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Mary Stuart Overview

A new adaptation by Robert Icke

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It’s all in the execution.

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida Theatre in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from 15 January for a limited run.

Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

★★★★★
‘The last act is devastatingly fine. Magnificent.’
Evening Standard, Fiona Mountford

★★★★★
‘A show to lose your head and your heart to’
Time Out, Caroline McGinn

★★★★★
‘A richly intellectual spectacle.’
Daily Mail, Quentin Letts

★★★★★
‘An electrifying production’ 
The Observer, Susannah Clapp