‘Maria Stewart’ premiere at the National Theater in Warsaw – Saturday | Happen or occur

Imprisoned Maria Stewart is full of hope. In such situations, “on the edge of a knife”, a person always hopes that a miracle will happen – says PAP Wiktoria Gorodeckaja, who created the title character in “Maria Stuart” according to Friedrich Schiller. The premiere of Grzegorz Wiśniewski at the National Theater on May 21.

“It seems to me that, before death, a man is filled with hope. Especially since Maria Stuart was full of pride from the very beginning of her life, because she was already born as a queen” – explained and Victoria Gorodetskaya, adding that her character “hopes that fate will change and everything will be fixed.”

The actress noted that Queen Elizabeth I “isn’t easy, either.” “He has to make a decision to behead or rescue his sister or relative. There is a danger that once Maria Stewart is released, intrigue and competition will intensify again,” she said.

“The most interesting thing for the viewer is the whole way Elizabeth I makes the decision and the way she takes it. He hesitated once, then met Maria Stewart,” she said. “In Maria Stewart, on the other hand, temperament transcends reason or wisdom” – Gorodetskaya assesses, adding that “these are two strong personalities.”

The actress admitted that “the most difficult scene for her in the performance was the conversation with Elizabeth I.” “Because I have great affection for Danuta Stenka, and yet in this scene in Maria Stewart there is a lot of anger towards Elizabeth I,” – she explained. She added that the two queens had never met, although Elizabeth I became godmother to Maria Stuart’s son.

“This is show, and strength, about winning and losing. He does not know if victory is not with Maria Stewart who dies and the loss is in Elizabeth, who remains with this guilt until the end of her days.” – Notice the artist.

Victoria Gorodikaga noted that Merrick Kachmaric’s set design, made up of large, jagged blocks of walls and ceiling, “emphasizes the seclusion of both Maria Stuart in prison and Elizabeth I in her royal palace.”

Asked by PAP whether Queen Elizabeth, who played her, regretted the murder of her cousin, Maria Stewart, Danuta Stenka said: “I think she did.” “It seems to me that in that part of her life when Maria Stuart and the trouble with her appearance, perhaps the strongest feeling for Queen Elizabeth is fear. This is the feeling that haunts her and that she fights, confronts, and tries to fight against. The cure is the only possible way: to remove fear Maria Stewart must be removed”- The actress explained.

Stenka states that in the play and in Schiller’s play there is only one scene when the two protagonists meet. “Anyway, this never actually happened. Therefore, it is not clear to us players whether this scene really happened in the reality of this play, or whether it was played out in Maria and Elizabeth’s thoughts, or perhaps in their dreams” – She said.

“In this performance, those for and against Maria Stewart are much more competitive. There is no room for direct competition between the two queens,” she said. “One is trying to survive and the other is trying to survive. This is actually a battle for life” – assessed.

She noted, “Although Elizabeth is Queen, she knows that her life is also in question as long as Maria Stuart is alive.” “After all, there are attacks on Elizabeth now and then,” she added.

“This is a story about emotions, about a man,” she said. “Great personalities and historical figures appear on the stage – and yet they are human beings” – emphasized Danuta Stenka.

The plot of Friedrich Schiller’s play is set in England in the sixteenth century. “There is a devastating religious war and a bloody struggle between two women – the Queens of England and Scotland – for power over all of Britain,” she wrote. It is reported that “Shiller’s drama, based on historical events, has not been released behind the scenes for two hundred years, and the roles of both heroes pose a challenge to future generations of actresses.”

“Women are not weak. In my presence please do not speak of women’s weakness” – declares the Governor of England in one of the scenes of the play. “In the show, viewers note sophisticated diplomatic games, intrigues and intrigues in which the whole court participates. No one is safe, people walk on the floors of the castle as if on thin ice” – we read in the information on the site of the theater.

“+ My head has been the target of these plots, but your mind will fall! + – says Elipita. We will witness a duel of queens who swarm to lofty proclamations, succumb to menial impulses, often let down by their political instincts” – it was so written. “Historical patterns don’t loosen the grip. The history machine has slowly, accurately and effectively taken hold” – evaluated.

As stated, “tyranny collides with freedom.” “There is a great political drama to be resolved among the court intrigues, but also among the great human drama” – it was written in the announcement of the performance.

“Mariah Stewart” is the National Theater’s fourth premiere in the 2021/22 season.

Grzegorz Wiśniewski presented Schiller’s “Maria Stuart” in 2008 at Teatr im. W. Horzyca in Toruń and in 2015 at the Studyjny Theater of the Polish National School of Film, Television and Theater in ód. His play Toruń brought him an award for its directing during the 4th National Competition for Ancient Works of European Literature in 2009.

The translation is by Jacek Stanisław Buras. Directed by – Grzegorz Wiśniewski. Design, fashion, lighting and video display group – Mirek Kaczmarek.

Starring: Danuta Stenka (Elizabeth, Queen of England), Victoria Gorodekaga (Marya Stewart, Queen of Scots, imprisoned in England), Matthews Rossen (Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester), Jaroslav Jagowski (George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury), Przemyslav Stippa (Wilhelm) ), Baron Burleigh, Great Treasurer), Pawe Brzeszcz (William Davison, Minister of Foreign Affairs), Wiesław Cichy (Amias Paulet, Maria’s guardian), Karol Pocheć (Mortimer, his nephew) and Marcin Przybylski (Count of Aubespine, in French envoy).

Premiere – May 21 on 19 in the auditorium of the Bogusławski National Theater in Warsaw. Post Shows – May 22 and 24-25 (PAP)

Author: Grzegorz Janikowski

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