Mary Stuart

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There have been numerous dramatic works about the life and death of Mary Stuart over the centuries, many with the title Mary Stuart.

For a useful overview see for example the Wikipedia entry on Cultural depictions of Mary, Queen of Scots[1]

Below we refer to works that have performed in South Africa.

Mary Stuart, an English translation of Maria Stuart by Friedrich Schiller

For information on the Schiller play and its performances in South Africa, see the entry on Maria Stuart

Mary Stuart, a one-act play by John Drinkwater (1882-1937)

The original text

Written by John Drinkwater (1882-1937)[2], the original play was produced in New York in 1921 and published in London by Sidgwick & Jackson, also in 1921.

Performances in South Africa

1969: Possibly the text used by the Stutterheim Amateur Dramatic Society in their production of Mary Stuart, directed by Fitz Morley and using costumes lent to them by CAPAB).

Mary Stuart a play by Denise Stoklos

The original text

A one-woman play written by Brazilian writer, actress and director Denise Stoklos (1950-)[3]. Drawing inspiration from various sources and incorporating lines from a play by Darcia Maraini[4] and texts by Romain Gary [5], the play was published in Mary Stuart (1993).

Performances in South Africa

1998: Performed, directed, designed and choreographed by the author, Denise Stoklos, at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, 5, 7 and 8 July. Isla Jay was the lighting designer. Presented with the assistance of the Embassy of Brazil.


Marian Gleason 1936. Mary Stuart on the English and American stage Unpublished MA thesis. University of Massachusetts Amherst[6]

National Arts Festival programme, 1998. 49.

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