Bess The Commoner Queen

a new play by Kevin Fegan

NATIONAL TOUR MARCH – JUNE 2019

BUXTON: The Pavillion Arts Centre SK17 6AZ – Saturday 2 March 7.30pm

Tickets: £15 Discounts are available. Box Office: 01298 72190 www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

NOTTINGHAM:  Djanogly Theatre Lakeside Arts Centre NG7 2RD – Mon 11 March 7.30pm & Tues 12 March 1pm

Tickets: £16 (£14 concs, £12 restricted view) Box Office: 0115 846 7777  lakesidearts.org.uk

LINCOLN: Drill Hall LN2 1EY – Thurs 14th March 7.30pm

Pay What You Decide Event  Box Office: 01522 873894  www.lincolndrillhall.com

MANSFIELD: Old Library Theatre NG18 1NG - Thursday 21 March 7.30pm & Friday 22 March 2pm

Tickets FREE to book, pay what you can on the night. Book online at www.inspireculture.org.uk/theatre

SALFORD: The Lowry Aldridge Studio M50 3AZ – Sat 23 March 8pm

Tickets: £12 Concessions £2 off. Box Office: 0843 208 6010  Group Bookings: 0843 208 6003

www.thelowry.com/drama

PETERBOROUGH: Key Theatre Studio PE1 1EF – Thurs 11th April 7.45pm & Friday 12th April 2.30pm

Tickets: £12.50 (£10 KTC & KYT members) Box Office: 01733 207239    key.theatre@vivacity.org

WAKEFIELD: Theatre Royal Walker Studio WF1 2TE – Tues 23rd April 7.45pm

Tickets: £12 (concs available). Box Office: 01924 211 311  www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

STAFFORD: Gatehouse Theatre Met Studio ST16 2LT – Friday 26th April 8pm

Tickets: £13.50   Box Office: 01785 619080   gatehouse@freedom-leisure.co.uk

KING’S LYNN: Festival Extra – Sun 28th April (time & venue to be confirmed)

Box Office: 01553 764864

DERBY: Guildhall Theatre DE1 3AH – Wed 12–Sat 15 June 7:30pm and Thu & Sat matinee 2pm

Tickets: £15, concessions £13, group rates available. Box Office: 01332 255800  Derbylive.co.uk

CANTERBURY: Marlowe Kit Theatre – Tues 18th June. Box Office: 01227 787787 marlowetheatre.com

LONDON: King’s Head Theatre N1 1QN – Sun 16th & Mon 17th June 7pm and Sun 23rd & Mon 24th June 7pm

Tickets: £18 (£15 concs) Box Office: 0207 226 8561  boxoffice@kingsheadtheatre.com

For bookings and technical specifications please contact: kevfegan@gmail.com or 07904 111 671

“In these troubled times, Fortune hangs by a single thread…”

A unique insight into the political intrigues of Elizabethan England, as witnessed first-hand by “Bess of Hardwick”. 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.

“Who’d ‘ave thought, this Derbyshire lass would one day be tab-hanging between two great queens?”

Born a farmer’s daughter, Bess “the commoner queen” rose to become the richest woman in Elizabethan England. She created the Cavendish dynasty and became a maker of queens. Her grand-daughter, Arbella Stuart, was second-in-line to James I and groomed by Bess to become queen and Bess counts amongst her descendants our current Queen Elizabeth II and her heirs to the throne via Lady Diana Spencer.

“My epitaph will say, ‘she built magnificent buildings’,
and yet I find that building is not so hard:
one brick on another like a house of cards;
but a legacy? A legacy is not of brick but blood
and cannot readily be understood.”

This is a female story of survival and astonishing business success in the brutal world of Elizabethan politics.

“Everyone casts a shadow in the sun: we all hath good and bad deeds done.”

An ambitious one-woman show presented as a seamless mix of powerful live performance and luscious film shot on location at Hardwick Hall.

Published by Playdead Press.