Miro Gavran, writer

Shakespeare and Elizabeth

Theme: Love and politics
Number of characters: 2 female, 2 male
Number of acts: 1, 10 scenes
Setting: The actors’ dressing-room, the Court
Time: Late 16th century
Written in: 1992



Summary:

The young thirty-year-old playwright, William Shakespeare, is deeply and unhappily in love with Queen Elizabeth, who is almost twice his age. Queen Elizabeth also falls in love with the young Shakespeare, and she tells her secret to her court advisor, the Earl of Wales, who opposes for political reasons the Queen’s attachment. A meeting between the Queen and the playwright soon takes place with an unusual interweaving between the world of the theatre and the world of politics. Premiered at the Italian Drama in Rijeka, 1997. The play is available in English, Slovakian, Polish, Italian, French and Czech. Performed in 4 various theatres.

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