In The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre Juliet Stevenson is mesmerising in a brilliantly written ethical debate that is both thrilling and challenging.
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Lots of different things opening across the country in March. In London there are a lot of Fringe and Off West End productions coming your way.
In Mary Stuart, at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Robert Icke has created an extraordinary retelling of a pivotal moment in British history, making it current and engaging, to an audience hundreds of years later.
It’s natural that your reactions to shows are filtered through the prism of the current social and political climate. And savvy theatres, of course, seek to judge the mood and programme accordingly.
In Robert Icke’s arresting adaptation of Mary Stuart, the scene opens with a sober-suited group of men watching two women in identical black velvet suits and white shirts, while a coin is spun to see which will be Queen Elizabeth I. One is Juliet Stevenson, one Lia Williams. They know no more than we do; they will obey the coin.
Robert Icke’s production of this Schiller classic takes up residence at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre, following on from another Almeida Theatre production Ink. Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williamson once again play the two queens, with a toss of a coin each night deciding who is Mary Stuart and who is Queen Elizabeth. Here’s what critics made of the West End transfer.
Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson are both extraordinary in Mary Stuart at the Duke of York’s Theatre, but the level of sexualisation, sexual violence and assault in the depiction of these two powerful women concerned me immensely.
Well, we’re all still here… The big red button hasn’t been pushed yet and theatre is better than ever! But what’s coming up this year?
The full cast has been announced for the West End transfer of Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Mary Stuart. Following a critically acclaimed, sold out season at the Almeida Theatre in 2016-17, the production will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre from 15 January for a limited run before visiting Theatre Royal Bath, Salford Lowry and Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Today, we’ve already taken a few moments to remind ourselves of both the Top 10 News Stories and the Top 25 Mates’ Blogs on the website over the month of November. Finally, we’re looking backwards and forwards for our final list today. These are our current Top 15 Ticket Recommendations – broken down into five musicals, five plays and five ‘festive treats’ (in other words, the shows to book to have the Merriest of Christmases) – based on both best-sellers over the past month as well as our predictions on the hottest of upcoming openings…
The Faction celebrate the work of 18th-century German powerhouse Friedrich Schiller with a two-week SchillerFest, at the Bunker Theatre from 31 October to 11 November 2017, showcasing his greatest plays and a line-up including Dame Eileen Atkins, Ciaran Hinds, Celia Imrie and Guardian critic Michael Billington.
All hail the queens. Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out season at the Almeida in 2016-17, Robert Icke’s new adaptation of Schiller’s Mary Stuart transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre in January. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE VIA MATES.
I started the year intending to see fewer shows than in 2015, when I made 304 visits to the theatre – but, somehow, I seem have crept up to 332 for 2016. The only consolation is that it is still some way off the high water mark of 2014… 383.
There’s added spice here too since leading players Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson do not know which of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots they will be playing until the beginning of the performance when it is decided with a coin toss….
Associate Director Robert Icke will adapt and direct Schiller classic MARY STUART at the Almeida Theatre in December, with Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams trading the play’s central roles of the two queens, the title character and Queen Elizabeth I, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.