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Juliet Stevenson in Mary Stuart’s Transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre

Friday, 23rd Jun 2017  

Mary Stuart - Duke of York's Theatre

Recently, there has been a lot of talk of new west end shows transferring from Broadway, including Heisenberg and Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill, but the latest transfer announced in the capital is a more local affair. Mary Stuart, newly adapted by Robert Icke from Friedrich Schiller’s original script, played at the Almeida Theatre in Islington last year and now it has been revealed that this same production is set to enjoy a run in Theatreland.

At the North London venue both Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams alternated in the lead roles of the title character as Elizabeth I and this tradition continues to the Duke of York’s Theatre, with the ultimate decision on their casting decided on the night of the performance. This makes for an unexpected and fresh performance each evening and has lent to its positive reviews during the Almeida Theatre run.

Ultimately the story focuses on the two queens, Mary and Elizabeth, and the differing worlds they inhabit. Official London theatre describes it as a show in which one sits on the throne and the other is imprisoned (as we witness once a coin is flipped in front of the audience and the assigned cast member takes their place).

Both of the mentioned cast members are well known for their work on the stage in the capital. Juliet Stevenson, for example, has amassed a range of credits since the 1970s and in that time appeared on our screens in Bend It Like Beckham and Truly Madly Deeply, amongst others. Her theatre credits include Happy Days at the Young Vic, The Heretic at the Royal Court, The Seagull at the National Theatre and We Happy Few at the Gielgud Theatre, to name but a few. She has also been nominated for numerous awards and won a Laurence Olivier Award in 1993 for Death and the Maiden at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

The Almeida production of Mary Stuart, adapted and directed by Robert Icke, is set to open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Thursday 25th January 2018 (previews from Saturday 13th January 2018). It then embarks on a UK tour from April 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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