Mary Queen of Scots

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Certificate: 15
Length: 124 mins
Director: Josie Rourke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden

Powered by two stunning female lead performance, this tale of rival monarchs is an explosive web of intrigue. Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) returns to her native Scotland, refusing to remarry after being widowed at 18.

With her cousin, Queen Elizabeth (Margot Robbie) under pressure to name a successor, the two monarchs quickly become rivals.

This richly mounted film from Working Title brings new depths to the tale of two female rulers in a man’s world. As you would expect from the developer of Netflix’s House of Cards, this is a gripping tale of conspiracy and betrayal that puts questions of women’s power at its centre.

“Of course, it’s not the first lusciously appointed period drama to fall into this middlebrow zone, but it makes a pretty good case that it should be one of the last.” – Vulture

“Saoirse Ronan is on savagely strong form as Mary Stuart” ★★★★ – The Times

“A history lesson with more fire in the belly than most. It turns out that a feminist angle really can revive the same old Tudor psychodramas, thanks in large part to Ronan and Robbie’s authoritative performance” ★★★★ – Empire Online