CVAR to stage life and times of ‘last queen of Cyprus’

The life and times of the last queen of Cyprus will unfold in a theatrical performance next month.

The South’s Presidential Palace will host the English-language monologue detailing Venetian noblewoman Caterina Cornaro’s life from the age of 14 until her death in 1510 at the age of 55. It will include her bond with and life in Cyprus and her tragic status as a pawn of ruthless political manoeuvring to dominate the island.

Caterina Cornaro was chosen by James II of Cyprus as his wife in 1473, leading the Republic of Venice to secure commercial rights and other privileges on the island.

The pair were wed in Gazi Mağusa in 1472 but James died soon after, with a pregnant Caterina acting as regent. She became monarch from 1474 but was forced to abdicate 15 years later, giving up administration of Cyprus to the Venetians.

She reportedly left in tears, with the local population devastated to see her depart.

The December 16 show is organised by the Centre of Visual Arts and Research Severis Foundation (CVAR), directed by Andreas Araouzos and written by Anthie Zachariadou.

It starts at 7pm at the palace in Strovolos, South Nicosia, and tickets, costing 20 euros, may be collected at the door after being reserved by calling 00 357 22 400 400.

Queen Caterina Cornaro

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