Mary Stuart

Adapted by Kate Mulvany, After Friedrich Schiller

Mary Stuart Tue – Sat 7pm | Sun 6pm Heath Ledger Theatre $59 - $99
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9 – 25 Feb at Heath Ledger Theatre, from $59 - $99

'A deadly game of thrones.'


'It’s impossible to look away.'


The iconic tale of Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England is reclaimed by WA playwright Kate Mulvany and reinvented for the stage on a majestic scale, with the spotlight shining brightly on the two queens.

Kate Walsh is Elizabeth and Caroline Brazier is Mary, two flawed and fascinating women locked in a monumental feud. The stakes couldn’t be higher. An empire is in jeopardy. A queen’s life hangs in the balance.

One of history’s great rivalries comes to life in this sumptuous spectacle. With plot twists and political intrigue, Mary Stuart transcends its 16th-century origins to become the story of two smart, strong women scheming and struggling to hold on to power, determined to survive in a world dominated by double-crossing men.

With commanding performances by two stars of the stage Mary Stuart is an unmissable theatrical experience.

Adapted by
Kate Mulvany
Kate Walsh, Caroline Brazier, Humphrey Bower, Raj Labade, Kyle Morrison, Igor Sas, George Shevtsov, Dalip Sondhi, Peter Holland, Angelina Curtis
Mel Cantwell
Bruce McKinven & Amalia Lambert
Produced by
Performing Lines WA
Lighting Design
Matthew Marshall
Rachael Dease
Sound Designer
Georgia Snudden
Movement Director
Sam Chester
Production Manager
Kirby Brierty
Production Stage Manager
Sue Fenty
Deputy Stage Manager
Jessica Rogerson
Assistant Stage Manager
Maddie Young
Costume Supervisor
Brooklyn Rowcroft
Costume Makers
Rose Finlay, Siam Costumes (Thailand)

Kate Mulvany - Playwright

Kate Mulvany is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.

Kate’s adaptation of Ruth Park’s Playing Beatie Bow premiered at the STC in 2021. She had two plays premiere in 2019, her adaptation of Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart (STC) and her original work The Mares (Tasmanian Theatre Company) which won the 2020 Tasmanian Theatre Award for Outstanding New Writing. In 2018 Kate premiered her adaptation of Ruth Park’s The Harp in the South (STC) which won both the Stage AWGIE Award and the Major AWGIE Award, along with the David Williamson Prize. In 2017 Kate’s play The Rasputin Affair (Ensemble Theatre) was nominated for an AWGIE award. Her adaptation of Craig Silvey’s Jasper Jones premiered at Barking Gecko followed by productions at Belvoir Street, MTC, QT and STCSA.

Her autobiographical play The Seed (Belvoir St Theatre) won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Independent Production. Co-written by Kate and Anne-Louise Sarks Medea (Belvoir St Theatre) was produced in 2012 and won several awards including an AWGIE and five Sydney Theatre Awards and has been produced in Poland, London and Basel. Other works include; Masquerade (based on the book by Kit Williams), The Danger Age, Blood and Bone, The Web, Somewhere (co-written with Tim Minchin) and Storytime, which won Kate the 2004 Philip Parsons Award.

As a screenwriter, Kate has worked on the development of several television series and is developing a TV series based on The Seed. She has also written two episodes of the Lingo Pictures/Foxtel series Upright. She is currently writing a half-hour script of an anthology series for Gristmill Pty Ltd for the ABC.

Kate is also an award-winning stage and screen actor with credits with many of the major Sydney theatre companies and in many television dramas and films.

Kate Walsh - Performer

With over two decades of experience, Kate Walsh remains one of the busiest actresses in the industry. Her most recent live performance was right here in Perth, in the Fremantle Theatre Company production of The Other Place.

Kate is widely known for her starring role as Dr. Addison Montgomery in the ABC dramas Grey's Anatomy / Private Practice as well as Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, The Umbrella Academy, and Emily In Paris. Most recently Walsh co-starred with Liam Neeson in the film Honest Thief, & Donal Logue in Sometime Other Than Now.

Kate is a passionate advocate for carbon offsets, as well as ocean and marine life conservation. As a long time partner of Oceana, she seeks to protect the world’s oceans and marine life with policymaking, successfully advocating & winning protective legislation for the lower US Eastern Seaboard and Belizean Reef from deep water drilling.  Kate has always been a strong voice in the fight for women’s rights, serving as a member of Planned Parenthood’s Board of Advocates for over 10 years as well as being an ambassador for Operation Smile.

