Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert and director Robert Wilson reunite on this breathtaking show charting the life and torments of Mary Stuart, the sovereign whose passions cost her a crown.
Mary Said What She Said is the testimony of Mary Queen of Scots drawn from her letters about her involvement in some of the most notorious plots of her time. She is lying, but on the eve of execution has fear persuaded her that she is telling the truth?
Mary Stuart is a woman who battled the forces of history in order to control her own destiny. Even as she faces martyrdom after nineteen years in captivity, her spirit remains unbroken. Award-winning French actress Isabelle Huppert gives a tour de force performance in this remarkable production from Théâtre de la Ville–Paris.
Directed and designed by Robert Wilson, the American theatre visionary. This UK premiere is written by novelist and playwright Darryl Pinckney and features an evocative classical score by the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi.
Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Age guidance: 14+ (contains a sudden loud noise during the performance)
Performed in French with English surtitles.
Presented by the Barbican.
Images by Lucie Jansch.
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The Barbican Theatre is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in the rear of the Stalls (four) and row B of the upper circle (four), both with companion seats. Row B is reached via a platform lift, and staff will be happy to help you. Seats in the back row of the Stalls are suitable for people with limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the theatre – please tell us when booking, to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
For our occasional BSL-signed performances. Stalls seats close to the signer are reserved for people with hearing impairments. Please book early and ask for these seats.
These display the full text of the play on a screen as the actors speak the words. Seats with the best view of the screen are reserved for people with hearing impairments, so please book early and ask for these seats.
Audio-described performances and amplified sound
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