Elizabeth steps out of the shadows at arts theatre

I, Elizabeth

I, Elizabeth - Credit: Archant

A second chance to see the Edinburgh preview of I, Elizabeth is on offer tonight at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans.

It is written, performed and directed by St Albans-based Dyad Productions which has brought such productions as Dalloway, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe and Austen’s Women to the theatre where it is an asssociate artist.

I, Elizabeth is set in 1568 when, at a crossroads in history, a young queen steps from the shadows to confess her thoughts on marriage, succession, religion and war.

Only 25 and famously unmarried, she was the most educated woman of her age. I, Elizabeth looks at the woman behind the crown using Elizabeth’s own words adapted from letters, speeches and writings.

It explores the tension between desire and duty to reveal the woman behind the crown.

Dyad Productions is the brainchild of Rebecca Vaughan and Elton Townend Jones and the company tours classic theatre with a contemporary emphasis.

I.Elizabeth is written and performed by Rebecca, produced by Elton and directed by Guy Masterson, best known for his Olivier Award-winning performance of Morecamble.

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The play has toured annually since 2010 and in 2013, it played a series of prestigious performances at the National Portrait Gallery.

The performance starts at 8pm and tickets at £12 can be obtained from www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo, by phone on 0333 666 3366 or in person at the St Albans Tourist and Information Centre at the Town Hall in Market Place.