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Bess - The Commoner Queen - Matinee Perforfmance

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Leeming Street

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 1NG

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Bess - The commoner Queen


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.

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" (Plays International).

Running time: 1hr 40 + 20 minute interval

Suitable for ages 12+

Supported by First Art

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