Mrs President

Theatre (historical, drama)

  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Mary Lincoln is grieving. She needs a new image to win the hearts of the American people and silence the envious elite accusing her of treason. Who better for the job than the celebrity photographer who helped her husband win the presidency? But all is not as it appears for the First Lady… Subject and artist battle for creative control over their own narratives as they attempt to capture an iconic image of America’s First Widow. A new play about the power of representation by acclaimed artist, playwright, and historian John Ransom Phillips.

Please note that while all media gallery content is provided by verified members of the event, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not review or approve this content before it is posted. Reports of inappropriate content or copyright infringement can be directed to [email protected].

General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Stair-lift with folding seat to 1st floor from foyer (requires transfer from wheelchair to stair-lift chair at ground level, transfer from one stair-lift chair to another at first floor level, and transfer back to wheelchair at second floor). Staff can carry an unoccupied manual wheelchair up the stairs while the wheelchair user uses the seated stair lift. Electric wheelchairs and heavy wheelchairs cannot be carried upstairs. If not taking the stair lift the space is accessed by one flight of stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Nikki Watson 40 days ago

If you enjoy theatre where performers are at the top of their game, then this show is for you, a well crafted and solid show, beautiful script, with all the elements of professionalism and stage craft.

Huck Portobello 40 days ago

In her bittersweet search for an indentity not subsumed to that of her President husband (Abe Lincoln) Mary Todd Lincoln attempts to convince the 'official Government photographer' (to whom she has a duty to report to so that he can make official FLotUSA photos), that he need not feel encumbered by her public-office status; and should be more free in his art in capturing her image.

Even as he releases the shutter, the shots ring out that finally sever Mary from her husband's shadow forever!

A bittersweet tale of escape and a fight for individuality and independence, all so tragically realised.

Lyn 44 days ago

Two people, a chair and a camera introduce a host of characters faultlessly. All play their part to reveal the dramatic life of President Lincoln’s wife. The script and the actors’ performances stage and create a masterpiece.

Charlie Wellington 50 days ago

There is genuine artistry in this work. The finest acting I’ve seen in this year’s Fringe. The story is mesmerizing. Well worth more than the price of admission. A rare, surreal drama amidst all the entertainment of this festival. See it before the magic ends.

Robert Sneider 51 days ago

5-STARS! Best show at this year's fringe. The writing, directing and acting is next level. This play is thought-provoking. I was left speechless.

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Around The Town Chicago 36 days ago

A combination of the acting and script leaves you more sympathetic for Mary Lincoln than what history has written about her.

Read the full review

Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 36 days ago

Those looking for a change of pace from bright lights and brash comedy might like to seek out this quietly assured and authoritative production.

Read the full review

One4Review (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

It is a compelling hour of Fringe theatre, and I would highly recommend catching this performance.

Read the full review

The Indiependent (3/5 stars) 42 days ago

Mrs President offers a deeply profound and evocative study of Mrs Lincoln, transforming her soiled image into a sensitive portrait of grief and vulnerability in times of immense hardship.

Read the full review

Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 48 days ago

The play contributes to redressing the traditional image of Mary Lincoln as a vilified woman with insights that explain her condition in a sensitively crafted and informative drama.

Read the full review

Broadway World (5/5 stars) 50 days ago

It’s an evocative production with a rich script and outstanding performances. It has it all. History, feminism, drama, grief. It’s a beautiful piece of theatre on all fronts, one that can’t be missed.

Read the full review

Plays International & Europe (4/5 stars) 53 days ago

As Brady says at the beginning, there is much alchemy here and indeed magic. Wonderful.

Read the full review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Please login to add a review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.