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22 September @ 19:00 - 22:00£28
This autumn, Tudor and Elizabethan National Trust properties open their doors for the premiere of Olivier-Award winning OperaUpClose’s new English version of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda.
Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I go head-to-head in this historical tragedy, culminating in a fictitious meeting between the rival queens, which sizzles with vocal fireworks. Political leaders jostling for position as battle-lines are drawn over questions of national sovereignty? We’ll leave you to draw any contemporary parallels…
For one night only, Maria Stuarda‘s cast of six singers and a pianist will perform Donizetti’s powerful melodies to an audience of fifty in the marble decorated Entrance Hall at Osterley Park & House. Surrounded by picturesque gardens, park and farmland, Osterley House was originally a Tudor manor, built in the 1560s. It is known that Queen Elizabeth I visited the estate when it was owned by her financial adviser, Sir Thomas Gresham, and the original buildings still remain today. Today, the house is presented as it would have looked in the Georgian period; enter the house the same way as the family’s guests via the impressive stone steps leading up to the portico.
Tickets cost £28 (£21 Concessions available, please call the Box Office on 020 3176 7823). You can pre-book a parking spot in Osterley’s car park for £5.50, parking will cost £7 on the day and is subject to availability. The car park is 400 yards up the main driveway from the house. Alternatively you can take the Piccadilly Line to Osterley station, which is 1 mile from the house.