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Portrait of a Queen - Full Length Play, Drama

Portrait of a Queen

William Francis

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Full Length Play, Drama

12m, 5f

ISBN: MS00000000129

NOTICE: Please be advised, this title is from the Samuel French Vault and is made from a scan of an archived manuscript. We hope you’ll treasure this glimpse into theatre history.

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Full Length Play




Reader's Theatre

A remarkable play that has the aspect of readers' theatre, but transcends it by being fundamentally a play, with dramatic progression and impact. The dialogue is composed of the actual words of the personages represented—a stunning integration of history and theatre. And what personages! The portrait is basically that of Queen Victoria, from the volatile young girl to the wise and crafty old lady who ruled one-fourth of the earth; but surrounding her are the greatest men of an entire century, particularly Gladstone and Disraeli, whose forensic encounters contributed so gloriously to the English language. All is told, nothing withheld. Here are the words that shaped the destinies of nations, enduring as poetry, with a magnificent second act climax. ("The great moment is utterly heartbreaking." - New York Daily News). Epic in concept, counterpointed by raffish ballads of the period ("delightfully witty"—WABC-TV), boundless with mirth, a staging conceived in simplicity, which returns the stage to the beauty of speech, of mind and of heart.
"Events are all given the tingle of contemporary reports; at times the history seems as hot as last night's late news...Art seems supremely sublimated to life." - The New York Times

"A real work of art, attacking coherently the emotions and intellect." - London Times

"A dazzling and curiously touching journey." - Christian Science Monitor

"Wit and humor and penetrating comment. A memorable evening." - London Stage

"Most attractive, touching and human record. Queen Victoria has moved from history into legend." - Time

"An enchanting piece of theatre." - WABC-TV

"A play permeated by excellence."— WCBS-TV



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Julia Moore 4/6/2017 7:16 AM
This play--based on Queen Victoria's letters and diaries--is a wonderfully moving and engaging play. It's the "Hamilton" for Queen Victoria without the rap music

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