Serving Elizabeth


Marcia Johnson

About the book

Serving Elizabeth begins in Kenya in 1952, during the fateful royal visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. Mercy, a restaurant owner, is approached to cook for the royal couple. As a staunch anti-monarchist, how can she take the job? Decades later, Tia, a Kenyan-Canadian film student interning in the London office of a production company doing a series about Queen Elizabeth, discovers that there may be more to the story of the royal visit than we have been led to believe. Although she’s been a fan of princesses all her life, Tia learns that fairy tales and real life are very different things.

Serving Elizabeth is a funny, fresh, and topical play about colonialism, monarchy, and who is serving whom — or what.

“Brings new twists to storytelling about the royal family.” —Kamloops Omega

Serving Elizabeth is now also available as an ebook at these online retailers:

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About the author

Marcia Johnson is a playwright and actor based in Toronto. Her plays include Binti’s Journey, an adaptation of The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis; Courting Johanna (Scirocco Drama, 2009), based on Alice Munro’s “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage,” and Late. Her plays have been performed by the Blyth Festival, Obsidian Theatre Company, Theatre Direct Canada, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Black Theatre Workshop, Western Canadian Theatre Company, and more.

My Mother’s Ring, a short opera for which she wrote the libretto with composer Stephen A. Taylor, was nominated for a 2009 Dora Mavor Moore Award. Their second collaboration, Paradises Lost, based on the Ursula K. Le Guin novella, had excerpted concert performances by Third Angle Ensemble in Portland, Oregon and at The Gershwin Hotel in New York.

136pp, 5.5″x8.5″