The James Plays

A co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and Edinburgh International Festival

The James Plays – James I, James II and James III – are a trio of new history plays by award-winning writer Rona Munro. 

Exhilarating and vividly imagined, The James Plays bring to life three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the tumultuous fifteenth century.

Each play stands alone as a unique vision of a country tussling with its past and future; together they create an intricate and compelling narrative on Scottish culture and nationhood, full of playful wit and boisterous theatricality.

Playing from 10 September in the Olivier Theatre.

James I

James I: The Key Will Keep the Lock
Through bold and irreverent storytelling, James I explores the complex character of the colourful Stewart king – poet, lover and law-maker. The ensemble includes James McArdle (The Heart of Robin Hood, Chariots of Fire) more and book

James II

James II: Day of the Innocents
A violent royal playground is depicted in James II: a terrifying arena of sharp teeth and long knives. The ensemble includes Andrew Rothney (Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard, Blackbird ), Stephanie Hyam (That Face, Romeo and Juliet) more and book

James III

James III: The True Mirror
Like the king himself, James III is colourful and unpredictable, turning its attention to the women at the heart of the royal court. The ensemble includes Jamie Sives (Game of Thrones, Edward II, Hedda Gabler), Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing, Fortitude) more and book

£15 On Stage Seats
To book on stage seats for any of the James Plays, please go to the show page, select dates & buy tickets, choose a date and time and then use the Automated selection option.


National Theatre of Scotland is core funded by the Scottish Government