- 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.