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The Almeida's Mary Stuart extends run

Mary Stuart: Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams photographed by Miles Aldridge.

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DUE to demand, the Almeida Theatre has extended Mary Stuart for six performances until Saturday, January 28, 2017. Tickets are now on sale for Tuesday, January 24 to Saturday, January 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. To view production images, click here.

Previously Posted: As rehearsals begin, the full cast has been announced for Mary Stuart, which runs at the Almeida Theatre from December 9, 2016 (previews from December 2) to January 21, 2017.

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.

Joining them will be Alexander Cobb, Rudi Dharmalingam, Vincent Franklin, David Jonsson, John Light, Carmen Munroe, Eileen Nicholas, Daniel Rabin, Sule Rimi and Alan Williams.

Following his critically acclaimed productions of Uncle Vanya and Oresteia, Associate Director Robert Icke adapts and directs Friedrich Schiller’s political tragedy, which takes us behind the scenes of some of British history’s most crucial days.

Alexander Cobb’s theatre credits include Red Velvet (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company); The Seagull (Headlong); The Magistrate (National Theatre); Goodbye To All That (Royal Court Theatre); The Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Rash Dash at Royal & Derngate); and Wasted (Paines Plough).

His screen work includes Indian Summers; The Mimic; Ripper Street; Mr Selfridge; Call The Midwife and Parade’s End (TV); A Storm in the Stars and Whitehawk (film).

Rudi Dharmalingam’s previous Almeida credits include Oresteia (also Trafalgar Studios) and 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre. Elsewhere, his many credits include Hamlet (Barbican Theatre); Dara, England People Very Nice, Playing with Fire, Rafta Rafta and The History Boys -also on Broadway (National Theatre); X and Hope (Royal Court Theatre); and Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company/West End).

His screen credits include Doctor Who and Coronation Street (TV); Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (film); while his radio includes The Events; Tommies; and The Shape of Things (all for BBC Radio 4).

Vincent Franklin’s theatre credits include This House (National Theatre) and That Day We Sang (Manchester International Festival). His numerous screen credits include Cucumber and Banana; Twenty-Twelve; The Thick of It; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; Doc Martin; Oliver Twist; The Life & Times Of Vivienne Vyle; Elizabeth – The Virgin Queen; Casanova; The Green Wing and The Office (TV); I Do; Mr Turner; The Riot Club; Bright Star; The Illusionist; Confetti; Vera Drake; The Bourne Identity; From Hell; and Topsy-Turvy (film).

David Jonsson will be making his professional debut in Mary Stuart. Theatre while training includes Pigeon English (Bristol Old Vic at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe); Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Studios); and Ghosts (Theatre Bankside).

John Light’s previous Almeida credits include Carmen Disruption, The Master Builder, Certain Young Men, The Cenci and The Tower. Other theatre credits include Three Days in the Country and The Night Season (National Theatre); Taken At Midnight (Chichester Festival Theatre/West End); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Luise Miller (Donmar Warehouse); and Julius Caesar, The Tempest and The Seagull (RSC).

Light’s screen work includes Atlantis; Love in a Cold Climate; Cambridge Spies and Silk (TV); Albert Hobbs; Heights; The Lion in Winter; and Benedict Arnold (film).

Carmen Munroe’s theatre work includes Richard III (New Diorama Theatre); Mother Courage (Nottingham Playhouse); Cain (RSC); Trouble In Mind, Fabulation, Gem of the Ocean, Walk Hard – Talk Loud and The Owl and the Pussycat (Tricycle Theatre); The Amen Corner (Tricycle Theatre in the West End); and Period of Adjustment (Royal Court Theatre/Wyndham’s Theatre).

Munroe’s television credits include Desmonds; The Dumping Ground; Final Passage; The Chain; Song at Twilight; The Wasted Years; Crown Court; Mixed Blessings; Playschool; General Hospital; Rainbow City; and The Fosters. She is a founder member of Talawa and was awarded the OBE in 2007 for her major role in the development of black theatre in Britain.

Eileen Nicholas’ theatre credits include All About My Mother (Old Vic); Endgame (Donmar Warehouse); I Didn’t Always Live Here (Finborough Theatre); Buried Child (Upstairs At The Gatehouse); A Chorus of Disapproval (Theatr Clywd); Cutting a Rug (Young Vic); American Bagpipes (Royal Court); and Request Programme (Bush Theatre).

On screen, she has appeared in Broken; Midwinter of the Spirit; Half Broken Thing; Widow Maker; Between The Lines; and Dr Finlay’s Casebook (TV); Blackwood; The Quiet Ones; Trainspotting; and Regeneration (film).

Daniel Rabin has previously appeared in 1984 for the Almeida in the West End. Other theatre includes Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, King John, Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Anthony and Cleopatra and Holy Warriors (Shakespeare’s Globe); Oedipus (Nottingham Playhouse/Spoleto Festival); Ignorance (Hampstead Theatre); Blue Remembered Hills (Chichester Festival Theatre); and The Bomb (Tricycle Theatre)

His screen work includes The Royals; Game of Thrones; Ambassadors; Our Men; Henry – Mind of a Tyrant; The Roman Mysteries; and Money Can’t Buy You Love (TV); Lilac’s Laughter; Mind The Gap; and Two’s Company (film).

Sule Rimi has recently appeared at the Almeida as Oudry in They Drink It In The Congo. Other theatre credits include The Suicide (National Theatre); The Rolling Stone (Royal Exchange/West Yorkshire Playhouse); and Boardergame (National Theatre Wales). Screen credits include Francis; Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box; The Machine; Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons; Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection; Panic Button; Eastern Promises; and Starter for Ten (film); Unforgotten; Stella; Crash; and Doctor Who (TV).

Alan Williams previously appeared in The Jew of Malta for the Almeida. Other theatre includes As You Like It, Here We Go, Light Shining In Buckinghamshire, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and War Horse (National Theatre); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Ritual Slaughter Of Gorge Mastromas, The President Has Come To See You, Talk Show, Mint, Memory, Stoning Mary, Lucky Dog, Crave and The Local (Royal Court); and A Thousand Stars Explode In The Sky and The Birthday Party (Lyric Hammersmith.

On screen, he has appeared in Father Brown; The Crown; Utopia; Luther; Shameless and Vera (TV); The Dreamlike Path; Trespass Against Us; War Horse; London Boulevard; Vera Drake; The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers; and Bright Young Things (film).

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