Elizabeth the Queen (play)

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Elizabeth the Queen
Written by Maxwell Anderson
Date premiered November 27, 1930
Place premiered Guild Theatre
New York City, New York
Original language English
Genre Drama
Setting various parts of Whitehall palace

Elizabeth the Queen was a 1930 Broadway three-act play written in blank verse by Maxwell Anderson, produced by the Theatre Guild, directed by Philip Moeller and with scenic and costume design by Lee Simonson. It ran for 147 performances from November 3, 1930, to March 1931 at the Guild Theatre. The starring roles were played by Lynn Fontanne as Elizabeth and Alfred Lunt as Lord Essex.

It was adapted into a 1939 film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bette Davis, Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland and a 1968 TV movie, Elizabeth the Queen directed by George Schaefer and starring Judith Anderson and Charlton Heston.


The play revolves around the love affair but also jealousy between the aging Queen Elizabeth I of England and her much younger suitor Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex.


Multiple roles as Courtiers, Guards, Men-at-arms:

  • Michael Borodin
  • James A. Boshell
  • Thomas Eyre
  • George Fleming
  • Perry King
  • Henry Lase
  • Guy Moore
  • Stanley Ruth
  • Nick Wiger
  • James Wiley


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