The Queens

Glasswater Theatre presents
The Queens
by Normand Chaurette
translated by Linda Gaboriau

as the 2011 UCDP Alumni Performance Project

Drawing inspiration from the characters of Shakespeare’s Richard III, The Queens tells the story of six ruthless and passionate royal women, all vying for a chance at power. Set just prior to Richard III’s ascent to the throne, the women struggle against the ties of blood, marriage and political circumstance, as they attempt to secure their position in the new monarchy. Written in rich and lyrical verse, Normand Chaurette gives voice to these often unheard characters, showing the humanity and frustration behind their crowns. It is an incredible journey into the dark and ever-shifting world of the queens.


Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79A St. George Street, Toronto, ON


September 8-18, 2011


Claire Acott
Cecily, Duchess of York
Bronwyn Caudle
Anne Warwick
Cosette Derome
Isabel Warwick
Carolyn Grace Hall
Queen Elizabeth
Tina Sterling
Queen Margaret
Jenna Turk
Anne Dexter

Creative Team

Mairin Smit
Jenna Koenig
Stage Manager
Susan Bond
Linn Øyen Farley
Lighting Design
Una Ruud Saxvik
Sound Design
Caitilin O’Hare
Costume Design
Beth Duffus
Costume Design
Emily Opal Smith
Megan Blake
Scenic Painting


“The beauty of the women’s movement and the depth of their emotion made the hour and a half incredibly captivating. I also have to applaud Smit’s ability to find humour in the incredibly dark subject matter.”
- Michelle Barker, Mooney on Theatre

“Beautiful to watch and to listen to”
- Jeniva Berger,