OperaUpClose brings MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS to the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Following their sell-out visit last spring with La Bohéme the SJT is pleased to welcome back ROBIN NORTON-HALE’S Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose with their new English version of Donizetti’s Mary, Queen of Scots (Maria Stuarda).

Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I go head-to-head in this thrilling opera, culminating in a fictitious meeting between the rival queens, which sizzles with vocal fireworks.

Performed in a new orchestration by Paul McKenzie for six singers accompanied by piano, violin and clarinet, and a new English libretto by Robin Norton-Hale, this critically-acclaimed production provides insight into one of the most compelling periods of British history, as well as current tensions.

Age guidance: 12+ Tickets & info here

every glance and gesture carries full dramatic weight
Evening Standard

a thrilling, up-close encounter
The Stage

tremendous immediacy” & “[Phillipa Boyle and Flora McIntosh] held the listener in an iron grip
Opera Magazine

the feeling of intimacy and intensity calcifies into an onslaught on the senses
The Times