Premiere US Premiere
Production Language Swedish
Country of Origin Sweden
Description "One of us must fall so that the other can live." These ominous words, uttered by England’s Protestant Queen Elizabeth to her Catholic cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, set the tone for the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden’s production of Schiller’s heart-rending Maria Stuart. It’s a truly global endeavor—a Swedish production of a great classical play about a British monarch, presented in America—that is equally epic in emotional scope.
Under the direction of esteemed stage and film director Ingmar Bergman—whose unparalleled ability to lay bare the human psyche guided his most recent triumph at BAM, the 2001 sold-out production of Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata—longtime Bergman actors Lena Endre and Pernilla August (last seen at BAM in Bergman’s 1995 Winter’s Tale) portray Schiller’s heroines as astonishingly complex, self-possessed, and psychologically tangible women. Near the end of the play, as Mary calmly prepares for her execution, Elizabeth stands alone. Abandoned by her advisors, and by her lover, she is a victim of her sovereignty, caught in the unwavering grip of history. Performed in Swedish with simultaneous English translation.