by Sir Walter Scott, adapted by Richard Hills
Taken from Sir Walter Scott’s famous novel Kenilworth, it is a great tragedy, woven round the mystery surrounding the death of the beautiful Amy Robsart, secret wife of the Earl of Leicester. To safeguard his position as Queen Elizabeth’s favourite, he is forced to conceal his marriage in order to avoid incurring displeasure.
Amy is hidden in a country house at Cumnor, but her determination to be recognised as Countess Leicester ends in her downfall.
Fascinating glimpses of the Elizabethan Court, Sir Walter Raleigh, Edmund Tressilian, the Earl of Sussex and the revels at Kenilworth are shown in this play.
Several scenes can be elaborately decorated, or simply performed with curtains, drapes, and spotlighting in the Shakespearian style.
Some men’s parts can be doubled. Ideal parts for anyone wishing to play a Sir Henry Irving or Sir Donald Wolfitt roles in that of the Earl of Leicester and Sir Richard Varney. Some sword fights involved.
M15 F5 – some doubling possible
GILES GOSLING Innkeeper at the Black Bear Inn
MICHAEL LAMBOURE A traveller
EDMUND TRESSILIAN A young Cornish gallant
JANET FOSTER Servant to Amy Leicester
ANTHONY FOSTER Old man in charge of Cumnor Place
AMY ROBSART Countess of Leicester
RICHARD VARNEY Servant to Earl of Leicester
DUDLEY LEICESTER Earl of Leicester, favourite of Queen Elizabeth
WAYLAND SMITH Blacksmith, herbalist and juggler
NICHOLAS BLOUNT Master of horse to Earl of Sussex
WALTER RALEIGH A young gallant
QUEEN ELIZABETH 1st Queen of England
TWO LADIES-IN-WAITING One is the Duchess of Rutland
TWO GUARDS The Queen’s Royal Guards
EARL OF SUSSEX Disapproves of Earl of Leicester
ALASCO MASTERS Old astrologer and the Queen’s physician
LAWRENCE STAPLE Keeper of the prison at Kenilworth Castle
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