Mary Stuart, Catholic Queen of Scotland, has fled from her people, who accuse her of contracting the murder of her husband. In England she hopes for political asylum from her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth, but at the same time she claims her crown, of which she sees herself as the rightful heir.
Maria is captured and interned, and attempts by young rescuers to rescue her fail. But Maria's shine also shines out of the dungeon: she can count on a loyal following and knows France at her side. When several assassination attempts on Queen Elizabeth are thwarted, Mary Stuart is supposed to be executed as the person responsible. But opinions differ among Elisabeth's advisory staff, and an attempt at reconciliation in the form of a meeting between the two queens fails spectacularly. Elisabeth hesitates to carry out the death sentence. She fears the decision in a duel that will have no winner.
Friedrich Schiller's Maria Stuart is a game of intrigue in the web of politics, religion, love and power, to which all characters are inescapably subject. Schiller draws a tableau of powerful people who shy away from responsibility and suffocate in their positions. And he shows them as deeply human characters who, in their actions or inactions, always end up with themselves, lonely, isolated and unfree.
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Friedrich Schiller (Autor/in)
Julia Windischbauer (Elisabeth, Königin von England)
Franziska Machens (Maria Stuart, Königin von Schottland)
Sebastian Doppelbauer (Graf von Leicester)
Jörg Pose (Graf von Shrewsbury)
Enno Trebs (Baron von Burleigh)
Paul Grill (Amias Paulet, Hüter der Maria)
Caner Sunar (Wilhelm Davison, Staatssekretär / Graf Aubespine (franz. Gesandter))
Jeremy Mockridge (Mortimer, Paulets Neffe / Melvil, Marias Haushofmeister)