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A well-engineered, engrossing and atmospheric take on Elizabeth I's conflict between being a woman, and being a Sovereign. See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)
Diane D'Aquila ... Queen Elizabeth
Brent Carver ... Ned Lowenscroft
Peter Hutt ... Will Shakespeare
Scott Wentworth ... Jack Edmund
Bernard Hopkins ... Lord Cecil
Joyce Campion ... Kate Tardell
Keith Dinicol ... Percy Gower

Paul Dunn ... Harry
Florence MacGregor ... Lady Mary Stanley
Evan Buliung ... Matt
Claire Julien ... Eliza Vernon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Morgane Slemp ... Young Elizabeth (uncredited)

Directed by
Barbara Willis Sweete 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Timothy Findley  play "Elizabeth Rex"
Kate Melville  adaptation (as Kate Miles Melville)

Produced by
Niv Fichman .... producer
Daniel Iron .... producer
Jennifer Jonas .... producer
Cinematography by
Milan Podsedly 
Film Editing by
David Wharnsby 
Production Design by
Matthew Davies 
Makeup Department
Mary Monforte .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Matt Cahill .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Jason Lunn .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Matt Ahrens .... first assistant sound editor
Graham Armstrong .... second boom operator
Kathy Choi .... sound editor
Erik Culp .... foley mixer
Garrett Kerr .... dialogue editor
Martin Lee .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
David Fisher .... gaffer
Casting Department
Sara Cuthbert .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita K. Schapansky .... wardrobe set supervisor
Editorial Department
Branko Vasovic .... assistant editor
Other crew
George Anthony .... creative head: arts, music, science & variety
Max Armstrong .... production assistant
Linda Darras .... production accountant
Donna Feore .... choreographer
Soo-Won Lee .... script supervisor
Larry David Wilson .... production assistant

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A well-engineered, engrossing and atmospheric take on Elizabeth I's conflict between being a woman, and being a Sovereign., 25 November 2004
Author: david-little from Toronto

The story takes place on the night before the dawn execution for treason of Robert, Earl of Essex. Shakespeare and his company of actors are at court, under curfew in a barn, with the Queen through her restless night as she struggles with the decision she has made to behead her beloved "Robin".

On the sixteenth century stage the parts of women were played by men; the only woman in the company is the seamstress who makes and repairs the costumes. The Queen is intrigued by the nature of the men that play these roles, and whether their 'essence' is truly that of a man, or of a woman. In part to entertain and divert the Queen who is tormented by her decision to execute Essex, and in part to illuminate the question that so intrigues her, members of the company recite and play short vignettes from various of Shakespeare's plays. In this vein they challenge the Queen with provocative questions that would be inadmissible at any other time or place, and reveal their sympathy for Essex. At times the Queen commands and threatens regally, at times she drops her guard and confesses her womanly feelings. There is a powerful counterpoint for the Queen who feels the sexual passion of a woman, but must put that aside to act in the interest of the State - or, as she said to the army at Tilbury: "I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a King". Here, poignantly, she says to the male actor: "If you will teach me how to be a woman . . . I will teach you how to be a man."

Meanwhile, Shakespeare is taking notes, perhaps for some future play....but it will not be performed in his lifetime, nor the Queen's.

The set is somewhat stagy, but creates good atmosphere; the Shakespearean quotes blend well with the play's own dialogue. Brent Carver gives a powerful and convincing performance as the actor who plays the female parts, and Diane d'Aquila is commendable as Elizabeth. Overall, an engrossing production that makes you feel you are in the rafters, secretly watching an intimate and revealing behind-the-scenes moment of history.

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