The National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre of Great Britain & Edinburgh International Festival present
The James Plays
By Rona Munro | Directed by Laurie Sansom
Sat 23 April - Sun 24 April
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Photograph by David Eustace
The James Plays
This page is an overview of The James Plays, to view each individual page for more information, prices and to book your tickets, scroll down and click on each individual link.
James I, James II and James III are a modern cycle of history plays by award-winning playwright Rona Munro. This vividly-imagined trilogy brings to life three generations of Stewart Kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century and represents an unprecedented co-production by the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future; viewed together they create a complex and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood. An ensemble of 20 actors takes the audience through a rarely-explored period of history with playful wit and boisterous theatricality.
When The James Plays premiered in Autumn 2014, the critical and public impact was extraordinary. Described by The Telegraph as “better than Shakespeare” and ‘Rona Munro's thrilling trilogy could be the finest history plays ever penned ’ The James Plays sold out their run at the Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain in London, causing a storm of attention, and thrilling audiences. Now returning for a high-profile UK and international tour, these plays represent theatre-making at its very best.
'it all comes round, it all comes round again whatever you do'
How to book
You can book The James Plays individual shows or as a package. We also have the option to book your package with a dinner option.
There is also the option to enjoy each play from the performer's perspective onstage! There are a limited amount of onstage seats which are built into the set, so you're at the heart of the action and become part of the people's parliament overlooking the courts.
Book your package by clicking the links below:
Show Package - all three plays
Stage Seating - all three plays
Dinner Package for 1 - all three plays and a dinner option
Dinner Package for 2 - all three plays and a dinner option
About the Plays
James I: The Key Will Keep The Lock
Prisoner of England for 18 years, James is delivered back to his homeland, with an English bride, to reign as James I of Scotland. Returning to a troubled nation, he faces terrible choices if he is to save himself, his Queen and the crown.
Please note this performance contains strong language, violent scenes , brief nudity and is not be suitable for children. An age guide of 14+ is suggested. Running time – approx 2 hrs 30 mins, including one 20 minute interval.
James II: Day of the Innocents
Crowned King at aged six, James II is a puppet in a vicious game between Scotland’s most powerful families. As he approaches adulthood, James must fight for his crown while the nightmares of his childhood torment him.
Please note this performance contains strong language, flashing and strobe lighting and violent scenes and is not be suitable for children. An age guide of 14+ is suggested. Running time – approx 2 hrs 22 mins, including one 20 minute interval.
James III: The True Mirror
Charismatic, cultured, and obsessed with grand gestures, James III is loved and loathed by his nation. Scotland’s future may lie with his resourceful and resilient wife, Margaret of Denmark. Can she rescue a struggling nation?
Please note this performance contains strong language, violent scenes, nudity and is not suitable for children. An age guide of 14+ is suggested. Running time – approx 2 hrs 30 mins, including one 20 minute interval.