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Sunday 17 December 2017

Mary Stuart stage hit to make West End transfer

Juliet Stevenson and fellow actress Lia Williams share roles in the staging of the political tragedy.

Mary Stuart is transferring to the West End
Mary Stuart is transferring to the West End

By Kerri-Ann Roper

A play in which Juliet Stevenson’s role is decided at the “toss of a coin” is getting a West End transfer.

Stevenson and fellow actress Lia Williams share roles in the political tragedy Mary Stuart.

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Lia Williams as Elizabeth I and Juliet Stevenson as Mary Stuart. (credit Manuel Harlan).

The two actresses play both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, but which of the central roles they take is decided before each performance by the toss of a coin.

The pair will now take up their roles again for the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed, sold-out season from the Almeida.

Robert Icke’s adaptation of Mary Stuart transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End from Saturday January 13, for a limited run.

Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller will then visit Theatre Royal Bath, Salford Lowry and Cambridge Arts Theatre in April.

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