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Following a critically acclaimed run at the Almeida Theatre in December 2016 - January 2017, Robert Icke's new adaptation of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart has transferred to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre from January 2018 and will later embark on a UK tour.

Schiller's political tragedy explores the backstage goings-on of some of the most crucial days in British history, both politically and Royally. Focusing on Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, one in power, one in prison, Schiller's play uncovers the reality that getting ahead is all in the execution.

Reprising their roles from the Almeida Theatre, Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play's central roles, deciding who steps into who's shoes by a coin toss at each performance.

Mary Stuart running time: 
3 hours 5 minutes
24 images
About Mary Stuart:

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It’s all in the execution. Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days.

Friedrich Schiller, adapted by Robert Icke
Almeida Theatre
Robert Icke
Jackie Shemesh
Paul Arditti
Hildegard Bechtler
Cast list:
Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams will share the central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin. They will be joined by Alexander Cobb, Rudi Dharmalingam, Vincent Franklin, David Jonsson, John Light, Carmen Munroe, Eileen Nicholas, Daniel Rabin, Sule Rimi and Alan Williams.
Other info:
Original music by Laura Marling Video by Tim Reid
Mary Stuart Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Saturday, 13 January, 2018
Opening date: 
Thursday, 25 January, 2018
Booking to: 
Saturday, 31 March, 2018

Duke of York's Theatre

45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square
Seating Plan:

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Our Mary Stuart Review

North London's Almeida Theatre has become the centre of theatrical gravity, in every sense, in town. Hot on the heels of its West End transfer of James Graham's Ink, now Robert Icke's taut, grippingly urgent production of Schiller's Mary Stuart follows it into the same Duke of York's Theatre.

Sometimes the theatre calendar saves the best till last. And now straight after one of the best musicals of the year Dreamgirls finally opened in London, 35 years after its Broadway premiere, we have one of the year's best play revivals, too, with a magnificently gripping, intense production of Schiller's political thriller Mary Stuart. Originally premiered over 200 years ago, and revolving... Read more

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Robert Icke’s inventive staging of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart proved another hit for the Almeida last year, the centrepiece being the actress to play the central role being decided by the flip of a coin on the night; Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams would share the roles of Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I. Rudi Dharmalingam plays Mortimer, the nephew of Mary Stuart’s custodian. We spoke to him about his path into acting via table tennis, going on tour with The History Boys and taking Robert Icke’s production to the West End.

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Further casting announced for Robert Icke's Mary Stuart
Friday, December 8, 2017

Further casting has been announced for Robert Icke’s adaptation of Mary Stuart, which opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre in January. Friedrich Schiller's play enjoyed a sold-out, critically-acclaimed run at the Almeida Theatre in 2016. This political tragedy focuses on the complex relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart; two queens, one in power and one in prison. The previously announced Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) will be reprising their roles from the Almeida Theatre season, trading the parts of the two queens decided on the night by the toss of a coin.

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Almeida Theatre's Mary Stuart to open in the West End
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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

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