Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

By Liz Lochhead
Directed by Tony Cownie
A co-production with Dundee Rep Ensemble

One kingdom. Two queens. They'll end up at each other's throats.

This is Liz Lochhead’s acclaimed interpretation of the lives, loves and rivalry of two famed queens, whose insurmountable differences will tear them apart.
Mary is young, inexperienced, compassionate, vulnerable. Her older cousin, Elizabeth, rules her own land with ruthless control and no leniency for political foes – even members of her own family.

In this deadly game of murder, betrayal and power, there can only be one winner, one ultimate ruler of this “wan green island”.

Cast and Credits

The cast of Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

Corbie - Ann Louise Ross
Mary - Shauna Macdonald
Elizabeth - Emily Winter
Hepburn/Earl O' Bothwell - Stephen McCole
Knox - Liam Brennan
Riccio - Kevin Lennon
Darnley/Leicester - Lewis Hart
Ensemble Musician - Morna Young


The creative team of Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

Writer - Liz Lochhead
Director - Tony Cownie
Designer - Neil Murray
Lighting Designer - Charles Balfour
Composer - Philip Pinsky
Co-composer - Morna Young
Assistant Director - Josh Armstrong
Voice Coach - Ros Steen
Deputy Stage Manager on the Book - Marianne Forde


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Dates, Times & Prices

This show has now ended.


  • Tuesday to Saturday, 7.45pm


  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2.30pm


  • £14.50-£29
  • Concessions available for under 18s, over 60s, students, unemployed, disability
  • Side-view seats are also available: £10-£15
  • Preview performances, all seats £7.50 (unreserved seating, no concessions)
  • £1 transaction fee applies per booking


Accessible performances for this production

Touch Tours for the visually impaired

  • Thursday 29 September, 6.15pm
  • Saturday 1 October, 1pm

Audio-described Performances

  • Thursday 29 September, 7.45pm
  • Saturday 1 October, 2.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance

  • Wednesday 5 October, 7.45pm

Captioned Performance

  • Saturday 8 October, 2.30pm

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum


Access facilities at the Lyceum


  • Blue badge parking spaces directly opposite the theatre
  • Street level access to the Lyceum foyer

Front of House

  • Lifts to all levels
  • Front of House wheelchair available for audience use
  • Induction loop at Box Office
  • Accessible toilet in foyer


  • Infra red and radio headsets for hearing enhancement and audio-described performances
  • Guide dogs welcome in auditorium or can be left with Front of House staff
  • Raised Stalls Boxes offers space for up to 27 people in wheelchairs/companions
  • Underlit row letters, tactile row markers and embroidered seats numbers
  • Booster cushions and footstools available
  • Induction loop permanently on

Full information on accessible performances and facilities at the Lyceum

Audience Feedback

Audience feedback for this production

"5*. Go see it."
@edintigertony on Twitter

"a tremendous production – the script was powerful,the acting so believable and the message powerful.Highly rated!"
@S_Craighill on Twitter

"Vibrant, darkly funny production of a great play"
@Ceilidhann on Twitter

"keeps the audience captivated"
Audience review by Jennifer Adam

Press Coverage


"excellent... well performed, directed and produced"
Edinburgh - FIVE STARS

"a roller-coaster of a play... energetic and unique... don't miss it."
Evening News - FOUR STARS

"more urgently relevant than ever"

"a sharp and punchy production which slices through any hint of historical stuffiness"
Edinburgh Spotlight - FOUR STARS

"elegantly realised and reverently staged"

"masterful and almost Shakespearian"
The Skinny - FOUR STARS

"a strong production which is lively and ruefully funny"
The Public Reviews - FOUR STARS

"Entertaining, boisterous and elegantly realised "
The Journal - FOUR STARS

"a boisterous, engaging production... a vital piece of theatre"

"a fine production under Tony Cownie’s assured direction"
The Stage (don't award stars)


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