Friedrich Schiller (*1759 – 1805) is regarded as one of the most important German dramatists. Together with Goethe, Wieland and Herder he is one of the most eminent representatives of Weimar Classicism. Upon ducal order and against the will of his parents, he joined the Stuttgart Military Academy in 1773 and initially studied law. In 1775 the Academy was moved from Solitude Palace to the Stuttgart city center and Schiller changed the subject of his studies to medicine. Apart from his medical interest he immersed himself in the works by Plutarch, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Rousseau and Goethe. In 1781 Schiller completed his drama “The Robbers”. The play was anonymously printed in the same year and first staged at the Mannheimer Theater in 1782, where Schiller worked as in-house author until 1785. In 1784 Friedrich Schiller finished the drama “Intrigue and Love”, in 1787 “Don Carlos” was printed and first performed. Two years later he accepted a professorship in Jena where he taught history. He published numerous philosophical and theoretical literary writings, including “On Grace and Dignity” (1793), “On the Aesthetic Education of Man” (1795) and “On Naïve and Sentimental Poetry” (1795). From 1796 until 1800 Friedrich Schiller published the literary magazine “Muses' Almanac”. In subsequent years he completed the dramas “Wallenstein” (1799), “Maria Stuart” (1800), “The Maid of Orléans” (1801), “The Bride of Messina” (1803) and “Wilhelm Tell” (1804).
Currently “Maria Stuart” is on the program at the Münchner Kammerspiele under the direction of Andreas Kriegenburg.