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

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Overview

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

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

doonakebab 5'10", 81 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely brilliant portrayal of a fascinating historical event. Loved that the two actresses both appeared identically dressed and the spin of a coin determined who played which role.

doonakebab 5'10", 81 reviews, 0 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 (i... More

alisonb 5'8", 14 reviews, 0 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 learning both parts!), up until the ending, where historically you know what will happen but its interpretation on the stage makes it so clear, understandable and poignant. A terrific cast and simple, effective set design.

alisonb 5'8", 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The central performances were utterly electric, however I found the entire piece to be quite melodramatic. It's an engaging story that we all know, so I'm not quite sure it needed to be 3 hours long. It felt like it thought it was very contemporary and revolutionary, but I have seen countless pieces of theatre exactly like this. Juliet Stephenson and Lia Williams were absolutely brilliant, but I would say that they are the best thing about it. I would recommend for history fans (I found it incredibly engaging), but there were moments when I found myself drifting off. Acoustics in the Duke of York's are also not great.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

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

sondheimkid 170, 152 reviews, 24 helpful votes

Excellent revival of Schiller's dramatic masterpiece, in a great adaptation/translation by Robert Icke. Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson alternate in the roles of Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I, they're both excellent and can count on equally brilliant supporting performances. It's quite thrilling and even if everybody knows how it's gonna end, the crucial scenes keep you on the edge of your seat: a great night of theatre, with a strong pace and quite humorous at times.

sondheimkid 170, 152 reviews, 24 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 enga... More

shaun 5"10, 127 reviews, 4 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 and fresh, while still containing a classic sense of drama. The set and costumes are sparse and simple, instead focusing on the dialogue, which manages to be gripping and fast paced, despite being quite a lengthy play. Subtle backing music often manages to give scenes a film-like quality, while not feeling too melodramatic.

shaun 5"10, 127 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Amazing show, especially if you're a fan of this period of history. Very impressive performances from the two lead actresses. Very... More

erinoneill 5"11, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing show, especially if you're a fan of this period of history. Very impressive performances from the two lead actresses. Very haunting - especially the ending.

erinoneill 5"11, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was exceptional! Which of the ladies will take the lead is decided by a coin flip on stage at the start. The role of t... More

christopherkeivit 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was exceptional! Which of the ladies will take the lead is decided by a coin flip on stage at the start. The role of the nurse (we felt) was a bit weakly cast but all other roles were very well done.

christopherkeivit 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

lindabright 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Excellent production, the writing & acting was of an extremely high standard. The two leads were brilliant. Deliberately sparse set and actors were in modern dress (personally don't like this, but can see why it was done). Highly recommended - such a popular play that we couldn't get discounted tickets, so quite expensive (but was a birthday treat).

lindabright 12 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'', 42 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 take on what might have happened if Elizabeth and Mary had met. Clever ending, painting Elizabeth as the real prisoner- and the coin toss, to choose which would play which of the two queens, was fascinating!

u2fancat 5'6'', 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes