Kevin Fegan 

Bess: The Commoner Queen

Tuesday, 23 April, 2019
The Walker Studio
Bess: The Commoner Queen

Bess: The Commoner Queen, a new play by award-winning playwright Kevin Fegan, featuring Michelle Todd as Bess.

'In these troubled times, Fortune hangs by a single thread...'

A female story of survival and astonishing business success in the brutal world of Elizabethan politics, as witnessed first-hand by Bess of Hardwick. Born a farmer's daughter, Bess rose to become the richest woman in Elizabethan England. She created the Cavendish dynasty, built Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall and became a maker of queens. Bess was the closest female friend and lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth I and, at the same time, confidante to Mary Queen of Scots, whom Bess and her 4th husband (the Earl of Shrewsbury) kept under house-arrest for over 15 years until Mary's execution.

'Who'd 'ave thought, this Derbyshire lass would one day be tab-hanging between two great queens?'

An ambitious show presented as a seamless mix of powerful live performance and luscious film, shot on location at Hardwick Hall.

'A tour de force, striking outstanding production, triumph for actress Michelle Todd and playwright Kevin Fegan'
British Theatre Guide

'Britain's most innovative playwright'
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Supported by First Art

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Theatre Royal Wakefield, Drury Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2TE

Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894.