Due to demand, the Almeida Theatre has extended Mary Stuart for six performances until Saturday 28 January. Tickets are now on sale for Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28, with a matinee on Saturday, allowing audiences further opportunity to see this critically acclaimed and previously sold out production. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams trade the play’s central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.
Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It’s all in the execution.
Schiller’s political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days.
The full cast for Mary Stuart is Alexander Cobb, Rudi Dharmalingam, Vincent Franklin, David Jonsson, John Light, Carmen Munroe, Eileen Nicholas, Daniel Rabin, Sule Rimi, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Williams and Lia Williams. Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke adapts and directs Friedrich Schiller’s play. Mary Stuart is designed by Hildegard Bechtler, with lighting by Jackie Shemesh, original composition by Laura Marling, sound by Paul Arditti, and video by Tim Reid. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG. The Associate Director is Daniel Raggett.
Juliet Stevenson returns to the Almeida Theatre having previously appeared in Duet for One alongside Henry Goodman. Most recently she played Winnie in Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic. Other theatre credits include The Seagull, Private Lives, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Hedda Gabler and Yerma at the National Theatre; Les Liaisons Dangereuses, As You Like It, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the RSC; and The Heretic, Alice and Death and The Maiden (Olivier Award for Best Actress) at the Royal Court. Her film credits include Departure; Mona Lisa Smile; Bend it Like
Beckham; Emma; Truly Madly Deeply; and the upcoming Let Me Go. Her television credits include One of Us; The Enfield Haunting; The Village; White Heat; The Accused; The Road from Coorain; and The Politician’s Wife. She was awarded a CBE in 1999 for her services to drama.
Lia Williams returns to the Almeida having previously appeared in Oresteia (Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress) and Harold Pinter’s Celebration. Other theatre credits include Old Times in the West End; Arcadia and Skylight on Broadway, at the National Theatre and in the West End (Tony and Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress); 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 The Crown; Secret State; Doc Martin; May 33rd; The Russian Bride; Imogen’s Face; A Shot Through the Heart; Flowers of the Forest; Seaforth; and Mr Wroe’s Virgins. Film includes: Jonathan Toomey; The King is Alive; Different for Girls; The Fifth Province; Firelight; Dirty Weekend; and La Suite Blanche-Neige. As Director, her credits include The Match Box for the Liverpool Playhouse and the Tricycle Theatre and films Feathers, The Stronger, Dog Alone, and the feature documentary Nanabozhung.
Since joining the Almeida in 2013, Associate Director Robert Icke has created and directed new adaptations of Uncle Vanya, Oresteia (also West End; winner of the Olivier, Critics' Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director) and the multi-award winning 1984 with Duncan Macmillan (also West End as well as UK, USA and international tours) at the Almeida. His work as a director includes The Fever (The May Fair Hotel), and Mr Burns at the Almeida, and Boys and Romeo and Juliet for Headlong. Robert made his National Theatre debut directing The Red Barn at the Lyttelton Theatre in October 2016.
Laura Marling is a Brit Award winning and multiple Mercury Music Prize nominee who has released 5 studio albums and garnered global critical acclaim. Debut album Alas I Cannot Swim cemented Laura’s place at the helm of a new wave of young acoustic musicians spearheading a folk revival. Her following albums are I Speak Because I Can, A Creature I Don’t Know, Once I Was An Eagle and Short Movie. Laura Marling has a timeless sound which transcends the folk origins and has seen her regaled as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of her generation.
Women in Power
Wednesday 11 January 2017 at 5.30pm
More than four hundred years on from the reign of Elizabeth I, arguably the most iconic female leader in British history, the reality of women in power today is debated on the Almeida stage. The panel includes Everyday Sexism’s Laura Bates, Theatre Producer Sonia Friedman, Guardian columnist and writer Dawn Foster, Tonic Theatre’s Lucy Kerbel and Film Producer and Almeida Board member Tanya Seghatchian.
Tickets for Mary Stuart and Women in Power can be booked via the Box Office on 020 7359 4404 or online at almeida.co.uk.
Until Saturday 28 January 2017
by Friedrich Schiller
adapted and directed by Robert Icke
Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA
The Almeida Café Bar is open from 11.30am -11.00pm, Monday to Saturday
Phone 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7pm Monday – Saturday) In person 10am – 7pm, Monday – Saturday
Nearest Tube: Angel / Highbury & Islington
Mary Stuart performances at 7pm
Midweek matinees on Wednesdays at 1.30pm on 11 and 25 January Saturday matinees at 1.30pm on 7, 14, 21 and 28 January