A new play by Michel Marc Bouchard, translated by Linda Gaboriau. Directed by Vanessa Porteous
A fascinating story, based on the real Life of Sweden’s Queen Christina, the seventeenth century monarch who inherited the throne at age 7 and ultimately gave up the throne, her country and her religion to be free.
This is a wonderful production – visually stunning, clearly presented, and with a very strong cast. Jenny Young as Christina and Claire Lautier as her love, Countess Ebba Sparre are electrifying. The love scenes are so sensual, you feel more like a voyeur than an audience.
The intensity of the relationship is offset by the hilarious performance of Graham Abbey as Count Johan Oxensterne, her childhood friend and half hearted suitor; and by Patricia Collins as he mother.
Brigit Wilson gives an excellent performance as the Duchess Erika Brahe, who sees everything, but knows nothing. Wayne Best, John Kirkpatrick, Ryan Wilkie, Kevin Bundy and Elliott Loran round out the cast.