Adelaide Fringe


Straylight Australia presents


Meet Queens Margaret, Titania, Hermione, Tamara, Cleopatra and more, from over a dozen plays, in sixty action-packed minutes.  Shakespeare's seductively powerful queens star in a fascinating hour of intrigue, passion, tragedy and triumph, presented by Good Queen Bess and the witty Bard himself.

Many Shakespeare fans and historians are fascinated by the tantalising question of whether, as the two greatest celebrities of their age, Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, ever actually met.  He certainly acted in plays presented before her at court and some of the queens in his plays may have been modelled on her. But, in the absence of modern paparazzi, phone hacking or Twitter,  there is no evidence of any actual introduction or conversation.   

'In this new production, Shakespeare and Elizabeth do meet – under rather unusual circumstances', says director Roz Riley. 'Together, they summon the famous queens of his plays to the stage to relive the greatest tragedies and triumphs of the amazing lives he wrote for them.  It's a fascinating opportunity to meet a great many fabulously powerful women, and the men they fought and loved, in one go.'

Straylight Australia returns to the Adelaide Fringe to premier this show at The Bakehouse Theatre, where the company's internationally successful Shakespeare's Mothers: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know was a big hit last year.

Professional and slick (Advertiser), Clever and funny (Adelaide Theatre Guide), Lively and engaging (Fringe Review), A superbly crafted piece of theatre... get a ticket while you still can (Glam Adelaide)

Where:     Main Stage, The Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas St, Adelaide 5000

When:       Mon-Sat 27 Feb-17 Mar @19:30, Sun 4 Mar @14:00, Thurs 1,8,15 Mar @13:30

Tix:        $22/$18/$15  from or 1300 FRINGE (374 643)

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Media contact:  Kath Perry, Producer -   +61 0419 185 670