Astor theatre hosts extraordinary tale of Elizabeth I

I Elizabeth... a fascinating tale

I Elizabeth... a fascinating tale - Credit: Archant

Production explores the woman behind the crown

1568: at a vital crossroads in history a young queen steps from the shadows to unburden herself of her many troubles and reveal her innermost thoughts on marriage, succession, religion, war and the challenges to her throne. But time is against her...

Elizabeth I: Queen at 25, political phoenix and famously unmarried, she was the most educated woman of her age – but who was the woman beneath the crown?

Using only Elizabeth’s own words – adapted from letters, speeches and writings – I, Elizabeth illuminates a fascinating and insightful moment of decision in the young monarch’s reign.

Defying the establishment by choosing to lead her country alone, Elizabeth has forsaken her own dreams and desires in order to steer England towards national and spiritual security.

I, Elizabeth explores the struggle to reconcile the desires of womanhood with the duties of sovereignty to expose the royal heart of an iconic historical figure.

Elizabeth I: traitor, heretic or prisoner? Call her what you like... the rest is history.

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This fascinating piece of work, written and performed by Rebecca Vaughan and directed by Guy Masterson, is Deal’s Astor Community Theatre on Friday, May 2, at 8pm (doors 7pm).

Tickets are priced at £12 (students £10). To book, phone 01304 370220 or visit theastor.org.