Mary said what she said

Darryl Pinckney
Robert Wilson
Performed by
Isabelle Huppert

Robert Wilson offers Isabelle Huppert the throne of Mary Stuart. The two artists look back on the life and torment of the woman who was both Queen of France and Queen of Scots.

Robert Wilson has described actress Isabelle Hubert as “one of the world’s most extraordinary artists” and “one of the few actresses capable of abstract thought”. After Virginia Woolf’s Orlando in 1993 and Heiner Müller’s Quartett in 2006, the leading US director has been reunited with Isabelle Huppert for a theatrical foray into the life of Mary Stuart. Written by author Darryl Pinckney, Mary Said What She Said takes the audience back to Fotheringhay Castle in 1587, the day before the fallen Queen was beheaded.
This is where Mary – after 18 years spent in the prisons of her cousin Elizabeth I of England – recalls the political and religious intrigues, family feuds and romantic imbroglios that have led to her death. In a hypnotic production, Isabelle Huppert gives strength and grace to this famous character. The play features Robert Wilson’s hallmark magic and power, featuring shadow and light effects, a backdrop of chromatic colours and variations in tone, musical landscapes and visions of pictorial beauty.

Running time
1 : 30
Main auditorium
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    Direction, decor and Light creation – Robert Wilson
    Music – Ludovico Einaudi
    French text – Fabrice Scott / Costume designer – Jacques Reynaud / Associate director – Charles Chemin / Scenographic collaboration – Annick Lavallée-Benny / Light creation collaborationXavier Baron / Costume design collaboration – Pascale Paume / Sound design Nick Sagar / Makeup – Sylvie Cailler

    Production: Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
    Coproduction: Wiener Festwochen (Autriche), Teatro della Toscana – Florence (Italie) – Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (Pays-Bas), Thalia Theater – Hamburg (Allemagne)
    In association with EdM Productions – Elisabetta di Mambro

    Création le 22 mai 2019 au Théâtre de la Ville-Espace Cardin, Paris

    “Bob Wilson transforme la star Isabelle Huppert en Marie Stuart pour un seul en scène iconique du metteur en scène texan”.

    “Sous la direction de son complice Robert Wilson, Isabelle Huppert, éblouissante, porte le monologue de Mary Stuart à la veille de son exécution”. La Croix

    “Le duo Huppert-Wilson, une indéniable perfection. Mise en scène par l’artiste américain, la comédienne exécute un numéro de haut vol, avec jeux de la voix, danses, ruptures, mimiques”. Le Figaro

    “Isabelle Huppert, reine d’Écosse et du théâtre. On sait la comédienne capable de tout, mais là, elle atteint un sommet”. Le Monde

    “Seule sur une scène vide, superbement élégante, éclairée par le jeu magique des lumières de Robert Wilson, soumise à une chorégraphie d’une grâce parfaite, tantôt hiératique, tantôt en saccades nerveuses, Isabelle Huppert atteint la perfection”. Figaro Magazine