Tuesday 23rd April 2019 - 8:00 pm - 10:25 pm, Palmer Building
Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart, Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18. Although she has as new husband, Mary prefers to return to Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.
The cinematography is so impressive that one feels like framing each scene, the dialogues are so intelligent that one would like to remember the words and the two women are as good and as bad as the men. Saoirse Ronan is Mary Stuart, even her face is like Mary’s portrait by Clouet.
UK 2018 – English, French and Scottish Gaelic with subtitles – Directed by Josie Rourke with Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden – 124 min
The conviction of Ronan and Robbie, and a strong supporting cast make this a compelling clash of personalities – EMPIRE
Ronan dominates the screen from the start – THE TIMES