Mary Stuart at Duke of York's Theatre tickets
Mary Stuart at Duke of York's Theatre tickets

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After receiving critical acclaim as part of a sold-out season at the Almeida Theatre in 2016-2017, Robert Icke’s captivating new adaptation of Mary Stuart makes its exciting West End transfer next year. The show will play a limited run at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre, with tickets available for performances between the 13th January to 31st March 2018.

Two monarchs sit in London. One on the throne. One in a jail cell. As the fate of the country hangs in the balance. Freidrich Schiller's brutal political tragedy depicts the last days of Mary, Queen of Scots, taking the audience behind the scenes on some of British history’s most critical and formative moments.

The roles of Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart will be portrayed by the five time Olivier Award nominee Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Yerma) and the incredible Lia Williams (Oresteia, Skylight). The actors will trade the play’s central roles, determined at each performance by the flip of a coin.

Juliet Stevenson is a RADA trained actor, part of the ‘new wave’ of performers to graduate from the institution such as Alan Rickman, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton and Fiona Shaw. She was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Actress for her seminal role as Paulina in Death and the Maiden and has worked extensively in television, boasting BAFTA nominations for A Doll's House, The Politician's Wife and Accused.

Lia Williams who early in her career received Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer has gone on to appear regularly at the National Theatre and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has previously worked with Icke on his version of Aeschylus’ Oresteia which also transferred from the Almeida to the West End.

These two immeasurably talented performers beautifully portray the two sides of the regal coin, whichever version audiences manage to catch they are promised a unique and hauntingly compelling tale from beginning to end, so don't miss out and get your Mary Stuart tickets now.

Recommended for

British history buffs and fans on the Almeida’s classical seasons should not miss their second chance to get tickets to Mary Stuart, an emotive, compelling drama.

Dates and times

Running time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Opened: 13 Jan 2018
Press night: 25 Jan 2018
Booking from: 31 Mar 2018
Booking until: 31 Mar 2018

Location and map

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4BG

39 Reviews Add review

The central performances were utterly electric, however I found the entire piece to be quite melodramatic. It's an engaging story that... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 6 helpful votes

Excellent revival of Schiller's dramatic masterpiece, in a great adaptation/translation by Robert Icke. Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson... More

sondheimkid 170, 173 reviews, 25 helpful votes

The whole premise of the play was great, right from the start with the two leads spinning a coin to decide who plays which part (imagine... More

alisonb 5'8", 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was a very good retelling of Schiller's play, with Robert Icke’s new version managing to make Mary Stuart incredibly engaging... More

shaun 5"10, 146 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Excellent production, the writing & acting was of an extremely high standard. The two leads were brilliant. Deliberately sparse set... More

lindabright 5'4", 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

You need a fair knowledge of history to understand this- buying the programme would help. Very long, very talky - very interesting... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 74 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I thought it was a superb performance. It blew me away because of the fact that the main two cast members didn't know which character... More

sarahward 5 foot, 288 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Absolutely brilliant portrayal of a fascinating historical event. Loved that the two actresses both appeared identically dressed and... More

doonakebab 5'10", 168 reviews, 3 helpful votes

3hrs 5 minutes is Mary Stuart's official running time but at the risk of sounding like a cliche, it flies by. From the coin toss which... More

braintree 155cm, 64 reviews, 6 helpful votes