New Plays: Portrait of a Queen

Queen Victoria has proved to be considerably more durable than the British Empire. The stage has become her throne and she has moved from history into legend. For Helen Hayes, the role was the apex of an acting career. For Dorothy Tutin, 37, whose dramatic resources are rich, varied and unspent, it is more like a tiara worn with casual ele gance. William Francis' Portrait of a Queen, which opened on Broadway last week, is not so much a play as a pastiche—part documentary chronicle, part dear-diary journal, part dusty archive of...

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