May 20 – June 10
Continuing their season of adaptions and brand new plays the Lyceum hands Artistic Director David Greig the directorial reins in this reimagining of the clash between Mary Queen of Scots and radical cleric John Knox.
As an 18 year old Mary Stuart steps off a ship at Leith docks she walks into a Nation rocked by religious tumult and intense political mayhem. Knox the protestant reformer believes himself ordained by God, but so does Mary, the defender of a besieged Catholic establishment. Each is a threat to the other’s vision for Scotland.
Playwright Linda McLean, whose work includes Strangers and Any Given Day, tackles the subject through Knox’s interviews with the young queen, highlighting the role of Scottish nobles who held the real power to decide which ‘church’ the Nation would embrace.
Expect something brash, original and lively.
Get tickets and see a splendid interview with the writer here: