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Mary, Queen of Scots

Opening on 15 Feb, 2025

2 hr 35 min with interval
Until 18 Februar 2025
Suitable for 12+

Why watch Mary, Queen of Scots?

  • Witness operatic history with Queen's Medal recipient Thea Musgrave's Mary, Queen of Scots, brought to the West End by the English National Opera.
  • Past productions garnered rave reviews, with critics calling it a "well-deserved success" and a "great jubilant success."
  • Don't miss your chance – Mary, Queen of Scots reigns supreme for just 2 London shows. Get your tickets before the curtain falls!

Mary, Queen of Scots is a rarely performed masterpiece that dazzled audiences during its 1977 Edinburgh premiere. The opera itself holds a special place in operatic history – it was the first of Musgrave's four operas based on historical figures, and she crafted both the music and the libretto, creating a truly singular operatic experience. Mary will be played by American operatic soprano Heidi Stober, best known for performing with the New York Philharmonic. The cast includes former ENO Harewood Artists Alex Otterburn as James Stewart, Earl of Moray and Nicky Spence as James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, and Alastair Miles as Lord Gordon. Immerse yourself in a story that's equal parts Shakespearean drama and a rock n' roll rollercoaster. Having received praise for its "immediately attractive" music and "very effective" storytelling (The Sunday Times), this operatic experience promises a captivating journey through history, brought to life through the power of song.


Returning from France, Mary Stuart, the Queen of Scotland, navigates a web of rivals vying for power and influence: her ambitious half-brother James, the impetuous Lord Darnley, and the enigmatic Earl of Bothwell. She seeks to secure her reign through marriage, but each relationship brings unforeseen complications. James, fueled by ambition, plots against her. Darnley's drunken jealousy leads to a brutal murder. As Mary navigates love, loss, and betrayal, she fights to retain her power and secure the future of her son. Will she find strength and unity, or will her reign be tragically cut short?

Show timings

  • 15th and 18th Feb 2025 at 7pm.

Cast & crew

  • Leading Roles: Heidi Stober as Mary, Queen of Scotland, Alex Otterburn as James Stewart, Earl of Moray, and Nicky Spence as James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell.
  • Conductor: Joana Carneiro
  • Librettist: Thea Musgrave

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

Top songs

Thea Musgrave weaves elements of Scottish folk music and French court dances into the operatic tapestry, transporting the audience directly into Mary's world. Prepare to be swept away by soaring soprano lines that capture Mary's regal spirit, alongside evocative orchestral textures that paint a vivid picture of 16th-century Scotland.

Age & content guide

  • This show is recommended for ages 12+.
  • Age suitability recommendations are just suggestions. So, trust your judgment when booking tickets for any show, and enjoy!

London Coliseum Read more

London Coliseum, a grand masterpiece designed by Frank Matcham, opened its doors in 1904. Originally envisioned as a "people's palace of entertainment," it's undergone various transformations, serving as a canteen during World War II and a cinema in the 1960s, before becoming the permanent home for the English National Opera. Over its lifetime, the stage has played host to many productions, from musicals like Annie Get Your Gun to classic films like Gone With the Wind.

Seating Capacity: 2,359

London Coliseum Seating Plan will help you find the best seats in the theater.

Facilities & accessibility

Available Facilities: Bar, Shop, Lift

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible, Accessible Toilets

Additional information

  • Security: To ensure your comfort and security, you might encounter a few security checks when you arrive at the venue.
  • Dress code: Smart casual or semi-formal attire is the way to go.
  • Outside Food: While outside food isn't usually allowed, many theaters have cafes or restaurants nearby for you to check out before or after the show.

Tickets redemption

  • You’ll get an instant email confirmation right after you book your tickets.
  • Enjoy a hassle-free entrance to the venue by showing your mobile ticket and a valid photo ID – no printout necessary!

Cancellation & refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Frequently asked questions about Mary, Queen of Scots

How much do the Mary, Queen of Scots London tickets cost?

The cost of the tickets starts from £12 and will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.

What is the opening date for Mary, Queen of Scots?

Mary, Queen of Scots plays on the 15th and 18th February 2025 at 7pm at the London Coliseum.

What age is Mary, Queen of Scots appropriate for?

The opera is most suitable for those aged 12 and above.

Where is Mary, Queen of Scots playing in London?

Mary, Queen of Scots is playing at the London Coliseum.

What is Mary, Queen of Scots about?

Mary, Queen of Scots is a modern opera that tells the story of the turbulent reign of Mary I of Scotland and her attempts to protect her Catholic faith and her country amidst a web of treachery and betrayal.

How long does Mary, Queen of Scots run for?

The running time of Mary, Queen of Scots is 2 hours and 35 minutes with an interval.

Who are the main stars of Mary, Queen of Scots?

The main stars of Mary, Queen of Scots are Heidi Stober starring as Queen Mary, Alex Otterburn playing the role of James Stewart, Earl of Moray, and Nicky Spence as James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell.