Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
Mary Stuart - Duke of Yorks Theatre, London
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More than two centuries since Friedrich Schiller’s play was first seen by audiences, Mary Stuart once again finds its way to the stage, this time in a revamped version by Robert Icke, who also directs. The show will once again portray the struggle between rival Queens as Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams alternate as Mary and Elizabeth I.
The tale is one that is known around the world, with two Queens living different lives. One is Queen Elizabeth I, sitting on the throne, and the other is Mary Queen of Scots, whose imprisonment and eventual beheading is committed to history.
But to add an extra dimension of spontaneity and uniqueness to the proceedings, no-one will know who will play the two roles prior to the evening’s performance. Instead, audiences will take their seats and performers will take to the stage before it is decided which of the two lead roles will fall upon Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams. It means that a repeat visit has the potential to be a new experience.
But whatever roles that they inhabit audiences are certain for a great night as both performers have a range of credits to their names. Stevenson, for example, won the Laurence Olivier Award in 1992 for Death And The Maiden at the Duke of York’s Theatre, whilst Williams has enjoyed a career that has included productions on both sides of the Atlantic. The latter’s credits include Oresteia at the Trafalgar Studios, Earthquakes In London at the National Theatre, Old Times at the Harold Pinter Theatre and Absurd Person Singular at the Garrick Theatre, amongst many others.
And as they perform under the direction of Robert Icke there is no doubt at all that this will be a much talked-about production. After all Icke has adapted and directed a range of plays, many of which have been staged at the Almeida Theatre, and this is the latest in a long line of such shows to have such big success at the venue.
Mary Stuart played at the Almeida Theatre in 2016 and now runs at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre, beginning on Thursday 25th January 2018 (with previews from Saturday 13th January 2018).
Show & Venue InformationDuke of Yorks Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Saturday, 13 January 2018
Saturday, 31 March 2018
3 hours 5 minutes including one interval