Walsh created and founded the award-winning fragrance, Boyfriend Perfume, and continues to grow and expand the company.

Caroline Brazier - Performer

Caroline is one of Australia’s most accomplished actors working extensively across film, television and theatre since graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

Caroline is most recognisable for her roles portraying Wendy Greene, the long suffering ex-wife to Richard Roxburgh’s Cleaver on ABC’s Rake, to the quirky Chrissy Merchant on the Seven Network’s Packed to the Rafters, or the wonderful Shanti on Network Ten’s Offspring. Caroline’s lead roles extend across a wide range of high profiled television series including Water Rats, City Homicide, Legend of the Seeker, Parallax, Wild Boys, Terra Nova, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries, Dripping in Chocolate, Deep Water, Tidelands, Home & Away, Reef Break, Diary of an Uber Driver and most recently ABC's Wakefield.

Caroline’s theatre work is equally high profiled, including the lead role of Paige in the Sydney Theatre Company’s smash hit production of Dinner, along with lead roles in Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra - all for Bell Shakespeare company, Ray’s Tempest, Enlightenment and Jumpy for
Melbourne Theatre Company, Don’s Party for Sydney Theatre Company, Gasp! For Queensland Theatre Company/Black Swan Theatre Company, Europe for La Mama Theatre, The Incredible Here and Now for the National Theatre of Parramatta and The Literati for Griffin Theatre Company.

Caroline’s recent theatre work is Sydney Theatre Company’s hit production Death of an Anarchist in the role of Superintendent, and most recently Sydney Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed production, Mary Stuart as Mary Stuart.

Caroline’s feature film work includes lead roles in Greg McLean’s thriller Rogue, the sci fi fantasy Pulse, Ben Elton’s comedy Three Summers and Heath Davis' Locusts. Caroline will next be seen opposite Guy Pearce and Liam Neeson in the feature film Blacklight.

Melissa Cantwell - Director

Melissa is a director, writer and Creative Director of independent company The Kabuki Drop.

She has a BA (Film & TV, ECU) and post-graduate Bachelor of Performing Arts (Directing, WAAPA). Melissa’s previous roles in the WA arts sector include Program Manager for The Blue Room Theatre, Associate Director of Perth Theatre Company and Artistic Director of PTC. Under her leadership PTC focused on the development of contemporary works with a unique West Australian voice and providing new opportunities and platforms for emerging and mid-career artists.

For The Kabuki Drop: Nocturna; Whale Fall (PICA/Perth Festival); Slap and Tickle (Adelaide Cabaret Festival); The Elders Project (Fremantle Festival/Art on the Move); The Average Joe (Summernights); Blink (Winter Arts Festival). Directing highlights for PTC: Tender Napalm; A Number; The Ugly One; From the Rubble; Equus; Blackbird; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia. Independent directing credits include States of Shock (PICA); The Proper Shoes (DADDA WA/ ABC Radio). Playwriting Credits include After the Fair; Marmalade and Egg (PTC; JUTE and Queensland Theatre); The Seven Deadly Australian Sins (JUTE, Darwin Theatre Company); and The Lost Girl (Perth Festival / Barking Gecko). She received an Emerging Leader’s fellowship from the International Society for Performing Arts and has been a guest artist, lecturer and speaker for numerous national organisations and institutions.

Bruce McKinven - Designer

Bruce is the Senior Production Designer for Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart, and Site Designer for Adelaide Festival’s Adelaide Writer's Week. Bruce has a 30-year career designing for theatre, festivals, dance and events across Australia, working with some of the nation’s leading practitioners. In theatre Bruce has designed productions for Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare, Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, La Boite, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, and in dance, companies Bruce has designed for include Strut Dance, WA Ballet, Link Dance Company, Expressions Dance Company, Force Majeure, Australian Dance Theatre, Dance North, Tasdance, Queensland Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre.

Most recently he has designed Slow Burn, Together for Emma Fishwick, Rachael Dease’s Hymns for End Times, Whalefall for The Kabuki Drop, and was Design Associate for CO3’s Archives of Humanity, all part of the 2021 Perth Festival.

Amalia Lambert - Designer

Amalia is an emerging set and costume designer. In 2019 Amalia graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Design. On completion of the course, Amalia proudly received The David Hough Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design. Since graduating, Amalia has designed the set and costumes for the West Australian Ballet’s production of The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Awesome Arts festival 2020, receiving the Performing Arts WA Best Costume Design Award 2021. Over 2020 / 2021 Amalia has worked for theatre companies including Performing Lines WA, The Kabuki Drop, The Last Great Hunt and LINK Dance Company. Amalia is a passionate and dedicated creative.

