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Rudi Dharmalingam among those returning to Mary Stuart at the Duke of York’s Theatre

Tuesday, 12th Dec 2017  

Mary Stuart - Duke of York's Theatre

Back in June it was reported that the Duke of York’s Theatre would be the next home of Robert Icke’s Mary Stuart, which originally played at Islington’s Almeida Theatre in 2016.

The initial announcement indicated that Juliet Stevenson would be returning to the production alongside Lia Williams, both of whom alternate in the roles of Elizabeth I and title character Mary. However, we have now got word on further names set to grace the West End in January.

Rudi Dharmalingam is one of them, reprising his role as Mortimer for the Duke of York’s production. He is known to audiences for a range of television and stage credits from the last decade and beyond. He was part of the original London cast of The History Boys when it played at the National Theatre and went on to play in numerous other productions for the South Bank venue, before appearing in Almeida productions like The Oresteia in 2015 and, of course, Mary Stuart in 2016.

Audiences might also recognise his work on television shows like Doctor Who, Casualty and Our Girl, amongst various others.

He’s not the only returning cast member from the Almeida run, of course, as he is also joined by David Johnson, John Light, Carmen Munroe, Eileen Nicholas and Daniel Rabin, alongside newcomers Michael Byrne, Christopher Colquhoun, Calum Finlay and Elliot Levey.

Mary Stuart juxtaposes two queen in the 16th century, one being the English Elizabeth I and the other being Mary Queen of Scots. The former lives a life on the throne and the latter is behind bars, with both Stevenson and Williams inhabiting their roles by the toss of a coin.

The Duke of York’s Theatre is currently the home of Ink, James Graham’s play that chronicles the rise of The Sun newspaper in the hands of Rupert Murdoch. That production continues at the venue until January, with Mary Stuart then opening at the West End venue on Thursday 25th January 2018 (previews from Saturday 13th January 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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