Glory on Earth by Linda McLean, directed by David Greig at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Glory on Earth

Glory on Earth
by Linda McLean
directed by Lyceum Artistic Director David Greig

“Whom shall I believe? And who shall be judge?”

Tuesday, 19 August, 1561, 9am.

Through the fog a ship arrives in Leith docks, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots steps ashore. She is 18 and on her young shoulders rest the hopes of the Catholic establishment of Europe.

The Nation that receives her has just outlawed her church and its practices. Its leader is the radical cleric and protestant reformer, John Knox. Both believe themselves ordained by God. Both believe themselves beloved by their people. Both were exiled and returned home… but only one can make Scotland their own.

Linda McLean is a multi-award winning Scottish playwright whose work is characterised by poetry, mystery and great emotional depth. Her plays include Any Given Day; Strangers, Babies; Shimmer; One Good Beating; Riddance and many more. Artistic Director David Greig makes his Lyceum directorial debut with this World Premiere.

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Cast and Credits

Mary Queen of Scots Rona Morison
John Knox Jamie Sives
The Marys
Christina Gordon
Christie Gowans
Kirsty Eila McIntyre
Hannah Jarrett-Scott
Shannon Swan
Fiona Wood

Director David Greig
Set/Costume Designer Karen Tennent
LX Designer Simon Wilkinson
Composer Michael John McCarthy
Assistant Director Eve Nicol
Movement Janice Parker
Writer Linda McLean
Casting Director Laura Donnelly


Show trailer

John Knox vs Mary Queen of Scots

Audience reviews

What did the audience think of Glory on Earth?

Dates, Times & Prices

20 May - 10 June 2017

20 & 22 May
£10 Preview tickets on sale 24 April

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Tuesday - Saturday

MATINEES from 24 May, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running Time
Approximately 2hrs 10minutes, including one 20 minute interval

For Access performances see below


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £15.50 - £30.50

Wednesday and Saturday: £13.50 - £26

Not available on Premium Seats: from £10

Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 24 April 2017

All prices guaranteed until 14 September 2016



  • Thursday 1 June - 7.30pm
    Touch Tour - 6.15pm
  • Saturday 3 June - 2pm
    Touch Tour - 12.45pm

Wednesday 31 May - 7.30pm

Saturday 3 June - 2pm

Take Part

Tuesday 30 May 2017
FREE, no ticket required
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance

Thursday 25 May 2017 5.30pm
£10 (£5 for students)
This workshop offers participants an opportunity to meet with the director David Greig who is also the artistic director at the Lyceum. It is a chance to get insights into the staging of the show and ask questions.
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Saturday 3 June 2017 10.30am
£10 (£5 for students)
Experience Glory On Earth with one of our Drama Artists and explore key scenes and acting styles from the play. This workshop will offer a great insight into the show and a great opportunity to learn new skills.
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Wednesday 7 June 2017 (straight after matinee performance)
This group is for anyone who likes the idea of a book group, but has always wanted one for plays! Rather than reading the book, you come and see the show and then have the chance to talk about it with some of your fellow audience members.
The discussion will be chaired by one of The Lyceum’s Creative Learning team who’ll be able to shed light on how the production came together.
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Press Coverage

'Rona Morison is a smart, vivacious and quick-witted queen in Linda McLean’s poetic historical drama'
The Guardian

'a story crying to be told...a call to arms for young women everywhere' 
The Herald

'breathtakingly beautiful stage pageant' 
The Scotsman

'The roots of Scotland's religious divide open up a demate with universal resonance' 
The Stage 

'Light and poetic history play is atmospheric treat' 
Edinburgh Evening News

'undoubtedly a triumph' 
The Wee Review

'stirring and powerful evocation of this most intriguing period of Scottish history' 
Plays To See

'a tale about humanity, about belief, and about the impact we have on others' 
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