- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Longmans, Green and Co. (1936)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001IPHK1S
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Elizabeth the Queen A Play in Three Acts Hardcover – 1936
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Like many of Anderson's plays, ELIZABETH THE QUEEN is written in blank verse--something extremely unusual for an American play of the 20th Century--and is performed in three acts notable scene changes and a cast of more than thirty players. The original 1930 company was led by no less than Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, a duo considered the single finest acting partnership on the American stage. Although specifically named for Elizabeth I, the play itself is evenly divided between Elizabeth and Lord Essex, and would perhaps be better named in the 1939 film version THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX, which starred Bette Davis and Errol Flynn in a surprisingly faithful adaptation.
The play presents the aging but determinedly unwed Queen Elizabeth of England in a passionate love affair with the younger Essex, but while both clearly love each other, the relationship is complicated by their own political ambitions and the ambitions of those around them. Elizabeth is determined to hold her throne and nation and is no fan of war, which sees a drain of both manpower and treasury to no particular end; Essex, however seeks military glory and is outraged when Elizabeth refuses to give him free hand.Read more ›