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Yerma (2016)

"Maureen Beattie is wonderfully grim as Her's distant mother." - The Telegraph.

"Many of the show’s swiftly diminishing moments of humour come from Maureen Beattie’s inspired Helen, the women’s no-nonsense mother." - The Financial Times. 

Right Now (2016)

"Maureen Beattie is on excellent form as the outrageous Juliette." - The List.

Yer Granny (2015)

"Maureen Beattie turns in a strong and suitably frustrated performance." - Edinburgh Evening News.

Romeo And Juliet (2015)

"The youth and freshness of this production, and strong performances, particularly from Maureen Beattie as Juliet's mother and Sharon D Clarke as the nurse, make it attractive and accessible." - The Telegraph.

The Deliverance (2015)

"This is a raw, painful but always exquisitely controlled and modulated hour in which the woman – played magnificently by Maureen Beattie with a searing, slow-burning intensity – takes refuge in a church to ask one last favour of the God she no longer believes in." -The Guardian. 

The Carousel (2014)

"Maureen Beattie is superb, bringing all the characters vividly alive with a gutsy sometimes fragile intensity." - The Guardian.

" Beattie performs each character with real gusto.There's not one point where you see any of her energy filtering away. As a woman frustrated and determined to discover her dying mother's past, she's someone who has a powerful stage presence." - Edinburgh Evening News. 

" Beattie gives a brilliantly accomplished performance over the whole piece. She becomes each part, from wanton woman to protective mother and even mischievous sons with consummate ease."  - 

"(Beattie) gives a fiery virtuoso...powerhouse performance." - 

Dark Road (2013)

"Beattie's strength and authority shines through in her highly convincing portrayal of Isobel." - Glasgow Theatre Blog 

"A superb performance from Maureen Beattie that convincingly combines vulnerability with a sure sense of her own power." - The Edinburgh Reporter 

"The lead character Chief Superintendent Isobel McArthur, is being played by another Scottish national treasure, the ever excellent Maureen Beattie." - The Telegraph

"Beattie is in explosive form, creating a somewhat self-obsessed, but highly likeable character." - The Stage 

"In the role of Edinburgh's uncompromising chief of police, Maureen Beattie commands the stage effortlessly with a sympathetic and generous execution of the role that cements her reputation as one of Scotland's finest actors." - Edinburgh Evening News.

 Noises Off (2013)

"Maureen Beattie's forgetful and patently batty Dotty and Chris Larkin's Frederick, were both unadulterated comedy triumph." - News Letter (Northern Ireland) 

"Maureen Beattie is in top form as Dotty Otley." -

"From the mild indulgence of the 'daily woman' Mrs Clackett, played with comic aplomb by a pom-pom slippered Maureen Beattie.." -

"Maureen Beattie's forgetful Dotty sets the tone and tempo for the rest of the production admirably - Edinburgh Evening News

"The performance that steals the show, however, is that of Maureen Beattie, as the middle-aged and at times forgetful actress Dotty Otley. Beattie stays perfectly in character as the be-turbaned and be-aproned cleaning lady cum housekeeper Mrs Clackett, darting around the stage in her slippers with precariously balanced plates of sardines." - Barbara Michaels: The Public

"Maureen Beattie's Dotty is a superb creation, as the lead actress longs for better work. This gives Beattie much to play with and she does so with aplomb and dexterity. Watching her crumble before your very eyes and resort to the antics of a child is delightful to see." -

"Maureen Beattie as Dotty, playing housekeeper Mrs Clackett, shifts wonderfully between voices and postures for her two roles." - Manchester Confidential

"...Dotty Otley performed with such consummate skill and unmitigated imaginative beauty by Maureen Beattie..." -

 No Quarter (2013)

"In the opening scene, we meet Lily - the excellent Maureen Beattie." - The

"Maureen Beattie is touching as his confused, doomed mother," - The Telegraph.

"There is excellent support from Maureen Beattie as his wandeing mother." - The Guardian

"Tom Sturridge's scenes with the magnificent Maureen Beattie are particularly strong." - The Observer.

