Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off

by Liz Lochhead

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off Synopsis

This is the familiar tale of the enmity between Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots, but retold by Scotland's unofficial Poet Laureate with a ferocious iconoclasm. Needless to say, the play ends when Mary Queen of Scots gets her head chopped off! A modern Scottish classic, first staged at the Edinburgh Lyceum in 1987, Liz Lochhead's Mary Queen of Scots is republished here in a revised version with a new introduction by the author. The play is enormously popular with Scottish schools and drama groups. It was originally published by Penguin.

Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off Press Reviews

'It draws the most uncomfortable parallels between the sacrifice of Mary, and the myriad sexual, political and religious deformities that still plague the Scottish psyche.' The Guardian


'A triumph - the characterisations never slide over into caricature but are full-bodied, subtle, humorous and virile'. Time Out

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ISBN: 9781848420281
Publication date: 16/04/2009
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848420281
Publication date: 16th April 2009
Author: Liz Lochhead
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Plays, playscripts,

About Liz Lochhead

Liz Lochhead was born in Motherwell in Lanarkshire on 26 December 1947. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art between 1965 and 1970 before teaching fine art in Glasgow and Bristol for over eight years. In the early 1970s she joined Philip Hobsbaum’s writer’s group, other members of which included Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Tom Leonard. Her first collection of poems, Memo for Spring, was published in 1972 and won a Scottish Arts Council Award. In 1978 she was selected for a Scottish/Canadian Writer’s Exchange fellowship. She abandoned her teaching career and travelled to Canada to become ...

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