Bess The Commoner Queen
A story of survival and success in the brutal world of Elizabethan politics.
“In these troubled times, Fortune hangs by a single thread…”
A female story of survival and astonishing business success in the brutal world of Elizabethan politics, as witnessed first-hand by ‘Bess of Hardwick’. Born a farmer’s daughter, Bess rose to become the richest woman in Elizabethan England. She created the Cavendish dynasty, built Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall and became a maker of queens. Bess was the closest female friend and Lady-in-Waiting to Elizabeth I and, at the same time, confidante to Mary Queen of Scots, whom Bess and her 4th husband (the Earl of Shrewsbury) kept under house-arrest for over 15 years until Mary’s execution.
An ambitious show presented as a seamless mix of powerful live performance and luscious film, shot on location at Hardwick Hall.