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. Read more
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.
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.
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Our Review of Mary Stuart
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 around events that took place over 500 years ago, it emerges -- in director Robert Icke's... Read more