 The Snowman (2012)

"Actress Maureen Beattie added her lovely tones to the narration." - Aberdeen Evening Express

"The musical forces produced the finest account of The Snowman in years, led by the immaculately-timed narration of Maureen Beattie, a consummate professional if ever there was one.Brilliant stuff." - The Herald

 A Midsummer Night's Dream (2012)

"Maureen Beattie and Jimmy Yuill were the actors whose sonorous voices resounded around the Usher Hall." -

 The List (2012)

"But the really magnificent thing is Maureen Beattie's mesmerising and thrillingly unforgiving performance as a woman who cannot forgive herself." - The Guardian. 

"Beattie holds this highly strung woman's conflicts together in a potent but subtle performance. While her clear blue eyes house storms within them and her face is a lively indicator of her passion, she never allows these enormous emotions to crescendo into melodrama. With the audience looking down, perched on tall benches at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre in Summerhall, Beattie's vulnerability seems magnified under our gaze, but the carries the pressure fearlessly." - The Stage. 

"Maureen Beattie gives a simmering performance as the unamed narrator...It's Beattie's superb, deceptively physical performance that really brings the play to life. Filling the small space with her increasingly strung-out movements, she does a wonderful job of creating the other characters in the story as well as the two very distinct sides of her protagonist's public/private personae, in the process drawing us ever deeper in to her helpless, desperate confession." - The List.

"Maureen Beattie leads the audience in this one-woman production, drawing our attention and emotion through a winding narrative that creates a feat of storytelling.  It's simplistic in its presentation, relying on Beattie's skillful delivery to reach into the story and tell her character's perspective. Tremblay's play is a curious one that touches upon the necessities of motherhood, and the complicated emotion that transpires when you want to lock yourself away in a cupboard to be rescued from life and your responsibility as a parent.  Beattie tackles all of this with subtlety and commitment and, as the closing moments of The List come to pass, you can't help but be moved by her storytelling."  - A Younger Theatre.

 Enquirer (2012)

"Maureen Beattie's representation of foreign correspondent Ross Wynne-Jones is an emotional heartbreaker." - The Stage.

"There's a moving description by writer Ros Wynne-Jones (superbly played by Maureen Beattie) of seeing her report on a massacre in East Timor forced down the news agenda by the announcement of a royal wedding." -

 27 (2011)

"Beattie gives a vibrant performance." - The British Theatre Guide.

"The uncompromisingly complex Ursula is certainly a worthy challenge for Beattie, who brings an unexpectedly firm physical presence to the role which is mesmerising to watch."  - Edinburgh Evening News.

"A compelling performance from Maureen Beattie." - The Scotsman.

"Beattie gives a fearless study of doubt, loss and belief." - The Herald.

"Beattie is magnificent as Ursula." - The Independent.

"A fantastic performance from Maureen Beattie." - The List.

"The fine cast are led by the superb Maureen Beattie, as the tormented Sister Ursula." - Sunday Herald.

"Beattie plays Ursula with warmth and energy." - The Arts Desk.

"Maureen Beattie is the star of the play - feisty, determined, loving and loyal." - Lothian Life.

"Maureen Beattie captures Sister Ursula's girlish innocence and exudes a warm and vivacious energy." -

 The Master Builder (2010)  

"It is the Master Builder's wife, Aline, played masterfully by Maureen Beattie, who delivers the best comic lines, even if they are tragic comedy." - Southern Daily Echo. 

"There's a lovely performance from Maureen Beattie, as Solness's wife - her demeanour encapsulating the life of loss and suffering." - What's On Stage.

"Maureen Beattie offers a skillful portrait of suppressed grief as Solness's wife, who forsees tragedy long before we do," - Evening Standard

"Maureen Beattie as Aline Solness is convincing and genuine in her portrayal of the unhappy figure encompassing her heartfelt suffering. -

"(Solness's) wife was beautifully played by Maureen Beattie, allowing us to see her pain at the fire that once destroyed all her possessions." -

"The power of the central drama for the supporting cast to make their mark, but Maureen Beattie hovers strongly in the background as the sardonic Mrs Solness." - The Stage.

