Young Elizabeth

Francis Letton, Jennette Dowling

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6f, 16m

When Henry VIII dies he leaves behind him a discomfortable inheritance: the Treasury is empty, the coinage has been debased, he had quarrelled with the Pope, and of his three children, where only one, Edward, is a boy, with his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth have been declared illegitimate...
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 16m
  • SubGenre
    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Elizabeth is looked upon with great favour by Katherine Parr, and for a while the young Princess lives with her widowed step-mother in Chelsea. But Elizabeth has inherited from her father the Tudor qualities of evergy and strength, of a fiery temper and in spite of a certain brutality and courseness, a remarkable capacity for inspiring devoted affection. Nobody can be indifferent to Elizabeth; and now so much devotion threatens to spring up between her and her step-mother's newly wedded husband Thomas Seymour, brother of the lord Proctor, that it is soon considered expedient she should retire to Hatfield House. Before long Katherine dies in childbirth. And soon after Thomas, analtogether rash young man, finds out how perilous it is to befriend Elizabeth, and loses his head. The rivalry between the Seymours and Dudleys for control of the King's person and the succession to the throne leads to many attempts to implicate Elizabeth in public plots and private scandals in the hope of provoking cause for her removal...
Produced at the New Vic Theatre, London, 2nd April 1952


Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


In the London production, a unit setting was used, with changes made by lighting and by altering the positions of doors and windows and by the use of hangings, 7 interiors


6f, 16m
Cast Attributes

Lord Thomas Seymour
Lord Robert Tyrwhitt
William Cecil 
Bishop Gardiner
Thomas Parry
Robert Dudley
Sir Francis Verney 
Sir Thomas Wyatt
Sir Peter Carew
Abel Cousins
Lord William Howard
A Page, 2 Gentlemen, 2 Guards
Katherine Parr
Mary Tudor
Katherine Ashley
Elizabeth Tudor
Lady Tyrwhitt
Amy: a serving maid




Francis Letton


Jennette Dowling

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