The play that gives us one of Shakespeare's most complex and fascinating characters is also the most entertaining of his history plays. Watch with horror tinged with delight as the shrewd, manipulative, cunning third son of the royal family engages in a devilish chess match -- his goal, the throne; the result, bloody good fun. This great play about ambition is not just a brilliant character study (and one of the most desired parts in the canon!), it is also a rich tapestry of characters whose fates and choices are governed by their relationships to the title character. It will resonate with anyone who has witnessed political maneuvering in any context. Performed in repertory with Mary Stuart.