 "Maureen Beattie is quietly affecting as Aline Solness.  Beattie is terrific, carrying herself carefully as if afraid she might shatter if she sees too much or makes too sudden a movement." - The Guardian.

"Maureen Beattie has the power as an actor to go head to head with these two (Michael Pennington and Naomi Frederick) and even to burn them off the stage, but she rightly buttons everything up tight as Solness's wife." - Fiancial Times.

 Federer Versus Murray (2010)

"Maureen Beattie and Gerry Mulgrew turn in fine performances." - Herald Scotland.

 The Cherry Orchard (2010)

"Maureen Beattie's elegant Mrs Ramsay MacKay is a centrepiece of loveliness and intensity." - Morning Star

"Due to Maureen Beattie's exquisitely sensitive portrayal of Mrs MacKay." -

"Maureen Beattie makes a vivacious Ramsay MacKay." - Herald Scotland.

"The leads are excellent - Maureen Beattie capturing the inconsistency and grief of Mrs Ramsay MacKay." - The List.

"Beattie is at the core of this production and she is more than able to meet the demands of the character. She is convincing as the matriarch of this dysfunctional clan."  -

"Beattie is superb. She has a masterly and entirly appropriate way of drawing in the action or excluding entirely the parasitic men." - The Stage.

"Maureen Beattie's Mrs Ramsay MacKay is a masterpice of elegance and warmth,a memorable portrait of an intelligent and passionate woman."  - The Scotsman.

 This Wide Night (2009)

"Maureen Beattie develops Lorraine's character and confidence magnificently." - The British Theatre Guide.

"Maureen Beattie and Zawe Ashton deliver emotionally subtle, gently humourous performances." - The Independent.

"Outstanding. I was blown away by Beattie's Lorraine. She was hilarious, vulnerable, remorseful and frightening and all wonderfully brought to life by her beautiful native Scottish accent. In fact, she was so impressive that she dominated the attention from Zawe Ashton a little too much."

"The beautiful, touching acting of Maureen Beattie and Zawe Ashton." -

"Maureen Beattie touchingly communicates sweaty agitation, a scatty, borderline unhinged personality and a gnawing grief about the circumstances of her son's adoption." - The Telegraph.

"The production is beautifully performed by Maureen Beattie and Zawe Ashton." - Time Out.

"Both Maureen Beattie and Zawe Ashton give quite remarkable performances, captivating the audience throughout.  Beattie's Lorriane is so authentic and watchable, you even become quite enamoured by her quirky characteristics that often provide the only light hearted moments of the piece. Beattie ensures her plight draws the utmost compassion from the audience." -

"Both Zawe Ashton and Maureen Beattie were inspired and did wonders with an already brilliant script."

"Maureen Beattie and Zawe Ashton are outstanding in their truthful and delicate performances." - What's On Stage.

 Ghosts (2009)

"It is hard to find fault with Maureen Beattie's Mrs Alving. Her performance is rather thrilling, progressing from shrewd business manners to hysterical fear in 80 minutes. It's an excellent performance that is far more layered than it first appears , and for that Beattie should be commended." -

"Maureen Beattie magnificent. Her nuanced, emotionally explosive performance never overshadows the other performers. Rather, Beattie's acting enhances the contribution of a universally fine cast." - Sunday Herald

"She delivers a compelling performance. The show belongs to Beattie." -

"Maureen Beattie is an apt lead for this production. Her able and quietly nuanced Mrs Alving does more than enough to affirm the showbiz in her blood." - FT.Com

"Together Maureen Beattie and Kevin McMonagle light up the stage." - Morning Star.

 Henry 1V Parts 1 & 11 (2007)

"Maureen Beattie is a splendidly, busty and generous Mistress Quickly, whos epitaph to Falstaff, moved me to tears." - The Telegraph.

