West End transfer for Almeida’s acclaimed Mary Stuart

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

Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End following a critically acclaimed, sold-out, season at the Almeida.

The production will then tour to Bath, Manchester and Cambridge.

Schiller’s political tragedy goes behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days.

Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Hamlet) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

Juliet Stevenson is one of Britain’s leading actors. She has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Royal Court, winning an Olivier award for her performance in Death and The Maiden.

Her most recent theatre credits include starring roles in Mary Stuart and Hamlet (both directed by Icke) and Beckett’s Happy Days at The Young Vic, which played to critical acclaim and returned for a second run.

Her films include Truly, Madly, Deeply; Bend it Like Beckham; When Did You Last See Your Father; Being Julia; Pierrepoint; Mona Lisa Smile and Diana and Departure.

Recent television work includes starring roles in BBC1’s thriller, One of Us and Sky Living’s supernatural thriller The Enfield Haunting, as well as playing series regulars on two series of Atlantis and The Village.

Lia Williams most recently appeared in the Almeida’s productions of Mary Stuart and Oresteia (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress) as well as Harold Pinter’s Celebration.

Other theatre credits include The Revengers’ Comedies, Old Times (both in the West End); Arcadia and Skylight on Broadway, at the National Theatre and in the West End; Earthquakes in London, The Hothouse and Mappa Mundi at the National Theatre; Oleanna, King Lear and My Child at the Royal Court; The Homecoming at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in the West End and on Broadway; and The Lover and The Collection at the Donmar Warehouse.

Her television credits include Strike: Silkworm; The Missing, The Crown, Secret State and Doc Martin.

Mary Stuart runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre, from January 13, 2018 – March 31 2018.

Theatre Royal Bath, April 4-14
Salford Lowry, April 17-21
Cambridge Arts Theatre, April 23-28.

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