Rona Munro’s political thriller comes to Hampstead
Douglas Henshall (BBC’s Shetland), Rona Morison (The Haystack, Hampstead Theatre) and Brian Vernel (Stories, National Theatre) star in Rona Munro’s companion piece to The James Plays cycle.
Rona Munro’s new political thriller marks her welcome return to Hampstead after her successes with Bold Girls (1991), The Maiden Stone (1995), Snake (1999), Little Eagles (2011) and Donny’s Brain (2012). Famous for her work on Doctor Who as well as her writing for film, TV and radio, Mary is a standalone play but also a companion piece to The James Plays cycle
Mary runs from 21 October 2022 until 26 November 2022 at Hampstead Theatre, London.
What is Mary about?
‘She made some very poor decisions. You tried to warn her. You love her yet, and that’s a credit to you, but you need to think about what’s best for Scotland…’
It’s 1567. Meet James Melville, an intelligent, charismatic and skilled diplomat who is also one of the most loyal servants of Mary Stuart, the troubled Queen of Scots. It’s a time of political turmoil and the shocking crimes he has witnessed have shaken him. Now he needs to decide who’s guilty, who’s innocent, and who is too dangerous to accuse.
Change is coming, but at what price?
Who is in the cast of Mary?
The cast features Douglas Henshall (BBC’s Shetland; Network, National Theatre; Betrayal, Comedy), Rona Morison (The Haystack, Hampstead Theatre; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar) and Brian Vernel (Stories, National Theatre; The Seagull, Lyric Hammersmith; Dunkirk; Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
Who are the creative team of Mary?
Written by Rona Munro. Directed by Roxana Silbert with set & costume design by Ashley Martin-Davis, lighting design by Matt Haskins, composed and sound design by Nick Powell, movement by Ayse Tashkiran, casting by Helena Palmer CDG. Assistant director is Marlie Haco.
Reviews of Mary"Douglas Henshall, star of the TV series Shetland, is superb " - The Times
"Fiercely relevant" - The Stage
"Rona Munro’s engaging debate drama" - Guardian
"Fascinating" - TimeOut
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Venue InformationHampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3EU
Nearest Tube or Train: Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line)
Nearest Buses: C11, 13, 31, 46, 82, 113, 187, 268