Exploring the rivalry and mutual fascination between Mary Queen of Scots and
Elizabeth I, Liz Lochhead’s Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off re-tells this murky tale of political and sexual intrigue with ferocious wit and innovation and examines Mary's legacy through the eyes of Corbie, a carrion crow who is her unseen attendant through life and death.
Previously only seen in London for one week at the Donmar Warehouse in 1987, it will get its first full London season, 25 years after its Scottish premiere, directed by Olivier Award Winning La Bohème director Robin Norton-Hale at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, from Wednesday 29 May - Saturday 22 June.
Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off could not be more timely in an age when the question of Scottish Independence is back at the top of the political agenda. The play makes the link between contemporary Scottish sectarianism and the power politics of the French Catholic Mary and the English Protestant Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen and examines the way contemporary Scotland’s sense of identity has been forged by the myths of its history.
The cast features Nora Wardell (Mary), Sarah Thom (Elizabeth), Shelley Lang (La Corbie), Sean Hart (Darnley), Jamie Laird (Bothwell), Prentis Hancock (Knox), Michael Longhi (Riccio).
Directed by Robin Norton-Hale
Set and Costume Designer Katie Bellman