Matthew Marshall - Lighting Design

Matt has been nominated for his work twice by The Helpmann Awards for Best Lighting Design (2012, 2017) and has received nominations for Best Lighting Design from the Australian Production Design Guild. With 20 years of design experience Matt has worked for all the major performing arts companies and festivals in Australia.

Recent designs include The Barber Of Seville (State Opera of South Australia), The Marriage Of Figaro (New Zealand Opera), City Of Lights (Perth Festival), James Galea's Best Trick Ever (Sydney Opera House), Ballet At The Quarry (West Australian Ballet), The Other Place starring Kate Walsh (Fremantle Theatre Company), Tim Minchin's The Absence Of You music video, Cinderella (Seattle Opera), Turn Of The Screw (New Zealand Opera), Tchaikovsky (Tulsa Ballet), La Bohéme (Opera Australia), American Idiot (Shake & Stir/QPAC), Athalia (Pinchgut Opera), Askungen (Royal Swedish Opera), Carmen (Oper Leipzig), Club Swizzle (Roundhouse London), La Cenerentola (Oper Leipzig, San Diego Opera).

Rachael Dease - Composer

Rachael is an award-winning composer encompassing art music, film and theatre scoring, installation and song writing. Her compositions often explore memory, ritual and human connection. Awards include the Martin Sims Award and Melbourne Fringe Music Award for her critically acclaimed song cycle City of Shadows, PAWA for Best Music for Let The Right One In and the 2021 WAM Award for Best Experimental Artist. Work for theatre and dance includes the Helpmann Award-nominated It’s Dark Outside (The Last Great Hunt), House (Barking Gecko), Vespers (Fremantle Biennale) and Sunset (Strut Dance/Maxine Doyle). Residencies include PICA, The Arctic Circle and Malthouse Theatre. In 2020 Dease released Hymns for End Times which was performed with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for Perth Festival 2021. Dease is currently collaborating with Maxine Doyle and Es Devlin on Here Not Here with the Gothenburg Dance Company.

Performing Lines

Performing Lines is a national organisation that produces provocative contemporary performance by Australia’s most audacious independent artists.

The company curates a portfolio of work that is propelled by pressing questions and new ways of seeing the world. They champion the unconventional, the marginal, the rebellious and the new.

Their purpose is to champion risk and to ensure that the breadth and plurality of Australia’s creative potential is represented and celebrated.

Performing Lines is led by Executive Producer Marion Potts and manages teams in Sydney, Perth and Hobart, with a network of producers and presenters around the country and the world.

In Western Australia, Performing Lines WA has a dynamic office of four staff working out of the King Street Arts Centre. The last 12 months has seen the company produce six new works, including four successful seasons at Perth Festival  2021 – Black Brass, Children of the Sea, Galup and Slow Burn, Together.

In everything Performing Lines does, they acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples. Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how Performing Lines works and how they move forward. 

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Time & Location

9 – 25 Feb

Tue – Sat 7pm | Sun 6pm Heath Ledger Theatre, 174-176 William Street, Perth / Yandilup



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    • Adult: $99
    • Concession: $94
    • Friend: $89
  • A Reserve

    • Adult: $89
    • Concession: $85
    • Friend: $81
    • Student: $25
  • B Reserve

    • Adult: $59
  • Preview Performances

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    • A Reserve: $49
    • B Reserve: $39

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  • Auslan interpreted performance Tue 15 Feb 7pm
  • Audio described performance Tue 22 Feb 7pm
  • Tactile tour available before the show on Tue 22 Feb (starts 6pm)

Contains coarse language, adult themes and haze effects. Recommended 15+

Preview Performances: Wed 9 & Thu 10 Feb

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Image: Kate Walsh

  • Stephen Busken for Boyfriend Perfume


  • In association with Fremantle Theatre Company
  • Supported by Perth Festival Medici donors
  • This adaptation of Mary Stuart was commissioned by the Sydney Theatre Company and was first produced at the Rosyln Packer Theatre in February 2019
  • Original Director: Lee Lewis
  • Original Cast: Fayssal Bazzi, Caroline Brazier, Simon Burke, Peter Carroll, Tony Cogin, Andrew McFarlane, Rahel Romahn, Helen Thomson, Matthew Whittet, Darcey Wilson

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