psychology and blend them into one belief, which will teach everything we need to be happy, healthy and live well into old age, we would hit the jackpot. The Play Mary Stuart was not such an absolute thrill…as a matter of fact it was a bit of a drag, because the recording I listened was, well – from the time of Mary herself and it had scratches on the original virtual or whatever vinyl disc it was recorded or transmitted on. I could not make what the actors were whispering, but it may also have to do with their manner of performance, which seems to have been very different. I am not sure if they benefited from the kind of lessons that we saw in The King’s Speech, given by the same Geoffrey Rush. Mary Stuart may be an excellent play, even it does not seem to be very popular, I cannot vouch for or against it...I can definitely say that you need to get a good production of it, if you want to listen to it…if the Victoria dates back from 1900 and it was transferred on vynil in the forties and then on tape in the seventies…the result is excrutiating, you wish you could join Mary on the scaffold. www.realini.blogspot.ro

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Coffey

    This was a tough read, really hard to get through. The plot itself is dramatic and the questions it poses are deep and thought-provoking. It's just really hard to read. This is one of those plays that are better off being seen, so hopefully I'll like it more when I see the performance tomorrow night. I really did love the historical background and being more educated in the Tudor line, specifically with Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots. I found myself rooting more for Mary and actually d This was a tough read, really hard to get through. The plot itself is dramatic and the questions it poses are deep and thought-provoking. It's just really hard to read. This is one of those plays that are better off being seen, so hopefully I'll like it more when I see the performance tomorrow night. I really did love the historical background and being more educated in the Tudor line, specifically with Queen Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots. I found myself rooting more for Mary and actually disliking Elizabeth until the very end where then you only really feel pity for her. Some of the questions that were posed in class really grabbed me, such as: "when is murder justifiable?", "how far will someone go to protect their own power?", and others. A good drama, if you're looking for one. Just bear in mind it's really hard to get through because the characters are super long-winded.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    I'd really like to see a production of this play, or even better, of the opera based on it. I enjoyed reading the portrayal of Elizabeth and Mary, though I don't know how historically accurate it is. According to Wikipedia, the meeting between Mary and Elizabeth so deliciously enacted in this play actually never occurred. I can definitely picture certain actresses really bringing life to the face-off between these characters. I see why the play won seven Tony awards in its most recent (2009) rev I'd really like to see a production of this play, or even better, of the opera based on it. I enjoyed reading the portrayal of Elizabeth and Mary, though I don't know how historically accurate it is. According to Wikipedia, the meeting between Mary and Elizabeth so deliciously enacted in this play actually never occurred. I can definitely picture certain actresses really bringing life to the face-off between these characters. I see why the play won seven Tony awards in its most recent (2009) revival on Broadway. Also, the wonders of the internet revealed this little gem of a story. During one production, an actor enacting a suicide in the play nearly killed himself when a stage knife hadn't been properly dulled. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/... I'll definitely be watching for a chance to see a live performance of this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miss Bookiverse

    Had to read it for school. Actually I like Schiller but this play was pretty boring and I got a little confused with all the people and who was on which side. We cleared most of that up in the lessons though. Unfortunately I found neither Maria nor Elizabeth to be a very appealing character. Talking about it in school for weeks made the story even lamer. I remember having tons of fun with Samy though, picturing who of our fellow students would play which role if the play was performed in our scho Had to read it for school. Actually I like Schiller but this play was pretty boring and I got a little confused with all the people and who was on which side. We cleared most of that up in the lessons though. Unfortunately I found neither Maria nor Elizabeth to be a very appealing character. Talking about it in school for weeks made the story even lamer. I remember having tons of fun with Samy though, picturing who of our fellow students would play which role if the play was performed in our school. All in all I guess the content was simply too historical to hold much interest for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maltoablativ

    The start is a little slow, but from the third act on it picks up the pace and is just awesome, well... and tragic. It's actually quite a tearjerker. I would definitely recommend this one, also because its themes (like all these 18th century dramas) are still relevant today. The thoughts on the interplay of religion, law (or jurisdiction) and the Queen (or the Governement) on a politically level. My recommendation goes out to students of political sciences as well literature, or to anyone who ju The start is a little slow, but from the third act on it picks up the pace and is just awesome, well... and tragic. It's actually quite a tearjerker. I would definitely recommend this one, also because its themes (like all these 18th century dramas) are still relevant today. The thoughts on the interplay of religion, law (or jurisdiction) and the Queen (or the Governement) on a politically level. My recommendation goes out to students of political sciences as well literature, or to anyone who just wants to enjoy an exiting story with beautiful writing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ruha

    One of the best books I've read in school. The story is very simple to understand, but interesting. The only thing that made it maybe a bit boring was the fact that you know how the story is going to end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michaela

    This book was absolutely amazing! The way Schiller uses his stereotype of character in Mortimer and the way he makes the reader feel like Elizabeth and Maria at the same time... This book was really catching me!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anica

    Even though people praises this play a lot, I found it boring. It took me way too long to finish it. No real highlights, nothing that I found appealing. In fact, I liked Schiller's earlier work way better than this one where I was just glad to finally finish it. *sigh*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Florea Joana

    Historically really bad but I have seen worst. It is worthy of a try at least if you like the classics.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Viktoria

    It was a little difficult to read, but I didn't expect anything else. I still liked it and I could find some really pretty quotes about life there.

  28. 5 out of 5

    ✨Jinglemarco✨ Маркуша - Мишутка (Nursery rhymes enthusiast)*

    Good play - very interesting. I have read this in italian, even though I own this very deutsche edition. Elizabeth is really schizophrenic. I am TEAM Maria!

  29. 5 out of 5

    André

    Beurk. Stupid book, they made us read it in school, but it was awful. I think I didn't read it, but I know it's bad.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dragana

    Surprisingly engaging, deadly catfight between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of the Scots. If Schiller had known how hip he was...

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