"Eastcheap is marvellously created - a terrific Maureen Beattie here." -

"On the credit side, there's a marvellous Glaswegian Mistress Quickly from Maureen Beattie." - Mail On Sunday.

"Lex Shrapnel's flashing-eyed, graceful, alluring Hotspur does the play proud, as does Maureen Beattie's heaving-cleavaged Mistress Quickly, when she comes on to the Lord Chief Justice." The Guardian.

 Rebecca (2005)

"Maureen Beattie was equally as good as the anguished Mrs Danvers and provided the audience with a wonderful insight into how a good actor can portray a gamut of emotions on stage." -

"Maureen Beattie must have injected pure malice into her veins to pull off the sinister role, which reduced not only the suffering Mrs De Winter to a quivering wreck, but also myself." - Hexham Courant.

"Dressed all in black, with her hair in a severe bun, everything about her - from her harxh voice to her demonic eyes - conjured fear and dread." - Cambridge News.

"We meet the rather sinister housekeeper, Mrs Danvers, performed with brittle, ice-cold composure by Maureen Beattie, dressed in funeral black." -

 Titus Andronicus (2003)

"Maureen Beattie successfully achieves the evil that is Tamora, Queen of the Goths." - BBC Coventry and Warwickshire website.

 Richard 111 (2003)

"Those who manage to colour their roles arrestingly, include Maureen Beattie, whose handsomely spoken Queen Elizabeth has no trouble in holding the stage against Richard." - The Spectator.

"Maureen Beattie is wonderfully feisty, as dominant a character as Henry Goodman (Richard), commanding the stage and giving better than she gets before Richard resumes control," - The British Theatre Guide.

 Small Change (2002)

"Rufus Norris' production does the play proud with performances of blazing intensity and emotional candour from Susan Brown and Maureen Beattie as the mothers." - The Telegraph.

 Medea (2000-2)

"An overhelming performance by Maureen Beattie, who portrayed the tormented Medea, was the high point of the evening." -

"Maureen Beattie was incredible." -

"Maureen Beattie is a magnetic Medea." - Edinburgh Evening News.

"Sassy, sussed and straight talking Beattie, rages with convincing venom.  Beattie's Medea is no mere victim andd the gripping portrayal of this, is what keeps all eyes pinned on her." - The Scotsman.

"Maureen Beattie is a woman's woman. A performer rich of voice and sharp of intellect, who has the reserves of strength needed to create an unforgetable Medea." - The Stage.

"Maureen Beattie's performance as the powerfully driven Medea includes occassional, almost comic, nods towards the audience, more reminiscent of music hall than tragedy, then switches back to high destructive emotion in a moment without breaking the spell. The strangeness alone is fascinating to behold." -


The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (2001)

"The icily wicked White Witch is played superbly by Maureen Beattie." - The Stage.

 The Deep Blue Sea (2000)

"Maureen Beattie is excellent. She pierces the heart with a spendid skillfully understated performance." - The Independent.

 Othello (1998)

"Every bit as good is Maureen Beattie, as the earthy Emiliia, Iago's wife and Desdemona's lady-in-waiting. Her horror in the final scene, when she realises the extent of Iago's malice, gives the production it's true emotional climax." - New York Times.

 The Chinese Wolf (1993)

"The performances by Maureen Beattie and Julia Ford are impeccable."

"Maureen Beattie makes a memorably abrasive Ruby."

Taken from the London Theatre Record 1993.

 Mary And Lizzie (1989)

"Maureen Beattie and Lesley Sharp provide perceptive, human performances as Mary and Lizzie." - Taken from the London Theatre Record 1989.

 The Man Who Came To Dinner (1989)

"Miss Beattie gave a splendid performance - cool, witty, sensitive and controlled - in The Man Who Came To Dinner."  - Taken from The British Theatre Yearbook 1990.

"Maureen Beattie gives a first rate performance." - Chicago Tribune.

 King Lear (1988) 

"Maureen Beattie is strong, firm and unsentimental as Cordelia."

 Who's Left (1987)

"The cast all sustain intelligent, rounded performances." - Glasgow Herald.