Mary Queen Of Scots (15)



Drama (2018)
124mins UK

Starring: Jack Lowden, Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pearce
Director: Josie Rourke
Writer(s): Beau Willimon
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

In the late 16th century, Elizabeth rules England but her power is threatened by her 18-year-old cousin, Mary Stuart, who has returned from France to her Scottish motherland. Many English Catholics believe that Mary is the legitimate heir to the English throne and her very existence poses a challenge her Protestant cousin's claim. Members of the respective royal courts including Elizabeth's adviser William Cecil attempt to manoeuvre the two women onto a course of war.

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Mary Queen Of Scots (15)

Trailing in the wake of Yorgos Lanthimos's riotous royal romp The Favourite, director Josie Rourke's lavish drama is a restrained affair which drips copious blood on screen but has little running through its veins. Beau Willimon's screenplay spans 26 years between the return of Mary Stuart to the Scottish motherland and her execution at Fotheringhay Castle at the behest of Elizabeth I. The complicity of the English queen is debated by historians but Rourke's film takes its lead from John Guy's book Queen Of Scots: The True Life Of Mary Stuart and lingers on the image of Elizabeth adding her signature to an execution warrant in the Privy Council Chamber...

Mary Queen Of Scots. Copyright: Focus Features LLC. Caption: Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart in Mary Queen Of Scots, directed by Josie Rourke. Photo: Liam Daniel. All Rights Reserved.A face-to-face encounter between the two women in a secluded barn festooned with lines of drying laundry is another stylish deviation from documented fact but provides this Mary Queen Of Scots with a few lip-smacking minutes for formidable lead actresses Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie to spark off each other. "As long as you do not provoke my enemies, you have nothing to fear," snarls Elizabeth, as the secret rendezvous reaches an acrimonious conclusion.

In 1561, a Protestant queen, Elizabeth I (Robbie), rules England. Her power is threatened by the return of 18-year-old Catholic cousin Mary Stuart (Ronan) from France. Many English Catholics believe Mary is the legitimate heir to the English throne. "You may tell Scotland that we wish to love the Stuarts as our kin but they should love us in return," declares Elizabeth to trusted adviser William Cecil (Guy Pearce). He suggests the simplest way to control Mary would be through a marriage to the queen's "special friend" Robert Dudley (Joe Alwyn). Instead, Mary chooses her first cousin, Lord Darnley (Jack Lowden), and they produce a son and heir, James. "Do you love me?" asks Darnley. "You have given me an heir to two thrones. That matters to me more than love," replies Mary. While figures close to the Scottish queen plot against her, including Protestant cleric John Knox (David Tennant) and her half-brother, the Earl of Moray (James McArdle), men in Elizabeth's court attempt to manoeuvre their monarch on to the blood-stained path of civil war.

Mary Queen Of Scots glosses over Mary's years of incarceration in England before her beheading for dramatic expediency, concentrating on the period when the two women were pitted against one another despite their best effort to remain "sisters". Ronan and Robbie command their scenes with tub-thumping support from a largely homegrown cast. Willimon's script struggles to condense decades of history into an easily digestible two hours of courtly intrigue and ripping bodices. The second half feels overly saturated and dramatic momentum is sluggish but production design and costumes are fit for a pair of duelling queens.

- Kim Hu

Mary Queen Of Scots. Copyright: Focus Features LLC. Caption: Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart in Mary Queen Of Scots, directed by Josie Rourke. Photo: Liam Daniel. All Rights Reserved.


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Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 15th February
To Thursday 21st February

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Bedford, Cineworld Bedford
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Douglas, Cinemaworld Douglas
- Downpatrick, Downpatrick Omniplex
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Fakenham, Central Cinema Fakenham
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Hereford, The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Leven, The Kino Leven
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Louth, Playhouse
- Lowestoft, Marina Theatre
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Pontardawe, Pontardawe Arts Centre
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, Marple Regent
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Tewkesbury, The Roses Theatre
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Cineworld Watford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Wirksworth, The Northern Light Cinema
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Wotton-under-Edge, Electric Picture House
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York
From Friday 22nd February
To Thursday 28th February

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Bideford, Kingsley School
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bishop's Stortford, Rhodes Arts Complex And Bishop's Stortford Museum
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Gulbenkian
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Carlow, Carlow Omniplex
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Coventry, Showcase Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Cromer, Regal Movieplex
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Dereham, The Orion Cinema, Dereham
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Lothian Road
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Fakenham, Central Cinema Fakenham
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Falmouth, The Poly
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow - Queensgate
- Haslemere, Haslemere Hall
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hawick, Heart Of Hawick, Tower Mill
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Hull Truck Theatre
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leighton Buzzard, Leighton Buzzard Theatre
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Cineworld Speke
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Lowestoft, Marina Theatre
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford Magdalen Street
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Penzance, Savoy
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Pocklington, Pocklington Arts Centre
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Spalding, South Holland Centre
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke Film Theatre
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Torrington, The Plough Arts Centre
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Tywyn, Magic Lantern Cinema
- Wallingford, Corn Exchange
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Weston-super-Mare, Cineworld Weston-Super-Mare
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Whitby, Whitby Pavilion Complex
- Winchester, Everyman Winchester
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
- York, Vue York


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