Review Round Up: Mary Stuart, Almeida Theatre

Discover what critics have been saying about Robert Icke’s production starring  Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams… 

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The Independent: **** “Icke’s version glints with contemporary parallels (to Brexit, among other things, as when Elizabeth chafes at following the will of a public which she despises) without overdoing it or warping the play.”

British Theatre.com: ***** “This production brings out Schiller’s themes in a compelling and lucid way while also being an exciting political thriller and a very personal drama about two women trapped by forces greater than themselves.”

The Guardian: ***** “Icke’s adaptation is sculptural, rich and incisive.”

The Stage: ***** “Robert Icke’s own new version of the play pulses with contemporary nuance.”

Time Out: ***** “Icke has crafted a rich, multilayered, and deeply human political thriller.”

WhatsOnStage: **** “Icke makes it speak so powerfully to our times, while never losing track of those in which it belongs.”

Variety: “Icke plays it at full pelt, with the utmost of urgency, fraught as hell.”

Broadway World:**** “this is an innovative and unique piece of theatre with light-hearted comedic moments, breaking up the intense drama. ”

The Telegraph: *** “I can acclaim the production, beautifully soundscaped throughout, and both performances.”

Culture Whisper: **** “breathe fresh life into British history on stage.”

Evening Standard: **** “This is an absorbing, dense and resonant three hours of theatre.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “Williams and Stevenson utterly rule the roost here.”

British Theatre Guide: “Anyone with an interest in politics, history, human nature or good acting from two more of those amazing female performers who have graced the London stage during 2016 should not miss a production that will sell out and richly deserves a West End transfer.”

Exeunt Magazine: “And so the toss of a coin, and Schiller’s dramatic choices, gradually chip away at the Queens’ power and performers’ impact.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ***** “a magnificently gripping, intense production of Schiller’s political thriller Mary Stuart.”

The Times: **** “you’re guaranteed more than three hours of dense, gripping theatre, as the queens face each other in a savagely elegant endgame, and the politics of the past startlingly reflect the present.”

City AM: ***** “this production is strong enough to justify a second or third outing until you have seen both versions.”

Mary Stuart will continue to play at the Almeida Theatre until the 21st January 2017. for more information and to book tickets visit: https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/mary-stuart/2-dec-2016-21-jan-2017