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, they 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: The Key Will Keep the Lock
James II: Day of the Innocents
James III: The True Mirror

To book £15 on-stage seats for any of the three productions, please go to the show page, select Dates & buy tickets, choose a date and time and then use the Automated selection option.


£12 tickets for UK schools
Workshops and Q&As for KS4/KS5 students

If you are a school you can request tickets using our online school group booking form. Our box office will be in touch once your tickets are reserved.

Related Platform talk
Rona Munro and Laurie Sansom talk about the trilogy. Friday 26 September, 6pm

In Context events
Medieval Castle Life Thursday 2 October, 2 – 5pm, Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room
Scottish Literature of the 15th Century Friday 17 October, 2 – 4pm, Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room
Writing History Plays Thursday 23 October, 2 – 4.30pm, Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room


National Theatre of Scotland is core funded by the Scottish Government